This classic yoke dress is smocked with a plate called Baby Allison from the book Classic Smocking - The Cheryl Lohman Collection. Her designs are exquisite.
A yoke dress requires a little bit more involved construction than the bishop style I showed you the last couple times. Yoke style dresses typically have a Peter Pan collar and set-in sleeves. The sleeves can be smocked and trimmed with lace, or gathered and bound with a bias band, as I chose to do on this dress. A tiny little touch of embroidery was added to the collar to mimic the smocking design. These little dresses are all about the details!
I don't care for dresses that are dripping with lace, but I do like a squidge of it. I heard a phrase a long time ago that I have remembered, especially when I'm tempted to go overboard with froofiness. (Do you like my word? I just made that up.) "There are more ways to kill a dog than to choke it with buttermilk." I think the child should be the focus. When the garment becomes the focus, well, something is just not right!
Smocked dresses are expensive to purchase because the handwork is time-intensive. However, they are very inexpensive to make yourself, if you keep the lace to a minimum. Imported Swiss laces are a must on these dresses, and that can run into some bucks if you want to trim the collar, sleeves, and hem. I like to keep the lace near the face, so I just trimmed the collar on this one. All told, fabric and lace for this dress cost only eight dollars.
So now I have two maybe-baby-boy and two maybe-baby-girl garments finished. I think I'll wait now until we find out what Baby Saint is. We'll find out in a couple weeks!
And by the way, I received lots of guesses and we now have two winners on the name game. I can't tell you who they are, or what the names are yet, but I'm dreaming up some delicious baked goods for the winners. Don't worry, I ship near and far!