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This week’s how-to video from SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show brings you one of our favorite celebrity sewers, Heather Ross. Martha and Heather take you step-by-step through making an adorable smocked dress perfect for summer days lounging by the pool. This super simple project is great for both children and adults, and Heather shows you a few cool tips (like using elastic wrapped thread for your smocking) that make this a fun and easy garment you can whip up in a weekend!


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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.17 PMby longishhair

    My favorite weekend projects are lovely everyday clothes! Clothes I can wear on a daily basis and still be incredibly unique!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.04 PMby luabear

    i’m totally going to do this for my daughter

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.03 PMby makurochan

    currently my weekends aren’t any different than my weekdays (lol recession job loss), so basically i just keep working on whatever i was doing the day before >.>

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.49 PMby krdrox

    I’m still stuck in home decorating land for quick and easy weekend sewing choices… I would say new pillow covers happen the most. However, this is the year for clothing!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.46 PMby exquisite

    My favorite weekend project are embroidery embellished simple cushions

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.28 PMby cocorara

    I like going shopping for second-hand dresses, especially those with vintage looking fabric, to adjust and create new pieces from.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.27 PMby kiowaqtee

    My Favorite weekend project is taking my husband’s old shirts and t-shirts and making them into dresses or clothes for my toddler daughter!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.18 PMby saraherbert

    Weekends aren’t necessarily on the weekend for us because my husband and I both work in the medical field, but on my days off I love creating new things for my young kids. My three year old daughter loves to make stuffed dinosaurs, so we usually play around with how to make new satiny spikes, or or a ruffly frill for a new dino friend.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.15 PMby ttackett8216

    I love making dolls! Great weekend project!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.08 PMby leef

    My favorite weekend projects are skirts for my granddaughters. I’m going to make them some smocked sundresses now!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.40 PMby lxlaube

    My favorite weekend project is immersing myself in my “garage fabric store” and creating anything and everything from whatever catches my eye. Lately I have been creating children’s clothes and fabric bags.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.35 PMby berrylious

    Weekend projects are small gifts to stitch for friends birthdays or cutting out one or two scrub shirts for a customer.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.35 PMby januacoeli

    My weekend sewing is all my hand sewing from whatever project I started that week. That way it travels well or I can be with my family.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.33 PMby rubicat

    My favorite weekend projects are new clothes, however I am determined to finish all my works in progress before I buy another inch of new fabric and then I must, really truly must, figure out a blouse that fits my short, extremely busty torso comfortably. After that, I can get back to more new clothes!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.31 PMby Purplerachel

    I sew almost every day. Weekends I sew anything I’ve been inspired to make during the week, but not been able to sew. My favorite weekend projects are skirts & dresses because I love to turn a few yards of fabric into something beautiful & wearable!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.13 PMby oliphia

    love this dress! i made a handful of them last summer and need to add a few more to the rotation this year.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.09 PMby connielk

    My daughter and I both love the smocked dresses. I have made 3 and have another cut out. Connie

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 PMby cands2010

    My favorite things to sew on the weekends are any projects that didn’t get done during the week, and making dresses for my great niece, and niece’s.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 PMby alysonvic

    My favorite weekend projects are knits, because they’re super fast to sew and fit!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 PMby eyesofmad

    I am in so much need to a new iron. Especially if I am going to be making cute dresses like the one above!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 PMby tanyah

    I love re styling clothes in my closet. Or better still my older girls give me their clothes and I cut them into something new; sweaters are one of my favorite things to cut and resew.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.03 PMby xeniagifts

    I am having a lot of fun these days making bags. All kinds of bags. I love The Perfect Handmade Bag — fun projects, easy to make your own.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.01 PMby Gina Passante

    Fast small projects (especially since I’m still a beginner and large projects scare me a little!) like little zipper bags and electronic cases.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.41 PMby Mary Ihla

    My favorite weekend sewing project is anything I can get done in two days.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.41 PMby Michelle McNamara

    I have always wanted to do this but have never gotten round to looking for instructions. This makes it look so easy. Now I can make myself some nice summer dresses and also give some work shirts a different look. These videos are going to be part my Burda sewing lessons from here on in.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.36 PMby mochimo

    My favorite weekend sewing project is a simple skirt. I usually manage to sew a skirt in a weekend.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.35 PMby v3g4n

    Smaller projects, like a handbag or a dress for my little girl.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.34 PMby JCL

    My favorite weekend project is recycling old sweaters and clothing into my grandchildren’s clothes.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.25 PMby kmtwriter

    My favorite weekend projects are those that I can finish and wear the next week. I like to do simple separates using the same pattern but with different coordinating fabrics that can be sewn with the same thread. For example, a solid and a coordinting print. This technique helps speed up sewing and gives me lots of options for putting together outfits.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.25 PMby hsnodgrass

    I love making aprons for my friends and family with whimsical designs and fabrics!

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