Completed: Lemonade Smocked Daygown

I am enjoying some down time from quilting deadlines, and am pleased that I am able to complete some heirloom sewing UFO’s. The latest is my lemonade smocked daygown:


The pattern is from Ginger Snaps Designs. In fact it is identical to the pink daygown I completed a couple of weeks ago. But as you can see, the fabric and thread color make a huge difference in the final look. The pink one (Imperial Batiste with tone on tone smocking) looks prim and proper, while the lemonade one (Dotted Swiss with contrasting smocking) looks playful and lively:



I decided to also leave the front geometrically smocked without any embroidery:


The smocked sleeves:


Closeup of the Swiss embroidery lace edging (isn’t it sweet?):


Ah, it’s always good to get something completed. Another monkey off my back -just so that I can pile on even more monkies! :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! I will catch up with you tomorrow.

Peachy Pink, Pink, Pink

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope your week is going well for you so far.

I completed the embroidery on the baby daygown slip. I realized after the fact that using an entredeux would have probably been better before attaching the lace:


Once the embroidery was completed, I felt compelled to finish constructing the daygown. The ensemble is made of a peachy pinkish Imperial Batiste. The daygown pattern is from Ginger Snaps Designs, and the slip pattern is from Old Fashioned Baby:


I opted to just do geometric smocking on this daygown to give it a touch of simplicity:


I just think smocked sleeves are the sweetest things, especially on babies:


Thanks for stopping by. I will catch with you tomorrow.

“Lemonade” Smocking & News

HAPPY MONDAY, Everyone, I hope you have had a great weekend! I had a blessed one even though it was a bit hectic.

“Lemonade” Quilts are quilts made with either a pink or yellow color scheme. I thought I would show you the 95% finished smocking on my dotted Swiss “Pink & Yellow Lemonade” daygown ( I won’t be able to add the boullion roses until the gown is constructed):

I didn’t have much trouble with smocking through the dotted Swiss even though I didn’t remove the dots from the smocking area, except for when the needle had to go right through a “dot”. But as long as I kept my needle perpendicular to the pleat, and push a little harder, I didn’t have any problems:

The daygown should look like this after construction (hopefully!):

Picture from Nancy Coburn


Meanwhile, look what I got?

The Pieceful Garden Quilt Kits are ready to ship starting TOMORROW!

Photo courtesy of The Quilter