Sunday, March 16, 2008

Smocked

Well, here is my second attempt at smocking. I do love it. Once I learned to smock, I knew that I MUST learn to "picture smock". I found the cutest pattern (they are called "plates" in the smocking world) in the spring issue of Creative Needle. It was a row of chocolate bunnies that just screamed Easter. Lil will certainly wear this through the Spring--not just for one Easter Sunday--considering that a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it. Here's a peak:


Many of you have expressed anxiety over trying to learn to smock. I say GO FOR IT!!! My teacher told me that you will either love it or hate it--You will be over it before you even begin or you won't be able to get enough. Well, I certainly couldn't get enough. My first dress was a "bishop" and I took a class that walked me through each step. This second dress is called a "basic yoke" and I dove into it on my own. I bought a book that is indispensable called the A-Z of Sewing for Smockers. These A-Z books are incredible and this one deals only with construction--not smocking. So it walks you through the steps of how to construct the actual dress--whether it be a bishop, a basic yoke or a full yoke. How to add a sash, collar, sleeves, etc. EVERYTHING. I want several books from this series because there are a kazillion photos in the books with step by step instructions. I could go on and on. Anyway, the point is, don't be scared. Jump right in like I did but be prepared to make time for it. Lillian likes to sit right next to me while I smock. I would love to see your smocked creations! Here are more photos of the bunny dress:



6 comments:

Natalie said...

Oh wow that is just fabulous!!! I LOVE the colors and the little bunnies are amazing. Fantastic work!

LILLYROSEBOWCOMPANY said...

Wow! I've never even seen anything like that in a store. That is truely amazing! You should be very proud of your accomplishment

Linda said...

Beautiful job on your smocking. I love to smock, too!

Whitney of lilli tutu said...

Thanks, guys! Linda, I would love to see some of your smocking:)

cgrimmitt said...

The bunnies really look chocolatey! I'm so impressed! :)

Kim said...

I would LOVE to learn how to smock. You have an amazing talent there - I can't believe this is your 2nd one! Just stunning!
-Kim :)