For Laurel’s 9th birthday I finally finished smocking this nightie. The matching gown for her American Girl Molly had long since been done. But when little Vivian Rose was born I was wrapped up making baby girl things, so this project was pushed to the back burner. I was so glad to have both pink things out of my sewing room.
Like the Molly’s nightgown, Laurel’s has a machine embroidered heart in the unsmocked area at center front. The designs are from Martha Pullen’s Little Pleasures collection which includes two nearly identical hearts in two sizes. A little editing made them match almost perfectly. Laurel notices and appreciates details like that.
Fewthings are sweeter than a little girl in a smocked nightgown. This ruffle sleeved classic bishop in blue batiste is smocked in white with pink bullion roses, edged with French lace. Six year old Laurel loves it.
The nightie was completely constructed before it was smocked. Again and again, I have heard friends talk of their stacks of unfinished projects. Many, if not most, are smocked garments awaiting construction. Smocking is a joy. Construction is less so. Some of these projects will never be finished.
Some time ago, I began making my own ready-to-smock bishops. To me, doing the construction first makes as much sense as eating your vegetables before dessert. The initial surge of enthusiasm for a project can get me through the sometimes tedious construction phase and before the project is yesterday’s news, it is ready to smock. Yippee!!! Continue reading