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Thread: Dresses and bonnets smocked some 30 years ago

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    so beautiful, I loved smocked dresses when my girls were little!

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    How beautiful, you should be teaching.....I purchased a smocked dress at a sale, hangs in my bathroom on an embellished satin hanger, however it is not as fancy as yours.......what a skill.....calla

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrilley View Post
    I would "shadow box" frame one of the dresses and hats along with a picture of the little girl wearing it. It would be expensive to do professionally but an absolute treasure and heirloom for your niece.
    Thank you for the idea, I was kind of thinking of doing that for her and I appreciate the encouragement push to do it. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by calla View Post
    How beautiful, you should be teaching.....I purchased a smocked dress at a sale, hangs in my bathroom on an embellished satin hanger, however it is not as fancy as yours.......what a skill.....calla
    oh thank you for that idea too !!!

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    How beautiful! You have done such a gorgeous job. I would love to put my daughter/granddaughter in one of those dresses. They would be saved for VERY SPECIAL occasions! Why is it that our youth does not appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into making a homemade object, whether it be a quilt or a smocked bonnet and dress?

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    re: Your work is beautiful. I also "smocked" at one time..for my now 31 yr old daughter. I have a grand daughter but my dd said she wouldn't need any of the old fashioned stuff.. Sad face here. I also did bonnets, nightgowns, dresses and Christmas ornament. AND at one time I was making custom Bridal garters. Those were really fun.



    Maybe future generations will want to wear them.

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    Wow! Are you sure your name isn't "Polly Flinders"? I use to buy that brand for my girls. You did beautiful work.

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    Those are stunning! And who knows, there may be girls down the road that will be able to wear them!

    Truly heirloom quality work!

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    I love making little girl clothes, never smocked but admire it greatly, those are just adorable!

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    those are just beautiful! I would be afraid to touch them--they look so delicate--what beautiful work! You should be teaching!
    "variety is the spice of life"

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    Wow...I would love to beable to make those for my graddaughter. They are all so beautiful!

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    OMGsh! These are so beautiful! You need to have one of them framed in a sealed shadow box frame to keep in your sewing area. It's wonderful that your sister kept such care of them. They are a treasure!
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    Very special little dresses. I love them. She will never find more like these.

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    What beautiful work you did and your sister is obviously proud of it too

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    oh my gosh! I have always loved smocking!
    I never did any for my 3 dd's, bc I didn't know how back then.
    These are such beautiful treasures and in such pristine condition.
    You can tell they were and still are well loved.
    What a precious picture of your niece wearing one.
    This is such a beautiful story, it brings a tear. How gorgeous!
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    THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I'm sure they were a labor of love. Very thoughtful sister to have kept them all of these years.

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    WOW, your smocking is absolutely amazing and I'm glad your sister preserved them, as they are truly treasures as they took quite a bit of time to make, they are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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    Those are absolutely gorgeous! I used to smock for my daughter also. I smocked her First Communion dress. It didn't fit her daughter but I still have something I made for myself - a red gingham apron.

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    I'll add one more thing. Our children are adopted. The first was a girl. When we went to pick her up, she had a BEAUTIFUL smocked dress on - Polly Flinders. I loved it so much that my sister bought me another. My daughter is now 41 but I saved the dresses and she dressed her dolls with them. They don't do work like that anymore.

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    wow those are treasures indeed!!!

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    When I was little my mother smocked and made all of my dresses. I remember how pretty I felt. Your niece will always remember the beautiful smocking you lovingly made for her and this makes you a very special Aunt. Beautiful work.
    Mia

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    work that beautiful is never OLD FASHIONED. If I were lucky enough to have a grandaughter, she would have
    dresses just like those. Your sister knows the value and love you showed with every stitch. thank you for sharing.
    Brenda in Wadesville IN

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    Oh, wow! These bonnets and dresses are beyond beautiful! You created heirlooms!

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    I am just overwhelmed at the workmanship in those little dresses. Why can't kids these days appreciate the handwork from those days. Unfortunately, they'd rather have blue jeans and flip flops.

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    Whoah, hold on a minute. My computer was a little slow bringing up the pictures so I hadn't seen the bonnets yet when I posted the above remark. Now after seeing the bonnets too.....Oh my gosh. Everything is just so beautiful. You should have a good pat on the back. What a great talent you have.

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