Wednesday, February 2, 2011
It takes a village to dress a child
At least it takes a village to dress this child! This is a three person project. A friend started the smocking for a second friend that had twins about seven years ago. She sent it to her to finish. Well the girl had twins, she ran out of time. She discovers the UFO recently, finishes the smocking and sends it to me. I finished the construction. And that is the story of a well traveled UFO.
It is a cozy, warm, brushed twill probably from Heirloom Imports. (Funny thing is, I have this same print in a lawn in the "want to do" pile.) It is Chery Williams bishop smocked with floche. I don't know the name of the smocking plate.
I piped the neckline. Horror of horrors, I had to do it without my #10 foot!! After the workshop a couple weeks ago, I have lost my #10 foot. I about can't function without it. I had a heck of time making and attaching this piping without my favorite foot. One of the classes we took from Gail D. was Beautiful Bias. She has a great way to attach a prefinished bias to the neckline. I couldn't quickly figure out how to do it with the piping. So I will have to play with that some to work it out.
I have no idea what the original plan for the placket was, but I took out a few stitches on either side and made a full length placket down the back. That is the beauty of a bishop, it does have some forgiveness factor, especially in a heavier fabric. I had the leeway to do that and still have enough fullness to make it fit.
I used buttons from Hill Creek in a soft pink. I wanted to attach the buttons with the darker floche for contrast. Floche is a very soft twist fiber and I was afraid it wouldn't be able to withstand the wear and tear of a button in use. So I attached the button first with sewing thread and then ran the floche just through the holes on top covering the sewing thread. Perfect for the contrast without the need for sturdiness. Best of both worlds. The buttons really are on straight but they look wonky in this picture. It is probably the tulle under the dress to "puff it" for the picture that is making it hang cotcheyed.
So thank you Robin and Lori for your help in dressing this child. Hopefully we will have a model shot soon though I am sure we won't see baby girl today. The weather here has been horrid. My son is out there now trying to dig his mother out. Bless his heart, he is good to his momma!