Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Well, I'm finished with designing my own smock plate for Adorable Heirlooms challenge. I thought I might have problems, but not really. I couple of take outs, but all in all; I had fun with it. And I'm sure that was the whole thing.
I've laid the insert on my inspiration fabric. I purchased this print at Hancock's last summer. I was going to use it for a different project, but I needed a piece for this challenge and this is the one that spoke to me. So of course I listened and this is the results for the smock plate. Do I want to go into designing my own smock plates? Well, hmmm, maybe. It's definitely got me thinking in a new direction. I'm sure Laurie at Adorable Heirlooms will be happy to hear that.

I use NewLook 6115, size 4.

The fabric is a M'Liss print from Hancock Fabrics. It wasn't selling well, so here's what I stitched up to help move the fabric. I think it turned out pretty cute. I did have a problem with getting the yoke to lay flat, but not enough to hate the pattern. I changed the back to a button opening instead of a zipper. I really hate putting in zippers and would rather do buttons. I don't do automatic buttonholes. My machine is old and doesn't have that function. But since I'm used to it, I don't mind at all.
When I do have to put in a zipper (on my own skirts) WonderTape is my best friend.
My next project is using another M'Liss print, but it's blue. And I'm going to do the top with white sateen and smock in blues, coral and light olive green. It has big daisies on it. So of course, I will have to do some bullion daisies. Well, I'm off to pleat 24 rows and pick out my floss colors.
Happy smocking!


Donna said...

Jan, the smocking plate is beautiful! You did a fantastic job- I love all the little extras and what gorgeous bullion roses, too!

ShirleyC said...

I love this little dress. I have a similar print that would look cute made like this.
Following you from Everything Sewing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jan, I found your blog when I was looking to see if anyone else had made this dress. I just finished my version (you can see it on my blog). Love your version with the trim and buttons.