Smocked Birthday Dress

This was a double-team project between myself and my dear friend Annelle. The dress wouldn’t have materialized had it not been for Annelle doing the construction for me. When I knew how late I was in getting the smocking done, I didn’t even pretend I was going to be able to construct the birthday gown! A big thanks go to Annelle for making the dress happen!

The idea for the dress is “Cherie” from Australian Smocking & Embroidery Issue 44. I preferred Baby to wear white. So, I used a white voile with a pink/white color scheme. The pinks I used were DMC 818 and 3716. I decided to keep the bullions all white for the front closure.

This is another bishop. I just love the bishop cut dresses for little girls. The only difference is this bishop opens at the front instead of at the back:

This is the back:

Around 10 yards of lace were used:

The smocking inspired the design on Baby’s birthday cake:

This was a labor of love for Baby. The bullions were a little tedious while I was rushing to get the embroidery done. But it was worth it all!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Have a lovely weekend!

29 thoughts on “Smocked Birthday Dress

  1. wow the dress is so beautiful with the smock. Never seen something pretty..well done.
    And the cake are just taken from a fairy tale.

    Hugs, Helle

  2. Wendy, I like the white better than the pink one in the magazine. You did a lovely job on all the bullions, and there were a lot of them. What an absolute treasure for baby to have, a real keepsake.

  3. I gasped every time I scrolled down to the next picture on this post. WOW! The dress is so dainty and beautiful and then the cake matches it?! I can’t stand it! :)

  4. Wendy, this is incredibly beautiful. What delicate detail!!! Great that it matches the birthday cake. Fabulous heirloom dress. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! Everything is absoulutely gorgeous!!!

    When my oldest daughter and my son were little, my Mom and I worked together on making them heirloom clothes. I did all of the handwork (smocking) and she would do the construction. She also did the heriloom sewing with the french lace (not for my son, though).

    Looking at these brought back lots of wonderful memories.

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