“I was so inspired when my 2005 issue #70 of the Australian Smocking and Embroidery came, and I saw the ‘Sheer Delight’ outfit by Janet Anderson in it,” said Cyndy Pond of Hastings, Minnesota. “Unfortunately, I had no one to make it for at the time as my granddaughter, Emma Rose, wasn’t born until 2008. After she was born, I knew I had to wait a few years until she was old (big) enough to wear it, but it was always at the back of my mind that I would one day make it for her.”
“Then last year, SAGA announced the competition categories for its national convention. I was planning on attending the Chicago convention, and when “White” was chosen as the theme, I decided the time had come to make ‘Sheer Delight’.
“I went about gathering the materials needed. The original pattern called for white cotton netting, but I really couldn’t justify spending $35- $40 per yard for a child’s garment (the top alone required about three yards). I ended up using an organic cotton batiste that I ordered from an online source. It was wonderful to work with, and I was very pleased with the results.
“There were a lot of embroidered flowers on it, and this was my first time making cast-on flowers. I had always balked at making them, because I thought they looked complicated. But after making my first flower, I wondered why I had waited so long to try them. They were a lot easier than bullions, and they are so delicate and pretty.
“Even though I didn’t win, I was very pleased with the end result…and so was Emma Rose!”
Thank you, Cyndy, for allowing me to share Emma’s outfit. It is very beautiful. It will be a treasured memory for Emma Rose.