Quick update: Hello Friends! I am immensely touched by your sweet comments left on the last post. I also want to thank you for all your prayers. We are doing well. I am still not back in my regular routine. Currently, I am not able to reply to my emails even though I am able to view them. So, I will be slowly visiting you on your blogs (if you have one). I will not be able to reply to your emails until late next week.
Many of you were so sweet – you wrote and asked if I completed Miss Baby’s Christmas Dress in 2011. Answer is “yes!” I managed to get the dress done 45 minutes before we were supposed to leave for church on Christmas morning. How WILD is that? Without any delay, here it is…. :)
The smocking plate is Holly Berry by Cross Eyed Cricket. It is a delightful plate. I added an extra green row at the bottom of the design to give the green a little more presence. The berries are 4mm glass beads, purchased from Cross Eyed Cricket to give the holly berry sprigs a three-dimensional look.
The fabric I used is Spechler-Vogel’s Swiss Satin Batiste (white). I don’t really like to smock on satin batiste because the fabric always feels so flimsy, and doesn’t really stiffen when starched after I block the bishop on the smocking board. But the fabric does feel and look beautiful because it has a nice sheen to it.
Now onto the drama…. I forgot to cut the dress longer like I usually do. So I was needing to add some length to the dress. My sewing mentor Annelle’s suggestion is to add a bit of lace insertion. Great idea! I got my lace and extra fabric ordered. It was Christmas Eve when I realized I hadn’t ordered enough lace and entredeux. So the insertion was out of the question, and it was too late for me to order any extra lace! I pulled out all the laces in my meager collection, and finally came up with enough to make a lace band to add at the bottom of the hem. The laces are a mixture of French-made Val laces, and Swiss-made embroidered lace. I also followed Jeannie Baumeister’s way to embellish the entredeux in the lace band. I like the “candy cane” effect a lot!
I am going to try REALLY hard to get Miss Baby’s Christmas outfits done ahead of time this year. Really! :) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend! No promise yet, but I hope to get back to my regular blogging routine next week!