3.27.2009

heather ross's weekend sewing smocked sundress


I first saw this book on another blog and was really excited to hear about it. I love Heather Ross's style and her fabrics are so fun and different! I got this book at our local book store and have been looking at it daily since. So my first project to try had to be a little dress for Kate of course. I loved her picture of the smocked sundress and liked that it had some sewing I have never tried before. It involves elastic thread, which I have never used. It was really rewarding and fun when it all worked out! And it took me under 2 hours to completley finish.


this is the 8 rows of smocking completed

I am such a visual learner, and I could not find any finished pictures of this dress online yet but Heather's drawings and instructions were easy to follow. It says that it would fit size 12 month-4 and Kate is a size 3 and it fit just fine. Although there was no more width so I am not sure a size 4 would work. I used a Japanese pink polka dot that I had gotten from Purl Soho. Anyway, I could not get her to model it yet but here are some pics to share. Hopefully I can get more if she can slow down enough to let me. It looks so sweet on her.

Other projects in this book I am looking forward to trying are the blouse for me, another girl's dress (too cute!) and a great tote bag. Heather has a new line of fabric arriving soon with some great whimsical prints. Can't wait to get some. You can see more pictures from the book by going here.

6 comments:

brown robin said...

this dress is sooo sweet! good for you for posting. i can't wait for our sewing date! i will have the coffee flowin'...

craftyclaire said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog, that sundress is gorgeous. How old is a Size 3 child in USA, the clothing sizes in UK for children are based on their age!

the roe family said...

and now you smock...
come on girl -- you are too much.
can't wait to see that beautiful little girl prancing aroung in it.

Georgine said...

Your smocked dress looks great!!! I have been trying to make one, and it isn't going well. Would you offer some advice? I am using the longest stitch length, I have worked with tension, and think I have that right, but I don't get the tight, stretchy smock you have photographed. Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!

traci said...

Hi--I found this post on google and am looking for help. I'm confused about the very first step. :P She doesn't give a template or measurements so I'm guessing we start with just the 27"x45" piece of fabric that is the 3/4 yard? When you sew the smocking lines is it across the 45" or across the 27"? Thanks! tturchin @ gmail.com (spaces removed)

Sand Hill Art said...

I'm a few years late with this comment but I do not think that this is smocking; it appears to be shirring, which is done with elastic. Smocking does not stretch.