I used a pattern called “April in Paris” from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine Issue 80.
It is long, twirly, very girly, and she loves it.
She especially loves the jacket.
I used the same grey georgette that I used for the dress to make the collar on the jacket. Unlike the original pattern, which in AS&E which used organza. This meant that the collar is a lot softer than the original, rather than sitting stiffly, and prominently, it kind of, floats, which I like.
Here is a picture of the smocking on the front:
Here is a picture of the growth tucks. The pattern that I used was originally printed with an error, and of course I did not read the correction notice until it was too late, and the dress was way too long. So I put in three tucks at about 1.5cm wide each, totalling 9cm, which is just about the right length. I think they also add a nice decorative detail.
And, following Gail’s advice (thanks Gail) I put some ribbon through the entredeaux on the skirt fancy band. I had quite a hard time finding ribbon in the right colour and width, but in the end I did, and even though it looks a little dark in this picture, I assure you that it is the right colour.
My girl also likes this dress on its own, without the jacket.
I just love her!
And the really amazing thing about this outfit? I made it from materials that I already had in my stash – the fabric, the laces, the matching colour thread – even the matching embroidery thread (I couldn’t believe my luck with that one!),the buttons, it all came from stash. The only thing I purpose bought was the grey ribbon to thread through the entredeaux. That was it!
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