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Ode to Joy dress - 12/19/2017 3:44:55 PM   
Janice

 

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This Ode to Joy dress (pattern by Maggie B)has just delighted my 4 yo granddaughter. The dress is fast and easy to make and has only about 90 pleats to smock in the front and the back. It's a winner! More photos and details are posted on my Janice Ferguson Sews blog here. P.S. Just posted this a minute ago and can't find it. So if you see it twice, I aplogize.




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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/19/2017 3:48:42 PM   
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Sweet dress - and an adorable granddaughter! Congratulations!

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/19/2017 4:37:23 PM   
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I just adore the smocking ... I have a pleater and all the supplies, just haven't been able to make the time to adequately learn ...

Beautiful dress!!!!

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/19/2017 9:10:01 PM   
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I love it and I'm glad she does too. Those colors are the best, great combination!

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/19/2017 10:43:30 PM   
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Beautiful dress, beautiful girl!

I hear ya, Lynn! I purchased a pleater about 4 years ago, have books and videos, but just haven't taken the time to learn. A real shame, too, as I've seen so many lovely designs!

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/20/2017 8:19:35 AM   
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The colors are great. And she is adorable. Beautiful eyes.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/20/2017 9:17:32 AM   
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I love your dress!! And, it's so nice to "watch" Miss Vivian Rose grow up so nicely--with her own spunk!!!

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/20/2017 9:44:01 AM   
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So so cute! Love it and looks like she does too. good job again!
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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/31/2017 9:19:51 AM   
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What a gorgeous dress! I love the print and trim colors...very high-end, boutique look!
Thank you for the eye-candy Janice.

I'm with the rest of you gals who wish I could smock. I made a few things many moons
ago but now it would be like learning all over again. If it's any encouragement, I remember
thinking it was easy enough to learn. I don't have a pleater, but do have great instructions
on how to pleat by hand...pretty simple to do without a pleater actually.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/31/2017 3:21:43 PM   
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Love the dress, love everything about it! You have a beautiful grand daughter. Am surprised at how many of us have pleaters and don't use them. I purchased one and did some pleating when Don broke his hip. Sat in the hospital and later the rehab center smocking baby dresses. Haven't done it now for several years.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/31/2017 5:36:44 PM   
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Linda, will you point me to pleat-by-hand instructions? I'm hesitant to invest in a pleater which might sit in the closet because it's too hard to use.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 12/31/2017 7:05:26 PM   
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When I was about 18 there was either McCall or Simplicity pattern that featured iron on dots and you smocked it... not like pleater smocking but much bigger pleats - my sister's friend made the same dress in sort of raspberry colour and I made mine in black...

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/2/2018 12:44:50 AM   
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Carol, not Linda, but maybe I can help. Google Knott's Dots and there are Etsy sites where they are available. There are You Tube videos that show how to use them. I have also pleated 1/4-inch gingham fabric, picking up the corners of each square because I didn't have much luck trying to pleat gingham on my pleater...it resulted in weird waves of color because the pleater needles are about 3/8-inch apart, I believe. HTH

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/2/2018 10:20:47 AM   
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Carol, I found a few hits for pleating by hand and this one looks pretty good:
http://creationsbymichie.com/pleating-without-a-pleater/

The instructions I use are no longer online, but it's the same idea. You just
mark off a grid with washable marker, then take a short stitch at each place the
lines cross to pleat. The only thing I see different in Miche's instructions is that
she takes bigger bites into the fabric in her pleating stitches. I just pick up a few
threads right where the lines of the grid cross....rather like we would do when we
smock. Evidently it makes no difference since this is how Michie Mooney does it ; ).

There used to be sheets of dots that were iron on transfers (Knots Dots) but I
don't know if those are still available. The transfers put dots on the fabric so
you can make a stitch at each dot, then pull up rows of stitching to pleat.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/4/2018 8:30:41 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Fancy Stitches

Carol, not Linda, but maybe I can help. Google Knott's Dots and there are Etsy livesites where they are available. There are You Tube videos that show how to use them. I have also pleated 1/4-inch gingham fabric, picking up the corners of each square because I didn't have much luck trying to pleat gingham on my pleater...it resulted in weird waves of color because the pleater needles are about 3/8-inch apart, I believe. HTH

Barbara


That helped me :)

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/4/2018 4:40:49 PM   
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Thank you so much, I'll look into this when I get completely over this blasted flu. Can stitch charts be used for hand gathered pleats the same as for pleater gathered pleats since the pleat size is a little different?

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/4/2018 8:28:45 PM   
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Carol, some of the Knott's Dots are spaced the same as pleater needles. In any case, when you follow a smocking plate, you begin from the center (found by counting pleats) so the size of the pleat wouldn't matter. If you are new to smocking, I would recommend Martha Pullen's "The Joy of Smocking" or one of Ellen McCarn's excellent books, altho' I'm sure there are some You Tube videos that may be good, too. I surely hope you will soon be feeling better...the flu is no way to start a new year! I'm thinking of you and sending big hugs!

Barbara

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/4/2018 10:38:23 PM   
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Carol and any other aspiring smockers, I have a few sample pieces pleated up that I would be happy to send you at no cost. Then if you decide you want to smock and still aren't ready to purchase a pleater, you could buy a ready-to-smock garment or find a shop that offers pleating service.

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/5/2018 1:37:53 AM   
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Janice, you are such a generous and gracious person!! What a wonderful offer to aspiring smockers. We are so lucky you are a member of this forum and share so freely with us...your talents and ideas, and now your generosity. Thank you!

Barbara

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RE: Ode to Joy dress - 1/5/2018 8:41:54 PM   
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Aw, shucks, Barbara! Thanks for your very kind words. I get more from this forum than I give. I'm grateful for the ideas and inspiration so freely given here.

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