This is no joke – I started this smocking project back in 2006 while I was taking a trip to the East Coast. It was my “trip project”. Back then, I really thought I had a loooooong time before needing to get this dress done. But of course that was 6 years ago, and a lot has happened in the last 6 years…
I got most of the smocking done way back when, except for one of the front pieces. I am trying to get the remaining unsmocked piece smocked, and have just had the hardest time matching the threads — because airhead here (aka problem child when it comes to sewing) did not have things organized with the actual threads or information on the thread color attached with the fabrics anywhere. Bad girl — and now bad girl is facing the consequence. I think I got that light purple thread right, but for some reason I just feel like the stitching on the smocked pieced looks finer than the one I am trying to do. I have tried smocking with one less strand, and verified that that wasn’t what is causing the stitching to look finer. I am thinking I might have used a different needle… maybe that’s it.
I even brought out the “crystal ball” to try to get to the bottom of things. The crystal ball is this magnifying thingamagic my husband uses to look at electronic circuit board… things seem to look fine. And… you will notice the blue row isn’t stitch, because the jury is still out exactly which shade of blue that is, even after hours of looking at things through the crystal ball!
At this point, I just want this dress smocked for the next step because pretty soon, it will be too small for Miss Baby. And I hope people wouldn’t look too closely at how close the color shades match or how symmetrical the stitches are when the dress is on Miss Baby.
The moral of the story is don’t do I what do and always keep your UFO’s organized. This post is lovingly dedicated to my heirloom sewing teacher Annelle! She has known me in my sewing journey as one who will “invent” a problem when there is none, and so here I am again!
Now, please tell me you don’t have episodes like this when you work with your UPF’s…, but if you do, please share so that I can feel better about myself. Thanks for stopping by. Love you all!