Chasing Rainbows

It has been a busy week in the Smockerybee hive.  A little friend turned two this week and the party was on Saturday.  I decided weeks ago to make a dress for a present, and was perfectly on schedule to finish it in time until illness put me in bed for a week.  Since I recovered I have been racing to catch up, and managed to finish the dress on Thursday with a day to spare – phew!

Both Littlebees were very excited about the party, and determined to wear their new dresses (pictured in my last post).  The party was lovely and I am pleased to say that the dresses withstood a bouncy castle, a disco, lots of twirling and birthday cake!

For the birthday girl, inspired by the pretty multi-coloured polka-dots on the fabric, I decided to go for a bold, geometric pattern in rainbow colours.

I picked up the dark blue in the piping:

The finished dress has a generous hem to allow for growth and a button-belt that can be adjusted as needed (I prefer a short belt to a long sash or bow which can get in the way of play).

I hope the birthday girl likes it!



Oh, dear…It is a fearfully long time since my last post.  Apart from for the last couple of weeks when I have been ill (much better now), I have no excuse for this.  All my good intentions for a new year’s blogging seem to have melted with the snow.  So let’s start again:  A very Happy New Year to you all!

In contrast to my on-line inactivity I have been very busy stitching.  Since my last post I have completed three dresses: A little baby bishop dress for a friend, and a dress each for my Littlebees.

The bishop dress is for a friend who collects and restores vintage prams.  It is for a doll to wear when she displays the prams at shows.  It is newborn size, smocked with variations on feather stitch – a new one for me.


I promised the littlebees a new dress this year and let them each choose from my fabric stash.  Big Littlebee picked a bold colourful print and Small Littlebee a delicate vintage-style print on pink.  I decided to thread the smocking with ribbon again, and used surface embroidery – bullion stitch daisies on the bolder print and roses on the pink.

With two eager girls cracking the whip it didn’t take me too long to make up the dresses and the girls are thrilled: “You’re the best mummy in the world!”.  All the endorsement I’ll ever need.