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Smocked Pocket Pattern



Life certainly has gotten in the way of the Liberty sundress I am making for Laurel. (UPDATE: But it is finally finished! Click here.)   Fortunately, with all of our Florida sunshine, the dress is likely to  be worn 9 months of the year.  But  my 89 year-old aunt seems to be failing at an alarming rate and has needed more attention than usual.  Then I discovered that all but two of my SAGA magazines are missing, either lost in the hurricanes or lost in the garage.  Fortunately, I remembered that I had copied the pattern and was able to retrieve it.  So finally, progress is being made.

The smocked pockets were just the touch this little dress needed.  The Florence Roberson pattern, published in The Smocking Arts, date unknown, is unlike anything else I’ve seen and  makes up so sweetly. Though the no-show attachment to the dress is a little tedious, the puffy pocket is worth the effort.

The pattern is included below.



Because of the filet crochet yoke I am using, I decided to crochet a little edge on the top of the pockets.  But I have no proficiency at this needleart, so it took me a while and the results are hardly worthy to be included on a garment with the beautiful yoke.  Still, as Martha Pullen once said, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly until you get good at it.”  I like that—and hope to be good at it some day. Continue reading