Learning Something New

Posted: August 29th, 2013 under Homemaking.
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I remember looking at the adorable girls at church in their hand-smocked dresses and saying, “If only God would give me another little girl, I will learn how to smock…”

He did, so I did.

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Some older women from church came to my home and walked me through the process.  I am not very good at sewing or smocking, but I really enjoy the creative process

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  harmonizing the designs with color and fabric.

A real pleasure in the doing.

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One of my greatest hindrances to completing my dresses is that I spend little time off of my feet.  If I am sitting down, there is usually someone sitting on my lap.

Or maybe three someones.

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For a while my most productive time to smock was while waiting in airports UNTIL my favorite tiny embroidery scissors were confiscated in Grand Cayman.

Threatening and dangerous?  Really?!

Threatening and dangerous? Really?!

Pretty threatening, huh?

If there were an award for “Worst Application of a Placket in a Smocked Bishop”, I would OWN that award.  My consolation is that my daughter is rarely still; my dresses will not be closely scrutinized.

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My smocked dresses take so long to complete, that my daughter soon outgrows them.

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I display them in her bedroom as little “works of art”.


While I may not be the best seamstress, it is my hope that with lots of practice, I will one day be an awesome grandmother…

And there is encouragement in knowing that sometimes you can “teach an old dog new tricks”.








  1. Oh, how I love this.

    (and the dresses are beautiful, both on her AND hanging on the wall!)

    Comment by Melisa — August 29, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

  2. um, i counted 6. i’m staggered. i now know that Cyndi can do EVERYTHING. and every one of these dresses is equally gorgeous. you have impressed me all over again, friend! ♥

    Comment by barbara r — September 2, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  3. Looks just like my little sister!

    Comment by stuart — October 16, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

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