I had the pleasure of attending the Celebrate the Gift dinner with my four girls on Saturday evening. All thanks to my husband who also enjoyed a “little boys” night in. The church was decorated in a rustic Christmas theme this year. Lovely quilts decorated the halls, Christmas lights filled the auditorium with many tables beautifully decorated by women of the church, a large sleigh in the hallway carried more quilts and Christmas fare. I listened to my handbell ringers (and their friends) before the event began. It was delightful, and I felt like royalty being served such a lovely dinner.
Rachel wore a smocked top that I actually made about two years ago. The fit was just off; it was too big. At any rate, I enjoyed making it, trying out the idea of machine smocking, using Martha Pullen’s “Smocking in the Hoop.”
In one afternoon, I had the front piece pleated and smocked. I was quite amazed at how well the sewing machine needle hit the pleats and established the design without any problem. The pleated piece is fused to wash-away stabilizer and the pleating threads are removed prior to stitching the design. Everything stays in place thanks to Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.
I hand-smocked the area on either side of the design by hand, which added a nice texture. The sleeves were also hand smocked with the same embroidery thread as the front piece. The gingerbread character was a separate embroidery design, possibly by Pfaff… I cannot recall… and simply attached on top of the geometric design.
It’s a little bit of grace that the top worked for Rachel this year. Good that children do grow.