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Topic: Fun in the sun (or.. the clouds as the case may be!) - smocked summer dress!  (Read 7641 times)
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« on: July 01, 2010 08:42:57 PM »

I have been wanting to try smocking for ages!  Finally I did! 

After much trial and error (Seriously... MUCH), this is the end result!

It is tedious, but gloriously easy!  I love it!  More to come, my friends... More to come!


Made with a lightweight, woven cotton.  1.50 a meter ('cause I bought what was left of the bolt... ahem... 9 meters...)

Had some serious issues getting the hem to sit nicely.  It kept getting shorter and shorter... finally when I thought it was a lost cause, doomed to shirt-dom, my husband suggested a band at the bottom.  The band is shiny lining fabric...

the back...

the front and my crazy face.

close up of the shirring...

I did some shirring on my infinity dress as well.  This dress actually came before the infinity, but is only finished as of today!

I love it Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010 08:48:43 PM »

What a cute dress!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010 08:49:10 PM »

That is so adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010 08:52:10 PM »

I love your dress and fabric! I have yet to try smocking.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010 09:03:07 PM »

That is super cute, and it looks great on you!   

You must have a lot of patience to do all that smocking.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010 09:19:34 PM »

Totally loving it!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010 10:27:44 PM »

Super cute!
I love the look of socking, but would probably give up after 5 inches. Way to persevere!
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010 01:15:15 AM »

Super cute.  I love the fabric.  Great colors Smiley  I can see why you would buy the rest of the bolt for that price Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010 02:22:23 AM »

way cute, LOVE IT! love the color.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010 05:48:55 AM »

Thanks all!

I am very pleased with the end result.  It was verrry tedious to actually do the smocking, but it seems to get faster as you go, which is good!   Think I may wear it again today Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2010 08:28:44 AM »

that is soooo cute!  you look wonderful in it!  Great material....nice work Smiley 
Very flattering on you.
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2010 12:47:29 PM »

Oh wow!  I LOVE it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2010 02:18:57 PM »

That is GORGEOUS!  I tried smocking once with far less success... you did a great job, and you look amazing in the dress!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2010 03:04:05 PM »

It fits you fabulously.  But most of all, I love that fabric!  I would've bought the whole bolt, too.
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2010 04:07:32 PM »

Very awesome!!  Now you can get started on mine.  Hahaha!!!
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2010 04:17:15 PM »

So cute!
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2010 06:48:03 PM »

Thanks ladies!!  Next is a tiered, multi-coloured affair... again, smocked.  I will post that ASAP.  Hoping to finish it before our Montreal trip next week!!

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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2010 08:04:19 AM »

Love the Fabric. super cute dress
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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2010 12:53:37 PM »

Impressive! Very cute and summery.  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2010 05:35:38 PM »

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Smiley i am very jealous of your wicked skills Tongue

i would definitely wear this bad boy!

oh i just imagine the amazingness in some sort of alexander henry tattoo fabric or black and red cherries or skulls... amazing <3

and i love the fabric you chose obviously. great work Grin
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2010 10:41:00 AM »

I like it! You did a Great job! Very Summery!
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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2010 12:54:02 PM »

Very nice and I think the band is the perfect touch!
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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2010 09:48:49 PM »

That looks great. I love the band at the bottom. You have a clever husband!
Can I please ask....when you measured around yourself to make the dress and cut the fabric, how much extra fabric did you allow for the smocking? (I tried this once and used elastic thread for shirring and it ate up my fabric making the finished one too small!)
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2010 09:23:44 AM »

Thanks  Grin

bananabanana, I started out with a piece that was double my bust measurement, but that turned out to be too much and I took off a few inches of smocking at the end.  I made a smocked skirt after this with 1.5 the width of my hips, plus an extra inch or two and that turned out much better.
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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2010 04:51:05 PM »

Coolies. So If I get bust measurement times 1.5 it should fit, with a couple of inches just in case...
I made something WAY too small once and was so bummed about wasting all that time smocking that I haven't done any more. But you have inspired me once more!
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2010 08:23:36 PM »

what an adorable dress! That fabric is nice as a dress! I just learned how to shirr (after figuring out how to make it shirr lol) Great job Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2011 09:47:44 PM »

Love that dress and fabric!
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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2011 10:52:06 AM »

awww that is so cute! i love all the smocking
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2012 09:39:19 AM »

That is so cute! It looks really great on you too. I've been thinking about making a dress like this for a while, and you've inspired me to get to it! Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2012 11:21:17 AM »

love this dress and you look great in it!
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« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2012 07:16:46 PM »

so cute! love the colours as well, they suit you so well!  Grin
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Love the print! I would totally buy it if i saw it in tbe store:)
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