I don't think I ever gave this doll a name that I can recall, but she's been a favorite of all the dolls that I saved from my childhood! She's in amazingly good condition considering how
My doll is wearing the very first dress that I smocked for my first baby! The birth of a daughter is really what got me interested in sewing more than ever before. I am self-taught in pretty much everything that I do. When I see something that interests me, I research it, get the supplies and start figuring out how to do it. Back then I didn't have the internet at my fingertips, so it was a little harder to research the how-to's. At the time, two of my sister-in-law's were both learning how to smock and I instantly fell in love with hand-smocking and just had to learn how to do it!
I didn't take a class, but my sister-in-law had a brand new pleater, so I had her pleat up some fabric for me. She showed me the basic stitches and I was ready to get started! I bought a few spools of DMC Pearl Cotton #8 to match my fabric and got busy smocking. This was the very first time I had ever even heard of DMC Pearl Cotton, but it was what my sis-in law was learning to smock with, so that's what I purchased. I instantly loved it, and have used it ever since that very first smocked dress.
I don't recall if I had a smocking graph that I followed or not. If I did, it's not in my stash of smocking plates - it would be like me to just make it up as I smocked - that's just how I roll! Anyway, I was instantly hooked! My first smocking isn't perfect, but it's not too bad for my first attempt! I didn't know a thing about back-smocking when I started, and I can see now where at least one row of back-smocking should have been worked just above the last series of stitches I completed.
The dress pattern was not a typical smocked dress pattern. The pattern I used was just a regular yoke dress pattern and I modified it to work for smocking. I smocked from shoulder to waist - that's just how I roll! :)
I am soooo glad that I did have a portrait taken of my daughter, Lindsay, wearing the very first dress that I smocked for her! She's 8 months old in this picture and I think she's way cuter than my doll!
After I made this dress, I started working on another smocked dress for her. Can you guess? It was my first picture-smocked dress! Yep, there's a first for everything and I didn't waste any time in continuing to learn more about the wonderful world of smocking. I'll share my first attempt at picture-smocking in my next journal entry!
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