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Thread: Dresses and bonnets smocked some 30 years ago

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    Dresses and bonnets smocked some 30 years ago

    My sister is moving and in the process of packing up everything. She so beautifully preserved the little dresses and bonnets I smocked for her daughter, my niece that is now 33 years old. No granddaughters to inherit them but she says she will keep them for dolls in a china cabinet. I appreciate that she lovingly kept them and in such great condition. They bring back such sweet memories for me and I can hardly believe I made them much less remember how I did it so many years ago. Those were some of the best years for me. I did not have children but my sister blessed me with the sweetest and dearest niece and nephew so I am forever grateful. And the vintage suitcase is just perfect for them too.
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    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.
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    What a treasure! You did an amazing job! This is a craft I would love to learn -- you certainly were a master of this skill! So glad the dresses and bonnets were so lovingly saved. These are truly heirlooms! Wish you lived by me - I would love to learn from you.

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    Hi Jackie,
    Wow my sister's name is Jackie too. And it is sad but you are absolutely right about the "old fashioned stuff". Oh well it was so much fun while it lasted and I still enjoy looking at them and my Christmas ornaments too !!! Thank you and have a great day

    Quote Originally Posted by tuckyquilter View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    What a treasure! You did an amazing job! This is a craft I would love to learn -- you certainly were a master of this skill! So glad the dresses and bonnets were so lovingly saved. These are truly heirlooms! Wish you lived by me - I would love to learn from you.
    thank you !!!

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    Beautiful, beautiful work!

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    Oh wow they are beautiful.

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    There are no words to say how beautiful these things are!! I wish I knew how to do this. You do beautiful work.

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    These are gorgeous and such keepsakes. Your details are fabulous!
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    I smocked once, as a project in high school sewing class. I appreciate the work!! Your smocking is absolutely gorgeous!!
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    Absolutely stunning work. Loved the dresses and bonnets. My mother would dress us up in anything smocked. I just love them on babies. Even some smocking for little boys. God forbid you would put something smocked on a little boy any more.

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    Thanks, brought back sweet memories of my two girls. I lost all my keepies in a house fire in 1986. Very nice work! Do you have the pullen pleater? Do you want to sell it? I could maybe teach my GDs.

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    I have a picture (4) of my mother, myself, my daughter and her daughter, all in the same dress at the same age. Priceless treasure. I now have 4 great grand daughters that are about the age to have their pictures made. It is nice that things are cherished and saved for generations to come.

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    Oh m'gosh! Those are absolutely beautiful.
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    Oh wow! Those are wonderful.

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    Absolutely lovely!! one reason i wanted to have a girl too after having my son. But never happened.

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    absoultley beautiful what a treasure to have!
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    Oh my, they are just beautiful. You do wonderful work.
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    So lovely. My daughter is also thirty-three, and I still have a couple of the dresses I smocked for her--we must have been doing it at the same time! I've seen some quilts that include smocked blocks and have been thinking of giving them a try. Thanks for the wonderful memory.
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    What beautiful work you did. They are gorgeous and so happy they have been well taken care of. Wish that would come back as I love the technique and how beautiful they come out. So girly. girly. Thanks for sharing.


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    so beautifully done. and the initials smocking is so unusual.
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    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.

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    Exquisite! Remarkable!! Beautiful!!! Wow!!!!

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    EXQUISITE! Thank you so much for sharing. Thanks for all the work that you did and your sister for saving them. I just love them, all of them.
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    Your work is stunning and such a sweet spirit, to care so for your sister's child. I am sure you are a blessing in her life.

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