|The X Factor|
This particular little smock has some interesting features. For one, the length of the shoulder is longer, which required some on the spot designing. I used the all in one pattern I'd made with the front fold, and lengthened the sleeve a bit. Then I simply cut the sleeves off "off the shoulder", gently gathered the new sleeve edges and reattached them for the look. It worked.
|Smock Without the Belt|
The pockets have a little zig-zag embroidered stitch on them, and the sleeves boast the diamond pattern all the way around.
The collar is squared on the back flaps for a rather nautical look, which was by request - a good one. One of the most difficult things to do was desiging the v that would become laced up. I honestly had no idea what to do, but realized it had to be lined. What I ended up doing was cutting a lining, a shorter version of the top, and once sewn on, I cut a one and half inch slit right through the lining and top. I stitched down the sides of this cut starting at the neckline, then turned this inside out. It worked! I was scared to pieces doing this, but I was at my wits end not knowing how else to achieve this. I got lucky!
|Squared Collar and V to Be Laced Up|
I'd recently gotten an order for several Lettie Lane dresses, so I decided it would be best to make two at a time as my Lettie would wish the same ensemble. I learned with both the indian costume and the pumpkin costume, that after I'd made one to the finish, it was a very long process to start afresh and make another one. Also, when you're sewing two, and the pattern is for the first time, sometimes you work something out better on the second, and can go back and redo the first.
|Pink Smock Times Two|
|Now to Make This Pink Straw Hat and Paddle|
I have come to the conclusion though this, that I love working with and around bright color. I love designing clothing that tells a story and I hope my creations do just that.
The days have turned sunny and nature is dressed head to toe in shades of green. Spring! I do take breaks to sun my little nose and enjoy one of the prettiest times of the year.
Miss E. Mouse