dress comes from Julia Meadows. She writes:
is photo of the dress I made for your sewing challenge. I
made the dress from a lightweight linen blend printed with
tiny polka dots. The collar is a single layer of handkerchief
weight linen embroidered with a scallop stitch (Bernina 1230
#25) and trimmed. The skirt and sleeves are smocked with contrasting
mini piping in the seam.
instructions for smocking:
Add 1/2" to the length of the skirt (cut 6" x 44").
The extra length will be cut off, but aides in manipulating
the pleated piece when attaching to the bodice. Pleat 7 half-space
rows. Remove pleating threads from 2" on each side. Draw
up pleated piece to the finished width of the bodice (16 1/2").
Smock 5 rows starting on row 3.
Pleat 6 half-space rows. Remove pleating threads from 1 1/4"
on each side. Draw up pleated piece to width of sleeve band
(5"). I smocked a chevron design on rows 3-6, with one
chevron between rows 5-6, fpur chevrons between rows 4-5,
and six chevrons betwen rows 3-4.