Australian Smocking & Embroidery issue 63 "Petite Flower"
I started this dress not long after the first of the year in 2011. It was supposed to be BK's Easter dress that year but boy, did that smocking take a lot longer than I had anticipated!
I don't think I finished the smocking until almost the end of the year. Then I misplaced the rest of the fabric so I couldn't finish the dress. But as I was putting the house back together following the flooring install, the aqua voile was found.
BK has grown ALOT over the past year and there was no way the size 4 that had been traced off originally was going to fit her...or the biggest size (5) that the pattern came in for that matter. I did a little tweaking with the pattern pieces and enlarged the bodice so she could finally wear her Easter 2011 dress.:)
The fabric is a poly/cotton voile heavy on the poly. It was part of a huge order I'd placed with fabric.com and while I love the color, I'm not so happy with the fabric. Especially for this dress. But I was bound and determined to finish it. And who cares if I got lazy and didn't line the skirt part of the dress?? She can wear her white linen Class Picnic ruffle shorts under it! (until I sew a slip)
In case you were wondering, the real BK did show up at the end of our mini photo shoot...