Saturday, May 31, 2008

Smocked dress-Crafting 365, Day 213

This is a little treasure my Mother left behind...a hand smocked dress. It appears that she made this and never finished it because there weren't any buttons or snaps to close the back neck and the bottom of the dress wasn't hemmed.(though on closer inspection it appears as if it was hemmed at one time, very long though). That's remedied now because I spent the morning putting 5 little snaps on the back and shortening/hemming the dress. Here's a photo of the back of the dress. The smocking is just incredible.
Smocked dresss-snaps
I'm visiting my son and daughter in law in California, so this little gem is being left behind for my expected granddaughter. I drove about 950 miles over two days to arrive here with the bassinet and a collection of baby gifts. The baby is due in early August and I'll be back shortly after (by air this time) to visit the new arrival.

7 comments:

Liz said...

That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I think it's so great that your granddaughter will have a dress that both her grandmother and great grandmother worked on. What a wonderful family heirloom.

Waterrose said...

That dress is adorable...the smocking is incredible. I sew a lot but have always been intimidated by smocking.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

When my older girls were little I smocked dresses for them. So so much work goes into that! Its fun though. It is really cute.

Kim said...

The dress is incredible! What an exciting time for you - enjoy your visit.

Wonderfully Sew Knit said...

Wonderful dress! and congrats. :o)

HomeMadeOriginals said...

Thank you all. I had a wonderful but short visit and all the handcrafted items I brought were truly appreciated.

Bunny B said...

That's such an adorable dress!!! SUPER CUTE!