A week or so ago I posted photos of the purple and pink rose fabric Peter Cottontail Bunny and eggs (see the post HERE) that I made for a very special little two year old friend of mine. **smiles** I really love the fabric and only had one yard of it to play with. The stuffed bunny and eggs only required 1/2 of a yard and I just had to use the rest of the piece for something special. I decided to make a little smocked sundress as the perfect solution for the useage of the rest of the fabric. I found these instructions for the smocked top dress and at the end of this post I'll share the You Tube video.
This dress is definitely one that beginners in sewing or those who just want to make something very quickly and simply can do. The smocked top is actually not done by the traditional and time consuming method. This sweet dress is smocked using elastic thread in the bobbin. VOILA! Smocking on your sewing machine made by rows of stitches. Again, if you are interested in the 'how to' just watch the video at the end of this post.
My photos are not very clear but hopefully you can get an idea as to how simple and sweet this little dress is. And it is only 1/2 yard of fabric! Of course, the dress I made is about a size 3 little girl size, but by using more fabric you can actually make one for yourself or adults.
So here are my ONE YARD EASTER GIFTS that I will be wrapping up in a basket along with some bunny shaped frosted sugar cookies using my Grandmother's Rich Cookie dough recipe. I remember as a little girl (about 150 years ago) my Grandma coming to the house with a bowl of her freshly baked sugar cookies. I've never tasted better than hers, no matter who puts their name or gourmet label on them.
If you'd like to view the Martha Stewart video to make the summer smocked sundress, take a peek:
I had better get in the kitchen and mix up Grandma's Rich Cookie Dough recipe so I can roll them out and decorate them tomorrow.