sharing my passion for classic and heirloom sewing

The tractor buttons are just for show -- underneath are handsewn snaps. Snaps are so much easier for wiggly babies. 

This version of Children's Corner Mary De features smocked portion to the top of the skirt. While the non-smocked version is a great project for a beginner, the smocking is a little bit more challenging. My video walks you through of the smocking and blocking techniques. 

I made this dress out of this darling white and navy gingham. Of course, there are a wide range of fabrics that would look lovely for Mary De.

I smocked it using white DMC Pearl Cotton size 12. 

The back of Mary De criss-crosses in sort've a wrap-style dress look. It is customary for the right side to overlap the left side of girl's garments, but apparently I did this in reverse for this dress... why? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm sure a lack of coffee and sleep had something to do with it. But look at the tractor buttons! Perfect punch of red and such an unexpected little embellishment for girl's dresses.