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Saturday, August 27, 2011

End of Summer Smocked Sailboat Bubble

I started this little bubble in June, when Andy would have had all summer to look cute in it. I had the sewing done several weeks ago. I originally intended to smock a fish on the front, but I lost the smocking plate. I didn't want to buy a new one or smock something else, so I did nothing. Today I decided to just finish it, before Fall weather arrives and Andy can't wear it anymore!
I made up my own sailboat design and it looks OK. I wanted to use summer sherbet colors on this turquoise Imperial microcheck.
The pattern is Maja's Heirlooms Corey, size 18 months. I made it with no sleeve or collar, so I cut the armholes and neck 1/2" larger. The bias binding was made 1/2" wide on purpose to show off the diagonal pattern, which I like. 

This is a perfect fit. The little bit of smocking gives it just enough fullness to look cute on a boy or a girl. 
I made the long pants version of this pattern (Jordan) for Andy when he was tiny and I love that one, too. This is definitely a "classic" to make over and over. My next one will probably be a corduroy or denim long pants version for winter.
Now that this project is done, I can work on something new...or finish one of my many other UFOs!!


Janice said...

Andy is just precious in this darling bubble. The pattern, the colors, the smocking--it all works so well together. I bought this pattern some time ago, but never made it up. Now I'm even happier to have it. It seems I have to buy every pattern you make up! Oh, and I especially love the summer look with no collar and no sleeves.

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thank you, Janice. You are so generous with your comments. I feel the same way about your sewing- you always give me great ideas! I hope sometime you do get to make this pattern; it's really a great one!

Jan said...

You know I've tried to create my own picture smocked plates. I've decided to let a professional do that. I admire those who can make their own.

Jan M said...

I love those colors, and Andy's cute chubby little knees! Precious!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Jan and Jan- thanks for your comments! I wouldn't quite call this designing my own smocking- it was a very simple shape. I still would have preferred the fish. I bet I'll find that plate tomorrow!! I love those chubby little legs in rompers, too. They are irresistible!