Special Occasion Smocked Dawg Dress

NOTE: This post is overdue by my regular schedule, but I’ve been tied up with my dear 89 year-old Aunt Aileen who fell and broke her hip yesterday. In spite of her many medical complications–diabetes, hypertension, COPD and dementia–she managed to come through today’s surgery with flying colors. The whole family thanks God and would appreciate any prayers offered up for her recovery.

 

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Notice the matching hair bow nestled in the crape myrtle.

 

As a rabid fan of the Florida Gators and all South Eastern Conference college sports, I respect the enthusiasm and loyalty of University of Georgia fans.

Rabid University of Tennessee fan Judy Day made this dress for her granddaughter Kennedy to wear to a very special Georgia Bulldog occasion.  This weekend  Kennedy’s mother Amy (a rabid UGA fan, of course), who is also Judy’s daughter, will be awarded a doctorate in education.  That is really special!

 

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Won’t Kennedy look adorable in this dress?  With her matching hair bow and toe bows, his pretty 7 year-old will probably steal the show from the graduates.

 

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The red sleeveless dress is lined with black polka dot fabric, which is also used for the piping that outlines the smocked insert.  Always a stickler for attention to detail, Judy repeated the black polka dot pattern in the ribbon for the hair and toe bows.

The smocking plate is Spencer the Bulldog, from Collars, Etc. The dress pattern is Lucy  from Children’s Corner, though Judy modified the armhole curve in order to better accommodate the smocked insert.  All the while she was working on this dress, she was glowing with joy for the fine young lady her daughter is.

The entire family’s pride in Amy’s accomplishments is well  justified.    She has successfully juggled her busy schedule–teaching mentally handicapped children, caring for her family, attending classes, doing research and writing a dissertation.  In the midst of all this, she has taken in custom sewing and embroidery orders which she calls her therapy.  She is one of us!

Congratulations, Dr. Amy!  And kudos to Judy for another perfect memory making outfit for her grandchild.

5 responses to “Special Occasion Smocked Dawg Dress

  1. What a wonderful story! Congratulations to Dr. Amy! Judy has made so many lovely things and I am so glad that you get to share them here with us. Her attention to detail reminds me of your work!

  2. I am looking for a Univer of Tenn smocking plate can you help

  3. I’ve sent out an SOS to my UT fan friends, Joyce. I will let you know if they have any luck.

  4. Is the bulldog smocking plate available to purchase

  5. Jane, I don’t know if that plate is still available. You might want to check at Farmhouse Fabrics as they have a huge selection of smocking plates. Good luck!

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