Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Smocked Top and Floral Skirt for ME

This is a great fall outfit for South Texas.  The peasant shirt is cool enough, but with sleeves to keep your arms warm.  The skirt can be worn with the matching top or a solid.

The top is NewLook 6892, View B.  I have made this before, so I felt I could pleat the top instead of gather it.  After pleating, I smocked simple stitches in cream and then copied flowers from the skirt to embellish along the front.  Instead of a turned under edge on the neckline and sleeves, I used a rolled hem from the serger.  Below are a few close up pictures.

To roll this top through the pleater was interesting.  The neckline is contoured and not on the straight grain, so don't look at the details of the smocking.  The average eye will not catch the stretching and pulling of the smocking.  This is my first smocked project for me!

The skirt is Simplicity 2410, View A.  This skirt runs very short, so I lengthened it a few inches.  My floral fabric is very busy and if I had to do it again, I would leave off the belt.  

I love the fall look of this outfit and I love the smocking details for myself!


  1. Yay! A smocked top for women! And I've long eyed that very print from Sandi Henderson. I think it's all beautiful!

  2. Bravo! I like the smocking at the top... nice addition!

  3. Love that you made something for you! I too purchased that top thinking I'd smock it for me. I never got there, but did make a nice little cotton short sleeve top - the elastic was a tight and I of course didn't find that out till done, but managed to add some and now just right. The skirt I too have made and love the fit (yes, it is short) - I liked it even better when I moved the zipper to the back from the side. Keep the ideas coming!