Tiny smocked dress – Purl Soho

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Ahh, little girls’ summer dresses. I’m planning a few different styles for tiny niece this year.

This one is the Purl Bee Smocked Dress & Shirt  pattern which I received for free when I signed up for their newsletter.

I think I did some smocking at school, and it was fun to try it again.  I say fun – I decided to use polka dots rather than the gingham they recommend, and it took a few tries to get it right.

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It’s a lovely pattern.  The smocking produces beautiful pleats at the neckline and a gently gathered full skirt.  The binding finishes the arm edge and extends to form straps.

The only thing I will change next time is the width of the binding.  I found 1 5/8″ rather narrow and fiddly, and the inside isn’t as neat as I would like.  I think making the binding a little wider would make the dress much faster to sew.

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On Monday, I’ll show you how I did the smocking on polka dots.  It’s very easy but might save you some time if you’d like to try it!

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6 responses to “Tiny smocked dress – Purl Soho

  1. Awww. How cute! Polka dots are always a good choice. 😉 You did a great job! Best, Jana

    http://www.meandmyveritas.wordpress.com

  2. This is really cute!

  3. Adorable! She’s a lucky girl!

  4. creative pixie

    Cute, I know 2 girls who would love this dress.

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