Smocked sundress


Chloe in her new dress, trying to accessorize with her daddy’s grungy fishing hat

After writing the last post, I remembered that I still hadn’t shared photos of Chloe’s new smocked sundress from Weekend Sewing. I finished it right before Easter, and really love it. I honestly can’t believe how easy it was. I can see how sewing with elastic thread can seem daunting, but there really is nothing to it. Plus, there is a helpful video of Heather Ross giving a demonstration on Martha Stewart. I had already read through the instructions and set my mind to making it though, so the video was a lucky bonus.

Posing with her baby doll
Back view, halter version
Chloe’s stubborn tough-girl pose

Eventually I plan on making myself a top in similar fashion, but I’d like to make another kind of top first. Plus, Heather offers a free adult pattern in pdf called the Mendocino Sundress that is similar to the child’s smocked sundress in her book. Hmm, maybe I should just go for the dress and forget the top for now. The material would make a nice dress…

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8 thoughts on “Smocked sundress

  1. Love the pictures….and the dress

  2. That last picture is hilarious. My grandma made us these dresses and I just found them again. Very cool.
    And, yes, make the dress!

  3. Wow, I love that dress!

  4. I WANT! It’s so cute!

  5. Oh, it is so sweet! Almost as sweet as that little tough girl of yours. I think a dress for Mama is a great idea! Ooooh, I am itching to dust off the sewing machine.

  6. Smocked dresses are one of the best flexible dresses I know of. It’s a great thing I found additional information from your site.

  7. I just love these cute girls smocked dresses. Such detailed design and patterns.Thanks for sharing this.

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