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Canadian smocked dress

Added May 24, 2010

by adi1985

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I wanted to make a full white dress ,so I thought of adding Canadian smocking .So that it will still be pure white but still not plain.

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Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear



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    Jun 3, 2010, 07.07 PMby adi1985

    Thank you all for your very inspiring and appreciating comments….

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    Jun 2, 2010, 02.17 PMby kalihix

    Wow is all I have to say. A piece which took this amount of time and patience deserves all the praises :-D

    great job

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    Jun 2, 2010, 12.29 PMby annibaker

    This is absolutely an heirloom, to pass along the generations. Stunning work. When sewing by hand, you’re adding so much of YOU to the piece, your grandchildren will be feeling your soul in this dress. Make sure you keep it!

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    Jun 1, 2010, 08.32 PMby kristinjg

    That is amazing! You are very talented… and driven!

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    Jun 1, 2010, 08.45 AMby lorelle

    Your dress is beautiful. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jun 1, 2010, 03.46 AMby hamble

    I can’t believe how beautiful this is! Well done!

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    May 28, 2010, 01.53 PMby seasidelaundry

    Pure Magic! Cotton fabric, your ingenuity & effort!

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    May 28, 2010, 02.49 AMby littlecottondresses

    wow-ie! impressive! this is art!

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    May 27, 2010, 07.56 PMby milkyway

    OMGGGGGGG is absolutely great, what amount of work!!! but the outcome is amazing, congratulations, white fits you great

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    May 27, 2010, 05.49 PMby assets

    Great work you have great patience to do that it looks great!!

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      Jun 3, 2010, 07.07 PMby adi1985

      Thank you Assets….

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    May 27, 2010, 02.26 PMby msgems

    Wow… I would ask HOW… but you handily added a link to the how… must go check that out. Your dress is amazing!

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      May 27, 2010, 05.29 PMby adi1985

      Thank you Ms Gems

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    May 27, 2010, 01.44 AMby melonhead

    Wow that’s amazing!!…Wow.

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      May 27, 2010, 05.28 PMby adi1985


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    May 26, 2010, 10.01 AMby kiwistitcher

    just gorgeous & I am going to check out the how to :)

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      May 27, 2010, 05.21 PMby adi1985

      Thanks Kiwistitcher for your interest ……I wish you good luck…

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    May 25, 2010, 09.34 PMby marloncosta

    Beautiful! I had never seen canadian smocking before! You need to post a ‘how to’ on that! Your dress is really beautiful! Congratulations!

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      May 26, 2010, 01.09 AMby megneh

      In her credits section, she posted a link for the instructions. I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems like the directions are written well and are easy to follow. Can’t wait to try this!

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      May 27, 2010, 05.24 PMby adi1985

      Thanks Marioncosta….I have posted url in the credit section.I think it has very detailed explanation,I would be happy to help you if you have any specific questions…..let me know if you need more information about the dress itself. cheers!!

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    May 25, 2010, 12.36 PMby rogue-cellist

    Your dress looks amazing. It’s obvious that you put a lot of effort into it and it has really paid off. well done :-)

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      May 27, 2010, 05.27 PMby adi1985

      Thank you rogue cellist……

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    May 25, 2010, 11.20 AMby hdk100

    Unbelievable!!! When people hear that I sew, they say I must have a lot of patience! Well they haven’t seen your wonderful work of art! Congratulations!

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      May 27, 2010, 05.25 PMby adi1985

      Thank you hdk100 for your support….

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    May 25, 2010, 06.53 AMby nessys

    This dress is incredible! The work you must of put into it – so intricate! Good for you Honey!

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      May 27, 2010, 05.26 PMby adi1985

      Thank you Nessys…Yeah I feel very excited when I wear it :)

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    May 25, 2010, 06.16 AMby adi1985

    @dilshadburman, tamezdc, running with scissors, saranoemi, scheryka, Lala86, megneh … thank you all for checking out my work and your support. It inspires to try out new things….

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    May 25, 2010, 04.28 AMby megneh

    Wow. If people say they are not jealous of your dress, they are lying!

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      May 25, 2010, 06.17 AMby adi1985

      tnx megneh :)

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    May 25, 2010, 03.12 AMby lala86

    great job. Just a question. Did you do the smocking and then cut the pattern pieces or did you cut the pattern pieces first but leaving an excedent for the texture?

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      May 25, 2010, 06.08 AMby adi1985

      Thank you lala86.Thanks again for your question. I had three pieces for the front side. Tthe middle piece which is rectangular in shape has the smocking .The side pieces were attached to the middle smocked piece .I did the shaping on side pieces.For the back side I took a slightly different approach.there are three separate pieces similar to the front side.The center piece has smocking on both the sides ,in between the smocked area I have the pleats and then attached the two side pieces to complete the back side….

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      May 25, 2010, 01.58 PMby lala86

      well, thanks! I’ll try the smocking sometime. You’ve inspired me!

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    May 25, 2010, 12.03 AMby scheryka

    I am glad you showed me this can be done. I posted the canadian smocking in techniques with the thought doing this very thing but you know how far I got? The first three rows and I got very bored. Thanks for putting that “spark” back in to my life. And your dress is fabulous!

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      May 25, 2010, 06.14 AMby adi1985

      Thank you Scheryka for sharing the website and the technique. I was inspired to try this out after seeing your post and one another post on burdastyle. Thanks again for your encouragement and checking out my project. I’m sure you’ll get back to your project and create a lovely dress. Cheers!!

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    May 24, 2010, 08.20 PMby saranoemi

    wow, you must have so much patience. Great job!

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    May 24, 2010, 08.18 PMby runningwithscissors1

    That must have taken you forever! Beautiful! Thanks for the link, will have to look into this. Nice work.

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    May 24, 2010, 07.56 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice job!

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    May 24, 2010, 07.54 PMby dilshadburman

    WOW! Thats a LOT of work!! Good job!!

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    May 24, 2010, 07.52 PMby ghainskom

    well done!

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