Pattern: "Bailey" by Bonnie Blue Designs
Fabric: Red Chambray 60" wide 100% Cotton
Smocking Plate: "Alicia Marie" by PBJKids
Appliqué is Ellen McCarn's Small Reindeer
Stop Red Petite Piping and Red 2 holed 1/2" Buttons
down the back!
I love a little bit of smocking! I can make more
in the same amount of time! They are so sweet!
A Lesson in Adaptation for Smocking!
This is an example of when you find a pattern that
fits use it and adapt it for what you need! This pattern doesn't
show smocking, but that shouldn't stop you! Changing a pattern for
smocking is easily done with a little thought and some planning.
First is to figure out how much fabric is needed
to give you the pleats you need to do your design. Take into mind
that you are slightly limited so you can not just add to much fabric
for the dress!
This dress has a good collar that meets in the
front and comes to center back I like. The sleeves are a nice size
for each size of the dress, and I have a choice of sleeve types. I
also like the fit.
I played with the fabric and the pleater and
figured I needed 9" of fabric to give me 38 pleats for my design.
I measured the front pattern piece at it's widest
point and added my 9" to that. Measure the total length of the
pattern and add 2" to that. You can now tear your fabric to these
Now I needed to figure out just where the first
pleating thread needed to go.
I measured down from the highest point of the
shoulder to the lowest part of the neck on my front pattern piece.
This worked out to be about 2 1/2" for the size 2 and 2 3/4" for the
size 4.(the 2 sizes I did for this project)
I marked across the top of my fabric 3" (a little
for comfort!) Pleat 12 rows using your line for the first needle
Count and find your center valley, count 19 pleats
to each side and pull all other pleats out. Tie off pleats to 2" and
you are ready to smock! The top and bottom rows are holding rows,
don't smock them. Smock your design closer to the bottom so that the
collar doesn't cover it up. I backed smocked the top rows just
because they are covered.
Now you will center your front pattern piece to
your fabric, make sure that you have it centered and parallel to the
top. Your lowest part of the neck line should be just above the
first pleating thread. You shouldn't have any problem because of the
few extra inches of fabric we planned for. Outline all the way
around the pattern piece and cut it out. Construct the rest of the
dress as your pattern calls for.
Have fun! and be Creative!
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Kits are available for your enjoyment! They come
pleated and tied off ready for you to start!