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Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a smocked bishop dress or yoke dress, set in a sleeve properly or sew a perfect neck binding or sleeve band? What about constructing boy’s button-on suit pants, fitting a Peter Pan collar or making a placket in a sleeve with a cuff? Do you need a pattern collection for children’s clothing up to a size 6 for boys and girls including shirts, pants and all kinds of dresses and jumpers? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then Children’s Garment Construction Licensing was created just for you! Won’t you join us for Children’s Garment Construction July 28 – August 2 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida? Learn more about it and register here!


Heavenly Roses

Speaking of fabulous children’s garments, we have the most adorable new project kit available in our store. “Heavenly Roses” was designed by Heidi Reid of Australia and is featured in our Best of Australian Smocking & Embroidery special edition. If you have a baby girl to sew for, this blue voile dress in sizes 12, 18 and 24 months is the perfect design for Easter or other special occasion. The smocking features pretty shell pink bullion roses stitched across wheat stitch scallops. The usual geometric nature of smocking is softened by this scalloped technique that creates graceful curved lines. Follow this tutorial to try your hand at wheat stitch scallops:


1. Bring the thread to the front at the half space between pleats 1 and 2. Take the needle back through pleat 1.

2. Work an over cable. Work two steps down to the next pleating row.


3. Work three outline stitches along the row.

4. Work four stem stitches along the row.


5. Work two steps up to the half space above.

6. Continue working steps 2 – 5 across the row.


7. Bring the thread to the front between pleats 1 and 2, just below the first row. Take the needle back through pleat 1.

8. Work an over cable. With the thread below the needle, work two steps down to the next pleating row.


9. Work three stem stitches along the row.

10. Work four outline stitches along the row.


11. With the thread above the needle, work two steps up to the row above.

12. Continue working steps 8 – 11 across the row.


Be sure to check out our Heavenly Roses Dress Kit for everything you need to make this beautiful dress for that special baby girl in your life! In addition to the fabric and materials, you’ll also get a copy of The Best of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, which includes the “Heavenly Roses” dress pattern plus seven more great patterns for children!

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