Star of the Show…

Well, hopefully.  I have this smocked at least two years ago, but never made it into the dress.  The pattern is called Star of Show, from Australian Smocking & Embroidery:

But the time has come that I have to do the construct or else Baby would never have a chance to wear it.  If all goes well, this will be Baby’s Easter dress.  Stay tuned… I should have some pictures to show you soon.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a lovely day! :)

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!

Completed: Pumpkin Patch Smocked Bishop


This is how the “pumpkin patch” smocked bishop looks upon completion! It turned out very very fall-ish. I am in love with it:

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The colors used are DMC 951, 922, 3826. Smocking plate is from Australian Smocking & Embroidery Issue 47 (original project: Baby Blue). Fabric is peach satin batiste. This fabric has a very fine feel, and better yet, it has a slight sheen that adds to the beauty of the dress!

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Besides the smocking, what made me melt is the wide hem! I have a thing for wide hems on little girls’ dresses. They make the dresses look just a little less casual!

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I didn’t use but a little lace for this dress – a bit of cream Swiss embroidery lace on the sleeves:

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In my humble estimation, the bishop cut is a most timeless designs in children’s fashion — it had looked good in the past; it looks good now; and it will still look good 50 years and beyond from now!

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Thank you for stopping by. I want to wish all my bloggy visitors a fabulous weekend. I will be teaching a Free Form Feather Drawing Class at Rogers Sewing Center, and I am looking forward to it!

Springy Blue Smocking


I am showing a smocked dress front in the shade of springy blue (the smocking plate is from Australian Smocking & Embroidery). I hope you have a lovely springy Monday! What I will be doing this week is basically just quilt, quilt, quilt, AND quilt!!! More pictures to come later this week.



I will catch up with you later!  Have a great week, Everyone!

So many choices…

There are just way too many smocking plates out there for a smocker to use. It took me a while to decide on exactly what to smock and what colors to use for my next bishop project. The smocking plate I decided to use is from an older issue of Australian Smocking & Embroidery (Issue 53/2000):


With a lavender/purple twist:


Stay tuned. I will have more pictures for you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone! I will most probably be sewing and doing some house cleaning. What would you be doing?

The “fun”-look of Smocking

Unlike the more formal and traditional smocking like I have done for this daygown, I have also done some smocking that has what I call the “fun-loving” look – not as seriously heirloom, but rather a look that exudes the liveliness of childhood. All the smocking plates are from Australian Smocking & Embroidery:

One of the things I am going to do after I finish my deadline quilts is definitely getting back to sewing some children’s clothing! I have this lemony dotted Swiss batiste that I have been dying to smock with flosses of hot pink and lime green to make another daygown. Can’t wait!!

Have a lively day, everyone! :)