|Frannie's Big Sister by Lyn Weeks|
This post is a lot of pictures and a little description.
My local SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) held an April workshop with Australian Lyn Weeks teaching her fabulous Frannie dress. This was my workshop "masterpiece."
Vintage Paisley from London Calling by Robert Kaufman
(This is a lawn weight fabric. IT IS WONDERFUL!)
White pique from Lyn Weeks from Japan for the collar.
(Wish I would have bought a few yards of this from Lyn.
It is a little lighter weight than most of Fabric Finders pique.)
|Frannie's Big Sister as a top|
Frannie's Big Sister is a dress pattern, but I was making the largest size (size 8) and felt that was too much flowing fabric for a dress for a nine year old. So, the dress became a swing top.
We cut out the skirts before the workshop with Lyn Weeks and then did almost all the construction in the two day class. The dress was smocked on the front and back with the plate from Frannie.
As a note, this is not a beginning sewing project. It comes with a short book for instructions and many options for construction details.
I am pleased with the outcome! My daughter commented that she didn't have a lot of growing room in the shoulders, so it wasn't as generously sized as some Australian patterns.
|Back view of smocked Frannie's Big Sister|
|Another view of Frannie's Big Sister|
|Smocking Detail on Frannie's Big Sister (plate from Frannie)|
|Back view of Frannie's Big Sister|
|Lyn Weeks and myself at the Houston SAGA chapter workshop for Frannie.|
All ready for a Texas sized Memorial Weekend!