With this dress I am trying out "Template Smocking" . More information on this technique can be found in the "A to Z Book of Smocking" from Country Bumpkin. Love their publications! Anyhoo, a template is made of the desired design. It is then traced around with a marker on the pleated fabric. Then the outline of the template is stitched with a very tiny chain stitch using one thread of floss. This then gets filled in with stacked cables. You can see my start here. I have templates for the surrounding leaves but I didn't want their distracting markings while smocking the flower. I am trying to stitch out the flower in the tablecloth that floats across the field. This insert is also backsmocked to keep the pleats nice and straight. I did some backsmocking here and will do the rest once the smocking is done. I am actually quite far along with the stitching enjoying sitting out in the sunshine on this beautiful day. I haven't done template smocking before so if this doesn't shape up the way I would like, into the wadder pile it will go and we will move on to plan B.
It is time to keep smocking. As soon as the little insert is done I will start putting things together. I will use a faced hem and the bodice is lined. For those I will use a cotton batiste. This dress is a bit of a risk. Hopefully my thinking outside of the box will pay off. It doesn't always but that is what seam rippers are for......Bunny