Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For a Sweet Girl

I found it; a needle! Some thread, my pleater, a pattern. I was able to wade through to my sewing room and pull together the supplies for baby's birthday dress.

Appropriately enough, it is called "First Birthday Dress." It is a design from an old Creative Needle. Nov/Dec 1999. The design is by Cindy Foose. I am using satin batiste smocked with silk floss. The embroidery on the smocking is done with coton a broder and floche. All from stash. The original design is done on voile. Lovely, but there was no voile in the closet. So satin batiste it is.

For the pattern I am using the smocked bodice dress "Powder Puff" from AS&E Issue #73. I am dying to get the embroidery on the smocking finished so I can pull those gathering threads out. I can't wait to watch it "puff" between the smocked rows.

Well faithful reader, that is what I am up to, I hope you have been able to find your way to a needle and thread.


  1. I LOVE it - can't wait to see the finished dress! I used a similar pattern that "puffed" between the rows for a my daughter's flowergirl dress when she was 5 and I just adored it! Happy stitching!

  2. Hey, that's MY dress. I've filed those instructions away to make ever since I started smocking years ago. I love everything about it. My favorite part? Those cute little sleeves. And that placket! Keep posting your progress, and maybe I'll get up enough nerve to make it one day if I have a granddaughter. It looks a little intimidating.

    I can't wait to see it grow.

  3. Since finding this blog, I feel a bit like Alice when she fell into the rabbit hole! I'm sinking deeper and deeper into "fine sewing world." My daughter (mother of granddaughter) will be so happy.

    This dress is adorable.

  4. Gorgeous! I know it will be lovely!

  5. That is one of my favorite dresses from CN, and once I saw the actual sample, I realized that the photos didn't begin to do it full justice. It will be gorgeous on your little model!


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