by sjbrower ( edited 10 Jan 2016 ) 30 Mar 2015

I've been making dresses for my g-niece, Miss Ella. I had found this little piece of eyelet at the thrift store and thought it would be pretty with a bit of cheater-smocking across the top (design from Skeldale House).

If you look to the left of the design, you can see that the gathers were "pushed" a little bit. If I do this again, I need to anchor the gathers down a bit before stitching (or maybe float some water soluable on top of gathers to keep the foot from re-distributing). All-in-all, I'm happy with how it turned out.


by aussiequilter 30 Mar 2015

very pretty

by babash 30 Mar 2015

Wow that is stunning so well done.

by lbrow 30 Mar 2015

I can just see the little dear in this. It is so precious, reminds me of little girls so many yrs ago/Lillian

by robinbird 30 Mar 2015

This little sundress you've made looks lovely& the added cheater smocking adds a delicate touch too. Thanks for sharing your work. :~D

by vickiannette 30 Mar 2015

very close to the 'proper' stuff and so much faster. Great work.

by pennifold 30 Mar 2015

It looks fabulous, well done. Love Chris

by baldacchino 30 Mar 2015

Very well done love it L Sherene x

by highlandermom 30 Mar 2015

Great looking and well planned out from your nifty faux smocking to the lovely added lace.

by tlp22 30 Mar 2015

How sweet. I bet the little girl won't care if the gathers are perfect.

by joansatx 30 Mar 2015

Bright and breezy and cute!

by sonjapotgieter 30 Mar 2015

So gorgeous....Lovely

by pldc 30 Mar 2015

ah a good choice it is very feminine, ~hugs~

by jrob Moderator 30 Mar 2015

Faux smocking....I love it.

by dragonflyer 30 Mar 2015

Nice...did you have to gather the fabric first or ??? I have several of the Skeldale House smocked designs...but have never used any...I need to know more about how to use them...thanks...lovely!

sjbrower by sjbrower 30 Mar 2015

Yes, I gathered the fabric first, then basted it to the hooped tearaway stabilizer. Next time, I will put water soluble over the top of the gathers to keep the foot from pusing the gathers to the side.

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 30 Mar 2015

Thanks for the details, Sharon...I need to look into this, too!

by rosakent 30 Mar 2015

That's a really pretty dress, Jo

by decojo 30 Mar 2015

Very pretty dress ~ great job!

by spendlove Moderator 30 Mar 2015

This is really pretty. I must investigate further!

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by tfk 30 Mar 2015

That is such a pretty design. ..nice colours and clever smocking idea :) so you embroidered first and then gathered right?
Did you use the elastic thread in the bobbin?

sjbrower by sjbrower 30 Mar 2015

Gathered first, then embroidered over the gathers. I didn't put water-soluble over the top of the gathers, so the foot pushed the gathers aside at the start. Next time, I'll float something over the top to keep it even.

sjbrower by sjbrower 30 Mar 2015

no elastic thread in the bobbin... but what a great idea to try!

by noah 30 Mar 2015

Well i think it is darling!!!!!Love it Hugs