Friday, February 15, 2013

Smocked Garden Party Toddler Dress for Project Run & Play Season 6

My "Signature Look"

As always, click on the photos to enlarge them.
 I had such fun creating this little smocked frock for Week #6 of Project Run & Play.  This week's challenge was to design a child's outfit that would showcase one's 'Signature Look'.  This wee outfit incorporates all of my favorite sewing features.
  • Vintage styling
  • Fine fabrics
  • Quality trimmings
  • Smocking
  • Embroidery
  • Lace-work 
  • Detailing
  • Re-purposing another needle artist's work
  • Baby/toddler fashions
 The dress is made of fine pink micro-check and white batiste using a 1985 pattern called Medora's Sundress & Jumper in a size 2.  I used a lovely cotton batiste battenburg and hand appliqued curtain as the overlay  on the skirt and ran both fabrics through the pleater together.  It was a dream to pleat and I am delighted to say that I have three more of these curtains in different lengths.
Photo of the curtain before I took the casing out of the top.  

The skirt has a single one inch growth tuck within the three inch hem.
 The back of the dress shows how I had the overlay continue around the back of the dress like a little pinafore would.  The Swiss edging was attached to the top of the bodice back to add a little sweetness.

 The smocking design is one I fell in love with several years ago in Creative Needle Magazine.  (I was so saddened that the magazine folded in the downturn of the economy.)  I have added a scan of the magazine page showing the design on an infant bubble.  (I do hope that this is alright.  I have credited the magazine on the photograph.)  I think it is one of the most delightful little floral and insect designs.
 As you can see, I made some minor changes like changing the colors and adding more insects.
 Love the bullion bows on this design!

 The pink Swiss edging and the white Swiss insertion were on a dress I made my daughter when she was in first grade.  It was a well-loved little dress and was literally worn out!  I salvaged these little trimmings from the sleeves for this dress.  I smile every time I look at them!
 The panties were made with Imperial broadcloth and some pink Swiss edging from my stash.
 I know that these little panties/bloomers will be on display on a two or three year old so I made them extra fancy with the little heart applique on the tushie trimmed with more Swiss edging salvaged from my daughter's dress and a little bow.
 I like this little ensemble so much that it is going into my "Grandmother's Hope Chest".  I hope one day to see a sweet little granddaughter twirling around in it!
Don't forget to stop over at Project Run and Play to see more inspiring looks for children!

26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Your attention to detail is inspiring...I love the dress!

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  2. your workmanship and detailing is phenomenal!!! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! I love the Gabba Land detailing on your boys' outfits, too!

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  3. What a beautiful dress! The smocking is just stunning! :D

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  4. I don't know how you found time to do a lovely smocked dress every week! This is so sweet. I love it and all of your work is so beautifully finished.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments! If you noticed, the first two weeks were sans smocking because I was busy on the last three weeks' designs. The Valentine dress was quickly smocked as it was such a small area and a very simple design. This last one took me the longest to embroider. There were so many flowers and I kept adding insects! This was the first time making bullion bows, too, so it slowed me down some. I almost didn't finish this dress in time. The construction was relatively quick as the silhouette is so uncomplicated. I really loved your christening gown, Elizabeth! What a labor of love!

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  5. It's beautiful! How do you do bullion leaves? I've never seen the loops done like that. Reusing trims from your daughter's dress makes this one extra special and I hope you get a granddaughter to twirl around in it, too.

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    1. The green leaves look like bullions but they are really just lazy-daisy loops made with three strands of DMC floss. You could make them with bullions, though, if you used one strand of floss and made a really long bullion couched at the tip. Thank you for the granddaughter wish! I am going to need one with the things I've saved of Victoria-Rose's and the ones I am just beginning to make now! LOL I'll be an 'older' grandmother and worry that I won't be able to do hand work by the time I have little grands. That is one of the reasons I am starting to make things for them now.

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  6. This outfit is just gorgeous! If I'd made it, I wouldn't be able to give it away either. It's just perfectly darling, girly and lacy, and I love all your hand smocking. =)

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    1. Thank you! I really love doing the hand work the best.

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    1. Thank you! I loved working on this design. It has been on my 'to-do' list since it was first published in Creative Needle. It took many hours to embroider but I enjoyed the process!

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    2. I have enjoyed your blog but was unable to leave you a comment as I couldn't find the comment 'button'. I love your little bear and the reviews on the last two books have made me want to go out to purchase them!

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  8. Great work! I really enjoy the ribbon straps.

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  9. Wow. That dress and the little bloomers are adorable!

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  10. We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,
    Shaffer Sisters

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    1. Mind?!? I am delighted! Thank you!

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  11. Karen, Your creations are just beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing at Funday Monday!
    Sylvia

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  12. Your little dress is just wonderful! I especially like the smocked curtain panel!

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  13. Karen!!!! You hit a home run with this beautiful little creation! It is truly everything you love to do & are so good at, too. It turned out to be so darling. ♥♥♥ it!

    You've inspired me to make use of a sheer fabric panel that one of the gals on Sew Forum sent to me years ago. Your method of repurposing it would be perfect. Thanks!!!

    Hugs,
    Rett

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    1. Thank you, Rett! I can't wait to see what you make from the sheer fabric panel.

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  14. That little dress is gorgeous. I love all the little touches that make it special. And I really like that you also made it practical by adding that one inch growth tuck so that a child will get more than just one or two wearings out of it.

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    1. Thank you! I love adding the tucks and I sure hope this little (future) grand will wear it and wear it until it is in shreds!

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