One of my goals is to learn how to smock. When I was young, my great aunt taught me how to smock but hey, I am old and forgot. So I signed up for a beginner smocking class and joined a Wee Care Sewing group. The Wee Care group sews and smocks fine baby gowns used for babies that pass away. By lovingly sewing these gowns, the group provides parents with a special garment for their child.
Although it sounds like a depressing task, I promise you this is a joyful group of women that know their gifts are being used to bless the families. I joined this group because it was an opportunity to share my gift of sewing but to meet talented ladies.
Since I am making my first gown, they let me borrow one of the small gowns to use as a model.
Look how delicate the stitching and the lace.
Here are a couple of these wonderfully talented and dedicated ladies.
One of the ladies cuts out the batiste:
So, here is the gown I am working on. The darker threads are used to hold the pleats in the fabricand act like a guide until you finish smocking. Once you are finished smocking the garment, the threads are removed and the stitching will hold the pleats. The gown is not as delicate as the first gown but I am improving.
Here is a closer look:
An accomplishment in progress. My goal was to sew baby gowns for my "future" grandchildren and friend's grandchildren. By practicing this skill now, I will get better. The learning curve is always steep but worth the climb.
So here is my question to you, What is your goal and how are you going to achieve it?