My granddaughter’s shadow smocked Easter dress was inspired by Kay Guiles’ article in Sew Beautiful, Easter, 1998. In fact, the dress is nearly identical to one of the sample garments shown in that article. I take no credit whatsoever for the design or technique.
The only changes made to Laurel’s dress are the addition of lace insertion in the skirt and the substitution of a different embroidery design that included both silk ribbon and DMC floss.
Shadow smocking is a very unique technique and not at all difficult. But I learned a lot that I would like to share with anyone considering such a project. Continue reading