Thanks for all the compliments on the tutorial. Really, its just my way of trying to get as many other people as possible hooked on smocking... so it won't just be me shuffling through little boxes of DMC floss looking for just the right shade of green (or pink or lavender).
To answer a few questions... I'll absolutely show you how to do the smocking stitches and discuss how to use this technique with a sewing pattern. I'm on it!
In the meantime here's a shot of that blouse I cut out for Tater a while back. I finally got to putting it all together and it turned out so cute...
It was super easy and went together well. Its from this Japanese sewing book. Have I mentioned I'm totally in love with Japanese sewing books?
I can see making about a dozen or so of these. The book includes several ways to use the same pattern to make different versions of the blouse... long sleeves, short sleeves, butterfly sleeves, and even just adding length to the whole thing to have a dress with the same sleeve options. Gotta love having 1 pattern thats so easy to adapt.
I'm think'in Tater is starting to take this modeling gig a little too seriously... see that haunted-Vogue-style look on her face... totally her own. Sheesh.
Poor kid started sniffling yesterday during this little photo shoot and is now stuck with a full-blown head cold. She looks like Rudolph and sounds like a freight train. As I type this (my office is actually one side of the master bedroom) Tater is in my bed behind me... sound asleep... snoring like a huge old man.
I'm gonna tip-toe out of here and take care of some laundry and a few other household things I've been neglecting for the sake of sewing and knitting. As soon as the house is put back together... I can get back to sewing and knitting!