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« on: February 14, 2008 03:11:35 AM »

This is a dress made to a pattern in an old children's clothing book that I found in a charity shop.
it's 2 rectangles, one twice as wide as the other. I used iron on transfer smocking dots on the back 'cos I'm no good at the whole measuring stuff thing. it fitted her really nicely as a short dress last summer (you can see the funky nappy cover pants too) and it still has enough give in it to be a top over some shorts this year.
I was incredibly proud of my smocking.

all hand sewn as I didn't have a sewing machine then. I couldn't get the little poophead to stand up for me, so here she is in full glory, lounging on her barbie chair.

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008 04:03:14 AM »

Great job on the dress, and the cute baby, too!
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 07:06:49 AM »

oooooh I love that fabric. Reminds me of vintage pillowcases. Love it!

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 09:06:12 AM »

I love the dress and the smocking!  Did it take very long to do?
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 05:25:06 PM »

omg, you hand smocked!  I've only seen it done in these vintage books.  I'm incredibly impressed and in awe of your hand sewing skills .

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008 11:45:06 AM »

all thanks to a 1960s sewing course book that I picked up in a jumble somewhere!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008 12:53:26 PM »

wow Shocked
i am so impressed!  i have a pattern for a beautiful christening gown, but it has a lot of smocking and i had no idea how...so i looked it up and then laughed really hard at the thought of me ever having the patience and skills to do it, got out my elastic thread, and just shirred the bodice.
i even called my grandmother who sewed every piece of clothing her 8 children wore and still sews constantly and asked about it...she said she did it once and then never again!
so here's to you and a darling dress and babe.   Cheesy  that really looks good!
ps - do you by any chance want to pass on the dimensions of that dress?  i've made a few (with elastic thread and my machine Embarrassed), but i always have to play around until i get the size right and then of course i never write it down for the next time!

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2008 08:20:26 PM »

Wow!! I have nooo patience to do anything by hand. Plus, as dumb as this may sound, I don't really know how to sew by hand! This dress is so darling and the fabric is perfect. Bravo!! Smiley

« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2008 06:36:18 AM »

wow i'm impressed! i love that dress - the fabric is so vintage looking and the sewing is superb!! Wink
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