Thursday, 18 March 2010

the smock dress!!!!!

well this is the little project i have been so excited about!, i spent a (very) little time making up my own pattern, using the vintage smock pattern as a starting point, i knew how i wanted it to look & it was just a case of trying the paper pattern on little O as i went, (she was very accommodating, i think she thought i was making her a paper dress)
& was just so blinking lucky that it worked out, i changed the shape of the bottom hem, made the back longer so it is more like a dress, then made longer straps to go over from the front, so they would cross over at the back, 
it's hugely adjustable, as there is a good few inches of fabric overlapping at the back, & i put about 4 button holes on each strap, (she's wearing them on the shortest setting now)
the pockets are slightly too large (although she loves them!) i made them using this tutorial, 
the fabric is from the 'snippets' range by American Jane for moda, & i had some left over from a metres worth, i had a FQ in the lighter blue to make the pockets in,  i only wish i had brought more, as i can't seem to find much of this about now (although i have a charm pack stashed away for a rainy day), & i lined it again with a natural coloured muslin, 

i just wish i could get away with making one in my size!

13 comments:

  1. it worked out a treat...well done you! i love those generous pockets {perfect for little girls to stash in} and i have to agree with you that an adult version would go down very well here too!! hope you have a lovely weekend with your sweet girl Xx

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  2. Beautiful dress, and I love the pockets :-)

    I think you should definitely have one too!

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  3. Oh my goodness how sweet! I love the oversized pockets- it looks so cute! That dress is going to be worn for a very long time!

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  4. this turned out great and the fabrics are absolutely perfect

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  5. It looks adorable (and so does little O!). well done!

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  6. Lovely design, she looks really nice in it. Julie.C

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  7. That's so cute - lovely fabric. Thank you for the link to the pocket tutorial - just what I've been wanting!

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  8. She looks absolutely adorable in that dress! I like the pockets too - perfect for filling up with "treasures"!
    R x

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  9. And I thought you sneaky peek was an apron - sorry...I really should pay more attention.

    The dress is beautiful - I love the fabric, it's come out a treat.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

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  10. That's a lovely smock! And I love that fabric - great choice for the design.

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  11. Beautiful smock! It's adorable and I love the big pockets.

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  12. so cute! the smock is gorgeous and your little girl is such a sweet little poppet x

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