I've become addicted to smocking. I can't help it! So here are some smocked Easter outfits I make for my kids.
My son just would not sit still.
My daughters dress is Daisy from Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine #89. It's done in pink cotton with the prettiest subtle, swirly floral pattern. Lined in white cotton. The instructions called for crochet on the collar and sleeves, but I can't crochet, so I found some nice pink lace edging instead.
Here's a close-up of the smocking. 24 full and half rows of the same stitch, over, and over, and over again. I was quite glad to be done with it. But I've very pleased with the result. I love the little daisies with the button centers!
I had a time getting my husband to agree to smocking on my son! He vetoed nearly everything I suggested as "too girly." Hmph! But I finally managed to find something that he thought wouldn't embarrass they boy. Vogue #7504 in dark blue linen, lined with white cotton. The pattern had a shirt to go with the jumper, but it had a rounded collar and apparently that's on my husbands no fly list. So we just bought a white polo for underneath.
After the herculean effort that went into my daughter's smocking, this was a breeze! One color, eight rows, and I actually got to use a few different stitches!
One last pic just for fun! I was really happy with how they both turned out and was especially happy that the weather decided to cooperate for shorts!