Monday, March 30, 2009

Sophie's Toile


I had to push that racing car jacket down a post! My, it just glares at me.

The decorative smocking is done on Sophie's dress. What remains are three more rows of backsmocking and then starting all those bullions. There are small bullion roses in the diagonal rows of diamonds between the diagonal rows of flowerettes. Then, in between the two bottom rows will be a trailing vine with larger bullion roses. Gotta start practicing those roses!

Generally, once the smocking is done, the pleating rows are removed minus the holding rows. Then the piece is blocked again and after that the embroidery begins.
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For my current machine project I have started working on Jacks Camo Jammies. They are cut out of a heavy flannel. It is a really nice quality but still shrunk hugely on the cross. I lost about 4 inches in width. Luckily the pattern still fit. I am using my go to jammie pattern, New Look 6421. an OOP.
I have traced this off so many times but this time used the largest size so got to actually cut out the pattern. This is just such a classic looking little jammy for boys. It kind of has that retro look. My grandsons love them and wear them till the hems are embarrasingly far from their ankles. Usually I pipe the edges but this time I am going to pass, just too much time pressure right now and DGS will love them piping or not.
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I just want to thank everyone for the lovely comments and encouragement regarding the twin's sailor outfits. They really were fun to make and I can't wait to see them on the babes.

I would also like to welcome the many new posters to the blog. Your visits are really appreciated and your comments too! Don't be afraid to offer some constructive criticism. I'm always up for it. Your lovely comments feel really good too! Thanks.....Bunny

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful smocking as always. Which plate is it? Can't wait to see it finished.

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  2. constructive criticism?!!!
    Yeah, right!
    That would be like me telling a brain surgeon what to do!
    Beautiful smocking.
    And I know what you mean about those bullions though.

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  3. The plate is Pretty Poppet from AS&E #81. Glad you liked it!

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  4. You know that jacket reminds me somewhat of the jacket that Wild Onion (she has a blog, although its infrequent) made. She used snack bags, of all things.

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  5. Oh my, that's pretty just the way it is. I can't wait to see what more magic you do to it.

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  6. Such beautiful work. I have smocked--took a couple of classes. I like hand embroidery, so the smocking was an added bonus. But, I've never been able to come up with many ideas for smocking and heirlooms sewing for women--something wearable. Because of that I never did enough of it to be considered any degree of "good" work.

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  7. Beautiful smocking! I love how the toile pleated up!

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  8. Oh, this is really working up wonderfully. The roses will be the icing on the cake.

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  9. That darling smocking dress is realy a labour of love.

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  10. Your color choices are perfect! Now to see the addition of all those roses. What colors will they be?
    Cissie

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  11. The rose bullions will have two bullions in the center that are a deep dusty maroon. The outer petals are a very dusty darker pink. I have been doing bullions since 7:00 this AM and have about 5 more roses to do and then I can start putting it all together. There will be a post coming on the lining on this dress.

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  12. Bunny, I have tried to email you re pattern sizing but I can't figure out your email address. I must be stupid.
    Cissie

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  13. My email address is in the right column, scroll down. Substitute the "at" with and at sign "@" and the dot with dot "." Hope this helps.

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