I say successful because there was another project but it was definitely a first attempt, one that helped me understand what mistakes I made (constantly) and how to correct them without totally ruining the project (constantly). So, this is my first completed smocking project that Helen is now wearing. I must confess that I bought this pink gingham bubble off ebay because it was already sewn together and pleated, ready to smock. So all I did was smock the design. My next big hurdle is to learn how to actually sew the outfits together.
I have to thank my hubby for driving to and from Brownsville this past week when we went up for a visit to the Mosses. It's a 4.5 hour drive each way, which accounts for about 80% of the smocking time it took to do this, which begs the question - how on earth does anyone have time to smock ALL of their children's clothes or handsmock for a living?! Still, it is a new skill that I am enjoying learning about and something I will continue if time permits. Maybe I will get faster as my skills improve.