2/07/2007

re:smock

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Submitted to Whipup : Whiplash catagory #1 - Creative use of normal household waste.
Used: recycled sheet, thread


I really like the idea of smocks. For its history, as a garment that functionally protects ones 'real' clothes, and for its extreme cuteness. I read once, although I can't remember where, that a typical wardrobe for girl before the 20th century consisted of one regular pair of clothes, one set for church and several smocks for everyday wear. I suppose that as the cost of clothing has dropped exponentially over the years, and as so many of us have so much of it, smocks no longer serve the purpose that they once did. But still, they are really cute... and as babies seem allergic to bibs they are the perfect food fight foil. Plus they have the added bonus of showing that in fact, yes - your baby is a girl, even though she may not be covered in pink or have enough hair to be self evident.

Inspired by Amanda's fabulous gnome smock, and these two from craftbooks:













































I made this:





















The fabric is from a thrifted sheet, which I like because its reversible.





















Its so funny how these things are sewn, inside out and backwards - all pieces together until it looks like a jumbled mess, but then you turn it out through a little hole, and ta da! its all finished. Amazing. I wonder is it just the Japanese patterns that are like that, or Western patterns too (I haven't sewn any yet...)?

Anyways it fits her - with room to grow....










































and since it only took 3 naps and 1 after-bedtime to cut and sew I think that we will be making some more...

6 comments:

phoeberae said...

adorable smock, just perfect

cristina said...

its soooo cute! i love it. was it hard to follow the japanese pattern? you know soulemama.typepad.com makes lots of these too....
(must be a mommy thing)

Bitterbetty said...

That is really cute. The sheets at my thrift store just don't measure up! Of course, the wee model really sells it.

Mette said...

I really like this one, well done!
:-)

Regina said...

So sweet!!!

Strikkelise said...

Soo lovely, and the pic from the back is sooo cute!