I never thought I would say that, as smocking is reminiscent of my early childhood (70s) but it is SO MUCH FUN! To sew, I mean.
If I had daughters (here I go again) they would be getting a gazillion summer dresses. I took the advice from Heather Ross Weekend Sewing (yes, that book, again!) and went with her directions.
Basically, I had NOT intended to make this, I even said, no more sewing today! But I realised that I had a big strip of fabric left from my Kimono Dress, and I laid it out, and thought, maybe I could squeeze out a dress for my 5 year old niece, who is tall but very slim.
It's the kimono dresses' fault, as you only get to sew 1 measly line using elastic thread! And I just HAD to have a go!
I have not hemmed it at the top or bottom, as I'm not sure if it'll be a skirt, a top or a dress, as we speak! I'm waiting for my son to get home, so he can try it on for me and I can decide! He's a few inches taller than her, but just as slim! I'm sure he'll be thrilled. I'm not sure how much longer I can go on making him try on girl's clothes, I had him testing the hairbands for me the other week! I think I'll make her another hairband to match the dress, as that is SO cute!
All I need to do now is make sure we are never in the same fabric together!