Saturday, October 24, 2015

Heart Smocked Dress

  I started this dress really soon after finishing the first dress I smocked- smocking is addictive!

  Since I wanted this dress smaller than the last one, I started with Made by Rae's free Little Geranium Dress and made a few alterations to get the look I wanted.

  I cut the bodice pieces in half horizontally and added seam allowances at the cut. I added the height of the lower half to the height of the skirt, plus 2 extra inches so it would be closer to gown length. I decided to make the width of the skirt pieces 3 times as wide as the bodice pieces, plus 3/4" in the back for overlap, and cut rectangles that matched my measurements.

  I used the lower half of the bodice pieces to mark the armscyes, but didn't cut them until after I'd finished smocking. I looked for a smocking plate that featured heart shapes for a while before finally coming up with my own, and I love how it turned out!

  The cable row at the top is pretty uneven, partly due to the texture of this lovely Swiss dot that Karen sent me a while back, but mostly because I need more practice with cable rows! I did much better with my vertical spacing this time though. After smocking the skirt pieces I French-seamed the front and back pieces together.

  Then I cut the armscyes out and finished them with a narrow bias strip.

  I assembled the bodice but left it open at the bottom, and sewed the skirt pieces in after basting. I didn't like how the front came out even with the basting, and ended up un-picking and re-sewing parts of it a few times to get a better line above the cable row. I used wash-away wonder-tape to stick the back pieces on before sewing and they turned out a bit better.

  I slip-stitched the bodice lining down by hand before turning my attention to the hem.

  I wanted to do a blind hem on this dress, but I knew the stitches would show up on this delicate fabric no matter how careful I was, so I just did my best to keep them tiny and even.

  I'm pretty pleased with the results!

  I could barely wait to put this dress on Foof... here she is in it at three days old!

  She wasn't particularly happy about not being held:

  But she calmed down after a while and let me take a few happier photos.

  I considered adding sleeves to this dress, but I'm glad I kept it sleeveless so I can layer it for cooler weather.

  It fits decently right now, but there is room for her to grow too... she might be able to wear it for another 2 months!

  I really love how this one turned out... I'm hoping I get a chance to do more smocking soon! =)

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. The little hearts are darling! You did an amazing job. I am sure this would be a nice heirloom for your daughter to pass down.

    1. Thank you! I love the way the hearts turned out too. =)

    2. Congratulations on another little beauty! I have been so busy at school and at home that I have neglected the Blogging World and missed so much. I have thought of and prayed for you and your family even though I was absent from 'the scene'. Your smocking is lovely and it is so nice to see you use the sweet lavender fabric I sent you. I am actually thrilled to see you take to smocking like this. Sooooooo............ I have a second pleater that someone gave me a while ago. It needs needles but if you want it, you can have it. It is a 16 row pleater. Blessings for all of you!

    3. Thank you! I've been thinking of you too, and really appreciate the prayers. =)
      Smocking is really enjoyable! I wish I had more time to spend on it! A pleater would be a huge help in speeding the process up- I would love to have it! Thank you! =)

  2. I will start looking for the needles and then send them with the pleater to its new home with you. I know you will enjoy using it! I might have a couple of duplicate smocking plates I can send you, too.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm really excited to do some more smocking! =)