The dress went together so smoothly.
The smocking? Meh.
It's my first attempt at picture smocking, so I'll cut myself some slack.
I started with the Goodship Dress pattern, but the only parts that remain are the armholes and side seams. Here are some of the modifications:
Re-drafted the front.
Inserted a pleated panel for smocking.
Eliminated the collar and lined the bodice.
Modified the center panel to be gathered.
Added ric-rac to the seam and piping to the top and bottom of the insert.
Sliced the back to make a button closure.
Excepting the smocking and the off-center back buttons, I'm really pleased with the design and fit. The piping and ric-rac are great. And the heart fabric (Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman) is adorable. Maybe I'll try it again.
But not right now. Right now it's time to Celebrate the Boy and make some big girl clothes!