Sunday, March 6, 2011
New Baby Pink
Second baby girl gift, check! This baby is a bit younger. The post of the sherbet bishop is for a baby that is 5 months old. This baby just turned a month old. So my curve is getting better. I have made this pattern before for our baby's coming home dress. I love this pattern. It is Emma's Smocked Dress by Old Fashioned Baby. It is quick to smock and put together. It goes together like a dream. I smocked it using the plate included in the pattern, except I omitted the last row of smocking, simply because I decided I was done when I got to that point. No other thought process involved. I also simplified the embroidery design, it too is included in the pattern.
I used Imperial batiste for this dress. This mommy has two children under 18 months now. She doesn't have time to iron. As much as I loved the fabric I used before, this little dress is just as sweet in a simple fabric as well. I also lined and interfaced the yoke. Batiste is a very lightweight fabric. I wanted it to have a little bit more substance. I interfaced it with German interfacing.
I have said it before, the back of this dress just makes my heart melt. I don't know why but it does.
There is cotton lace at the sleeves and neck edge. One thing I did differently this time was I didn't gather the lace under the sleeve. I like to concentrate my gathers on a puffed sleeve towards the center, so that the gathers at the bottom of the sleeve are directly below the gathers in the sleeve head. This will make your sleeve puff nicely. When I whipped the lace on by hand it made sense to me to only gather it where the sleeve is gathered. I don't know why, but it made sense to me at the time. We will see how it wears.
Of course, it needs a slip. The slip is also Imperial batiste. Trimmed with flat lace at the bottom. I used a trick Jeannie taught in the last class I took from her. Even if you are attaching flat lace, still gather it up a tad and then flatten it back out. Just that teeny bit of easing will make the lace lie flat without cupping yet it doesn't look gathered at all. Thank you Jeannie.
I finished the slip with a shell stitch hem and a tiny bit of embroidery. The pattern calls for two buttons at the shoulders. No time, just one for now. It works.
I hope everyone has something pink in their life. I love pink. Maybe that is why God blessed me with three girls and a granddaughter. I love boys too, but I love pink.