A couple months ago, I saw Heather Ross on the Martha show. Heather and Martha made a faux smocked dress using elastic thread. I saw the instructions on Martha's website, but decided I would buy Heather's book, Weekend Sewing, and get the real instructions. Well, I am sorry to say, the instructions in the book were no better. I trolled to internet to see what other people who made the smocked dress had to say.
Well, other people's dresses looked good. Must be my sewing machine I decided. I gave up on that dress, and tried the Flower Girl dress from Weekend Sewing.
I bought the fabric a Joann's, intending to make B a skirt. But, I was bound and determined to make a dress, and here it is:
It wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard either. I had a lot of trouble getting the gathering even on the skirt. I also had trouble with my machine. Mike keeps telling me to get a new one, but, until now, I haven't listened. When I was sewing the hem, my machine would chunk, and then I would get a nest of bobbin thread on the fabric. YUCK! Still, I am happy that the dress turned out as well as it did. It isn't the prettiest when the skirt meets the top. Here's to hoping B will actually wear it.