My mother loved to smock. One year she made and smocked matching dresses for me, my sisters, and herself. They were pale pink cotton with dark pink smocking. This is a terrible picture, from about 1950. (Maybe I’ll eventually be able to repair it with Photoshop Elements—ever the optimist.)
Seated on the floor, from left to right, are my sister Marge, me, little sister Katrin, and brother Don. Directly behind Don is our mother. To her left are my grandmother and my great-grandmother. My father is wearing the bow-tie.
They were pretty dresses, and I remember that I liked wearing mine.
Now I want to show you some really beautiful recent smocking. Remember June-to-the-rescue, my neighbor who showed me how to thread my new Simple sewing machine? She also loves to smock. Take a look at this bridal garter.
Or see it enlarged at Flicker:
Isn’t that a great idea? Here’s how June makes them.
First, she machine-pleats a strip of cotton batiste. Then she adds lace edging.
Next comes the smocking, the addition of the elastic, and the finishing. On the left garter, you can see traces of red guideline stitches which will be removed.
June is making seven of these garters for her granddaughters, and possibly she’ll make an eighth for a future granddaughter-in-law.
For her eldest granddaughter, June made a diaper bag for her first great-grandchild, who is now age six. Here are some smocked motifs on the diaper bag. Can you imagine actually using a diaper bag with such fabulous work on it?
That’s not all. Here are some of the clothes June has smocked for her granddaughters.
Plus this baby dress and bonnet, modeled by the baby, over her pajamas.
And then there’s this pillow cover:
Detail of the pillow:
Such a pleasure to see. Although I am not interested in doing smocking, I do enjoy seeing such lovely work. Don’t you?