I need to clean out my daughter's closet. She has a dozen dresses she has outgrown and I need to share on my blog. This is one of them. I think this dress is a size 6 and too tight across the chest for my sweetheart. It makes me so sad, but I know she wore it a ton.
This is "Lee" by Children's Corner. I used the smocking plate "Sweet Arabella" from AS&E No. 73. This was the second time to use this plate because the smocking is fast and easy to do. I love the effect of leaving a few rows blank without smocking and how it makes such interesting gathers. The sleeves are from "Hillary" by Children's Corner. My other easy switch was to make the bow ties a little more narrow than the pattern states. I think the floral print is from Moda.
My daughter is in a size 8 now and that is where "Lee"'s sizing stops. If I don't get busy, we will be telling our friend "Lee" good-bye. "Lee" has been a favorite for many smockers and it is one of the most timeless patterns for heirloom sewing.