Liberty Tana Lawn Sundress


This is my handwork project for our “vacation” time here in the mountains.  I have two antique, crocheted child sized yokes, one of which will be joined to the smocked Liberty of London skirt.  When Laurel arrives in a few days, she will try them on to see which fits best.

I’m considering adding two little smocked pouch pockets and edging them with bits of crochet I have at home.  Many, many years ago, in the SAGA newsletters, Florence Roberson’s pattern for such a pocket was published.  I will pull that out if I decide to include the pockets.

After searching high and low for a smocking plate that suited me, I spotted the perfect design,  Ellen McCarn’s plate, Diamonds, by guess who? Florence Roberson.  With that kind of coincidence, the pocket will probably be just the right finishing touch.

As you can see I haven’t made much progress.    Since we arrived, I have washed windows and curtains, polished mirror and picture frames with Olde English Scratch  Cover, rearranged the loft,  deadheaded the roses and listened to our wonderful, friendly, CHATTY carpenter hammering away on the new side deck.

Bob has repaired three screen doors, put new vinyl flooring in the owner’s closet, replaced broken window cranks, walked Hannah, our dog, 4 times a day, cleaned out the gutters, put new bulbs in the spots that light up the night (when Hannah thinks she hears a bear…and probably does!) and spent a day at his computer working at his real job.

But we are enjoying every minute of our time here in the High Country.  If you would like to get an upclose look at our getaway, check it out here.

I’m about done with my cabin maintenance activities, so I hope to get some serious smocking done now.  I’ll post this dress when it is finished, hopefully before the end of summer.

11 responses to “Liberty Tana Lawn Sundress

  1. Susan Van Houten

    Love this !!!! I have several adult crocheted bodices that I want to use. Can’t wait to see the finished dress. Your cabin is beautiful. I am in central FL as well and would love a getaway like yours. Susan VH

  2. The vintage crocheted yokes/bodices are such a treasure. They are so lacy but sturdy and still intact after all these years and all that laundering. I made a camisole for my daughter from a tatted yoke but found that joining the V-shaped yoke to the gathered fabric was a challenge I’d love to see your crocheted bodice projects when you finish them. Thanks for your kind comments about our cabin. We do love it and so would you–come on up!

  3. Absolutely beautiful. I need to chceck out my stash of vintage crochet pieces a little closer. And the fabric is so pretty….purple is Kennedy’s new favorite color.

  4. I also have a beautiful piece of Liberty with sweet, tiny pink flowers. But I thought I might be pushing my luck with this more sophisticated 7 year old! So I’m saving it for a daygown or baby dress. You would be lucky if you have a child size crocheted yoke. One of mine will be used for a nightgown for Laurel.

  5. Lovely! When you write about the finished dress, I hope you’ll tell us EXACTLY how to make those smocked pockets! 😉

  6. Beautiful crochet pieces. I went to look at your cabin and can just imagine a week (or a month) of sewing and sighing! I have a friend who lives in Blowing Rock which is right around the corner from you. Beautiful, beautiful.

  7. This is the perfect sewing getaway, Jeannie. The High Country, as three counties here are called, has the highest average elevation and the most dramatic, rugged landscape in all of North Carolina. The scenery alone soothes my spirit and the sewing time feeds other needs. For several years, my sewing friend Suzanne and I came up for two weeks of sewing and quilting and smocking. Day and night we stitched and chatted on the deck and sewed inside. It was That was during that golden time frame between the responsibilities of raising children and the duty of caring for elderly family members. Now, when we come to the mountains, it is so much fun to have the grandchildren with us that very little sewing gets done. But I’m planning to schedule regular (if infrequent) cabin sewing retreats very soon!

  8. I’m going to dig out that pattern as soon as I get home, Jo. And yes, because of your request, I will describe the smocked pocket construction and application in great detail. They would look so sweet on the pattern you used for your girls Easter dresses.

  9. lovely lovely outfit. I am looking forward to seeing it when its done:) it definitely good dress for summer.

  10. I would love to crochet a yoke similar to yours for a dress for my granddaughter. Have you ever seen a pattern for one? If so, please direct me to it. Thank you very much.

  11. Nancy, I wish I could help you, but I barely crochet at all myself. The yoke used for that dress is one I bought at an antique store. Good luck searching for a pattern.

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