Second from last for a reason - I get to put it all together.
Those of you who know me will most likely understand the yoke on this dress. I may be big on machines, but there is a love of the hand-made-itsy-bitsy in me. The technique is North American Smocking. It's unlike traditional English smocking. The finished product has no elasticity, and is usually worked on a straight checked fabric. The fabric here is printed on the diagonal and produces a straight basket weave. Honestly I don't know what comes over me sometime, just thought it would be cool. All you need to know to do this is tie a knot with a needle.
The dress pattern had a smocked dress look to me (the whole fabric collection too), so I fiddled a bit with a few ideas. This type of smocking seemed better suited to applique. Now since
Tim Holly lives a hop skip and jump from me you know I had to "work it". She was even kind enough to make me the pretty poet's bow.
Now if anyone is actually interested in the technique I would be happy to post further - just leave me a comment.
Back to the workroom.....Cheryl