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Reviewed by:Jenny Jo

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Posted on:4/26/11 5:23 PM
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Cook Mae said... (5/23/11 2:41 PM) Reply
Oh, this is so adorable! I will have to add this to my stash of patterns. Thank you for the review.
Jenny Jo said... (4/27/11 9:42 PM) Reply
Yes, I made the headbands. The pink one is made with yo-yos, a silk flower, and a button. The blue one is a rolled rose that I made using this tutorial:
SILVIA said... (4/27/11 2:37 PM) Reply
i think you did an awesome job.... that fact that you overcome difficulties says a lot. One question though, the headbands were those also made by yourself? if so do you have any suggestions, or instructions?
MamaSewing said... (4/27/11 10:33 AM) Reply
Despite all the problems with the pattern your daughters and their dresses look beautiful! The fabrics suit their coloring perfectly and your adjustments looks like they saved the dress.
Judy Kski said... (4/26/11 11:03 PM) Reply
What a precious set of dresses you have made for your girls. You do some amazing work.
Barbara V said... (4/26/11 10:59 PM) Reply
Your daughters look so precious and beautiful in their sweet dresses. The smocking is lovely and the dresses look like they fit well.
Aroura said... (4/26/11 10:19 PM) Reply
Beautiful dresses on beautiful girls. I also would never have guessed you had such issues.
Twinset said... (4/26/11 10:08 PM) Reply
Honestly, by looking at your picture I cannot tell that the bodices are gaping. That photo is striking - almost like a painting, your girls are beautiful and the whole ensemble is very poetic.
JanElise said... (4/26/11 8:43 PM) Reply
Your little girls are adorable in their dresses. I can't tell a fitting problem in this picture. Thanks for the detailed review; sorry you had problems.
solosmocker said... (4/26/11 8:38 PM) Reply
First, your dresses are gorgeous and you certainly have overcome any of the patterns pitfalls. I agree with the first poster that many smocking patterns run large. Don't ask me why. My 5 yr old DGD wears a 3 perfectly in the AS&E patterns. My suggestion: Many of these smaller designers have "testers". You sound like you would make a great tester. They give you the pattern for free and then you critique it after sewing. I think your critique here is very well written and while I sense you are disappointed, your criticisms seem constructive to me. I would have a discussion with Anastasia, whose designs I love by the way, and offer to test and critique her patterns. I am sure she would really appreciate it. As far as different fabric weights, I don't know of any smocking patterns that address these variances. It is something that comes with experience and a few hard knocks, unfortunately like a lot of sewing. I commend you as a beginner in attempting such an ambitious project and admire your tenacity. Please stick with it. Smocking is such a wonderful art form. Another suggestion would be to look into SAGA membership. SAGA stands for Smocking Arts Guild of America. They offer correspondence course by mail at all levels that you may be interested. As far as your needing to know what to do when things don't work out right I would suggest you search out a great forum devoted to this type of sewing, it is . There are many beginners there and lots very experienced smockers and heirloom sewists who generously will answer all your questions. I guarantee you they would welcome your visits. Also feel free to stop by my blog as I often feature heirloom garments and smocking, There is a tutorial on piping there. Hope this all helps. Again, your girls are beautiful in their lovely dresses.
LorrieAnn said... (4/26/11 7:51 PM) Reply
Your girls are beautiful, and so are their dresses and hair ornaments. I think you did very very well; they look so sweet.
Raye Ann said... (4/26/11 7:20 PM) Reply
the girls look beautiful and so do the dresses! sorry for your experience with this pattern. it will be nice for other beginners to know that this one isn't as easy as it looks!
Knitters Delight said... (4/26/11 7:01 PM) Reply
That sounds like a TON of work on your part. Still, the outcome looks amazing! Glad your stuck it out.
Rhonda in Montreal said... (4/26/11 6:34 PM) Reply
Oh, your girls look lovely! Old-fashioned sweet. Your headache turned out beautiful.
Saint Nolt Sews said... (4/26/11 6:21 PM) Reply
I think the dresses are beautiful. One note is that many smocking patterns are made to Australian sizing, which is very large on our children. My skinny daughter is 7 and if I made her a 7 she would float in it. I usually make a 6 and add length and she will wear it for a few years. Not all smocking patterns are great for beginners, they assume you have already done it before. Sorry, but keep on trying, your dresses look great.
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