Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Craft

I love smocked children's clothes. However, as many of you madres know, they are rather expensive... and since babies and kids grow so quickly... it's hard to rationalize spending $100 on each and every outfit. And as sad as it is, baby shower gifts don't last forever!

SO, I've decided it's time to learn to smock & sew.

I really have no idea where to start. All I know is, my mother-in-law is an incredible seamstress and smocker extraordinaire. Obviously, so is my sister (not at smocking, but sewing). Smith gave me her hand-me-down Singer sewing machine (only 2 years old!) when she moved on to the big dog Baby Lock. For those of you like me, who don't sew- a Baby Lock is pretty much the Mercedes of sewing machines. From what I've heard, anywho.

I opened the sewing machine box last night, and I can honestly say I'm a little overwhelmed. I have a friend who knows how to sew and she is coming over on Thursday, so I'm hoping she can show me the basics.

Last night, I went to a smocking website (http://www.thechildrenscornerstore.com/) and ordered some supplies. Again, I have no clue what I'm doing. I ordered some smocking plates that I would like to use... someday.
This afternoon Chappy and I ventured over to Michael's in Destin to purchase some "floss." I think that's the term for string in the smocking world.

Luckily, I'm going to see Reed's mother, Emily, for the next two weekends-- hopefully I can get her to help me!
This will be a work in progress, I am sure.


Family Snodgrass said...

Way to go! If your skills don't develop quickly enough for your smocked clothes needs, I'd recommend checking eBay too. I know it sounds weird, but I've bought tons of Andrew's smocked clothes on eBay for very little. VERY little. And they've all been in perfect condition when they arrived (except one bubble suit that had a mark on it, and the seller refunded my purchase price and shipping costs).

Anonymous said...

I love the third one!

Holland said...

thanks, friends!
i've heard about the ebay thing-- from what i hear, it's great! i'll probably be placing an order quite soon if i've bitten off a little more than i can chew... heh

etalbert715 said...

Go Holland! Cannot wait to see your creations!!!

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