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Topic: Hand smocked dress  (Read 3267 times)
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« on: June 18, 2009 07:58:33 AM »

I made this dress for my daughter to change into after flower girling for a wedding last weekend.  The original idea came from an Australian Smocking magazine, but I changed a few things.  The bodice is fully lined, as are the sleeves (which I'd never done before, but will definitely do again - it eliminates the bulky armhole seam).  This was also my first attempt at a fancy English hem.  It took a lot of time with the ruler and ironing board, and I'm sure there's a more efficient way, alas, it worked, and I LOVE it!

She wore this one after the wedding, and this one https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307568.0 for the rehearsal.  I trained her well.  Anytime someone would compliment her, she'd obediently reply "My momma made it".

There's more pictures of it here as well as instructions on the lined sleeves: http://tracyscraze.blogspot.com/2009/06/new-smocked-flower-dress.html

« Last Edit: June 18, 2009 08:45:17 AM by tracya1120 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009 08:56:50 AM »

It's absolutely beautiful! I'm going to see more on your blog. I love the fabric too, but then I am all for flowers!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009 09:56:02 AM »

Would you believe I found that fabric at Wal-Mart!  I think I paid $3.44/yd for it!  Plus the embroidery floss and piping materials, the dress cost about $8 to make!  You can't beat that!!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009 09:59:16 AM »

That's incredible! I see so many things here that are made from WalMart fabric that look just wonderful, but I'm not near one.
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