I few months ago a blog friend had her work featured in Sew Beautiful and of course I pinned it immediately then ran right out and bought the issue. Then I saw that my pin had be repinned with a question about if this was why people thought smocking was old fashion or something to the like.
Now I confess the dress was out of a more old fashion fabric. Actually much more old fashion then much of what is on her blog itself but the pattern was lovely and the idea of adding the smocking to the sides was great.
It made me think though what would modern smocking look like? I think it has much more to do with fabric selection then it does style. Ladies this is why we all have too many peasant dress patterns bc we see those little indy designers make one out of great fabric and become convinced that it is something new and different that we must have. So here is my first go. The pattern is one I got for free out of the discontinued bin at my local shop. The fabric is a polka-a-dot quilters cotton. The embroidery is from the book Doodle Stitches.