09 August 2009

dress

Rachael asked...


It's pleated...

My first attempt at machine pleating went well. It's actually really easy.










...smocked...

There is something so gentle, so romantic about traveling in my favorite train seat (facing backwards by the window) and smocking as Russia flies past the window, bathed in twilight.








...and constructed!

Mostly. It still needs two buttons and a hem.

And then I need to make her doll a matching one. I think it will have the same pink ribbon but no smocking.

The dress is actually darker, a more saturated colour, than it appears in these photos.

21 comments:

votemom said...

very pretty! i can just see it on her with her beautiful dark eyes.

kristin said...

Wow, amazing!

Barb said...

Beautiful dress! I didn't know what smocking was, but now I do . . . Will you be smocking on Tuesday?

Matt and Carla Morgan said...

Wow - you are talented! I love it. And, I love that her doll will match :)

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Jackie said...

That is one beautiful and snazzy dress!! She will just love it :)

Annie said...

That is breathtakingly beautiful! I have never seen the "pleating" machine - which would, indeed, simplify things! I smocked a dress years ago and the smocking was not hard, but the pleating was, as I recall because I had to do it by hand. I adored that dress (it was for myself) and wore it until the cotton dissolved.

Tami said...

Beautiful! :)

The Monroe 6 said...

Holy cow woman!!!
You have a talent.
That is gorgeous!!!!!
I can picture her in it now with those dark eyes and dimples.

Maura said...

Oh, it's beautiful, and she will look beautiful in it. Love the color. And I also enjoy the mental photo of you smocking on the train, with a contented smile on your face. :-)

Kathy Friend said...

Yep - I am impressed!

Dawn said...

beautiful!

PWNort64 said...

Kate, that is absolutely beautiful. My little Russian guy wore a lot of smocking in his jon-jons and I was sad when he outgrew the look. Girls can do it way longer!

Debbie said...

it's beautiful!

Rachael said...

Oh, it's darling! I love it! I love the idea of matching one for the doll too.

Lea said...

wow, that is beautiful! Very well done.

beckyww said...

Beautiful!

Suz said...

That is GORGEOUS Kate! You did an awesome job. Isn't it miraculously fun to do it for your own child??!!

Anonymous said...

Precious! I bought some pre-smocked material at walmart and sewed the edges together and felt ilke mother of the year. Now I see otherwise. :-) Just finished some school sewing too. Very fun!
Serena

sunny said...

Me again. I'm so curious, what sort of machine is that?

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

OH! ITs beautiful!

Julie H said...

Love this dress. Sorry my computer wouldn't let me on for awhile, but now I am caught up.