Good day, dear Friends! Some of you had written me weeks ago and asked if I was working on an Easter dress for Miss Baby. The answer is I had every intention to do so after our return from the trip to Asia, but I ended up working A LOT after being gone for a month. Long story cut short, my initially planned Easter dress didn’t happen. But…. enter Petite Flower! Sorry I am not able to take a more crisp-er picture of the dress. Sometimes it’s hard to take pictures of small print fabrics. Hopefully you will get a better idea what the dress looks like in the subsequent pictures.
I got a bit emotional over Easter weekend seeing Miss Baby wear Petite Flower to church. You see, I had smocked that dress way back in 2004/2005! The notion of children was still faraway for me then, and I definitely didn’t expect (thought I was hoping I would) to eventually have a daughter that would wear the dress. And yet, there she was, telling me on Easter morning “Beanniful tress, Mom” as I put the dress one her.
When Miss Baby was born, the dress was put away in the “still a long way off” pile with the other pieces of clothing that are of larger size. When the intended Easter dress didn’t materialize this year, I suddenly realized we might have something in the “still a long way off” pile that might work — and Petite Flower fit Miss Baby perfectly!
The dress is an exact replica of Petite Flower from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Issue 63. She was most impressed with the “tracks” (i.e. railroad tracks) I have smocked. I have never looked at the smocked columns as tracks, but I do have a daughter who has engineering bent!
Thinking back on the years that had gone by, I am again grateful for the encouragement I have received along my sewing journey. Back in 2005, I had no idea how to hem a dress. Great friend Annelle came along and did the hemming for me.
I re-dedicated myself as a mother over the weekend after realizing just how fast my little Miss Baby is growing! I am starting a new smocked bishop for her today. Will show you pictures when I have had some substantial work done on it.
Thanks for stopping by! I will catch up with later – I am also starting a new quilt today. Anyone care to come by and babysit while I work?