A first dress

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This is Veronica wearing A dress that I made for Mathilda when she was about 18 months old. This started the resurgence in my sewing enthusiasm, which had been dormant for quite a while!

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This is the first time I tried smocking.

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It was made using a printed poly cotton voile. I love this fabric because it doesn’t need ironing.

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The pattern is from the “Inspirations Baby” special edition magazine.

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This is the first dress that I made for my little Mathilda. I didn’t quite get it the same as the pattern in the book, but I was, and still am, pleased with the end result.

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I also made matching bloomers. (The tights are covered in bark from the playground)

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I pleated the fabric using a Clothilde perfect pleater because I didn’t have a smocking pleater then, and I don’t think I even knew what one was!

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The smocking itself turned out simple, but nice and neat.

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The lace trim was some that I had from when I was a teenager making tote bags for myself and friends.

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And this is the back yoke.

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My sweet little model just wouldn’t stay still, the dress is so swingy that all she wanted to do was dance.

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Thanks for reading!

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