Ainsley blouse for Rachel

This week I tried out the Children’s Corner pattern, “Ainsley,” with Fabric Finders’ petit point pique. I added smocking to the blouse, using two stitches that I learned through SAGA’s Advanced Stitches correspondence course, the barbed trellis and surface honeycomb. The pique fabric is lightweight, pleats beautifully, and is wonderful to smock. The blouse pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow. We did raise the waist line, to give the blouse a little more of a “puffing” effect, per Rachel’s request. Rather than a fabric waist band, I used a pretty trim I found at Treadle Yard Goods.

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