Smocked Coat and Muff

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust (
and smocked clothing) over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley 
C and K xx
Making a coat is not for the faint of heart, nor for those less than accomplished in the needlearts. Years ago, Judy Day made gorgeous smocked coats for her two daughters and now has made these beauties for her two granddaughters, using the same pattern.   Self piping, covered buttons and monograms are special details that make the coats fit for a princess or two.

Though they live hundreds of miles apart, the adorable, girly 5 year old cousins see one another often enough to be close friends and enjoy wearing the matching clothes that Judy makes for them. In the pictures, you can see their matching blue smocked bishop dresses peeking out at the top of their coats.The coat pattern is Children’s Corner #12 Coat-Bonnet. Both the coats and the muffs are made from a gorgeous piece of Viyella that Judy was lucky enough to purchase from a friend whose fabric store was closed more than 15 years ago. The owner had held on to this piece but relinquished  it into Judy’s capable and creative hands for this project.


coat back

The muff pattern is Muff ‘n’ Puff Smocking by Evelyn Ewing Glass Originals.   The monograms are from Masterworks II  by Designer’s Gallery.

Judy always adds a little extra to her projects.  For the coats, the “extra” was  the satin lining embroidered with fanciful designs full of fun and special meaning to each girl.




As the quintessential grandmother, Judy certainly has been sprinkling stardust–and smocked clothing–over the lives of her grandchildren since the day they were born.  And there is more stardust to  come.

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