Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Smocked Dress and Jacket - Two Ways

This is my new project to teach at Farmhouse Fabrics this year,  I will be lucky enough to go there three times in 2012.  If you love nice fabric, interesting laces and trims, millions of buttons, and almost anything else related to sewing a trip to Farmhouse should be on your bucket list.  For a little taste go to   The first version of the class project is quite formal - a floral brocade mandarin collar jacket paired with a smocked and beaded silk dupioni dress.

The second version is a floral print featherweight corduroy paired with a Swiss flannel smocked dress.  The corduroy jacket is completely interlined with 'baby' interfacing to give it some additional body.   I don't ever make anything brown so this was a nice change for me.

I've already got ideas for several more combinations which is always a good sign to me.  I hope this will be a versatile pattern that will work up well in many fabric combinations.


  1. As always you are amazing, you have always been my favorite, I guess I should go to farmhouse and sign up.

  2. Very pretty and I would love to come to a class. Sure wish that you were teaching in Utah!!! If you do let me know I will come for sure.


  3. Such lovely dresses, I love the sleeves, such a nice soft look. I can't pick a favorite as they are both so very Beautiful. You are very blessed and so very talented. I order frequently from Sally, her shop is wonderful.

  4. Oh Gail, as ever, stunningly beautiful. I absolutely adore the jacket that has the heavily embroidered look to it. Where did you purchase the fabric, if you don't mind me asking.

    Have you ever considered selling your patterns? I would be so pleased to be able to do so, especially that now AS&E will be ceasing...........You have a legion of followers around the world, and of course we can't attend your classes and workshops in the U.S.A.

    Please let us know if your patterns may be purchased.

    Warmest regards,
    Marysia Paling.

    1. Oh, I have re-read your blog; its the floral brocade, delicate and beautiful, just like your work.

  5. Gorgeous as always!! I love the brocade fabric!

  6. Beautiful! Have you ever considered teaching your classes in Utah?

  7. Hi Laurel
    There seems to be a complete lack of heirloom sewing resources in the SLC area. An appropriate venue to teach at is hard to find.

  8. Beautiful ensemble, I don't do brown either but I do love the corduroy version

  9. Will be back in your area again for the Friday, May 4th sale. Can hardly wait. Maybe I'll be able to take a class this 6 month visit.


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March 22-25
t of St Louis SAGA
St. Louis,
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April 5-9
Children's Corner
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Chadwick Heirlooms
Richmond, Virginia

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Private class
Fernlake, Tennessee

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Huntsville SAGA
Huntsville, Alabama
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Prairie Bell Smockers (SAGA)
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Becky's Barn
Grinsley, Tennessee

August 7-11
Private class
Wenatchee, Washington

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Farmhouse Fabrics
Beech Island, South Carolina

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Low Country Smockers (SAGA)
Charleston, South Carolina
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Yankee SAGA
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