Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Smocking Convention Tibits

Smocking for Adults!
If my history serves me correctly, smocking started out as embellishment for the common workman's clothing. Mainly the over clothes used to protect his better clothing underneath and it was smocked to give it an ease. Then ladies began to smock their aprons and pinafores. Then children's, and so on. A master or wealthier shepherd, might have a smock to work in and a fancier smock for formal attire. Then smocking became more of a leisure art and a way to make a living. Worn by those who could afford it, or children who have talented mothers or grandmothers. Or, again, someone in the family who could afford it.

Well now it is becoming popular with adults again!

As I shared with you on my blog yesterday, my roommate at convention was Maja Clayton of Maja's Heirlooms. She designs beautiful children's clothing patterns of both classic and modern styles for the Heirloom and Smocking world. Below is a photo of her first adult pattern!

This is the adult version of the Elsa. It is an empire (are we still using that term?) bodice with smocking pleats across the bustline. Maja only smocked above and below the bustline. She added swiss embrodiered lace on the trim below the waste. It is a very nice pattern. My guild plans on making it as a program. I believe Maja used Amy Butler fabric in this piece, but someone, please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

The Elsa can be made as a top, a dress or a tunic to be worn over leggings.

Here is a close up of the band between the smocking and the bottom of the top.

Maja Modeling the Adult Elsa.
This blouse is back smocked just above and just below the bustline

Back view. (You can tell I did not think this out well.....)
An elastic casing is in the back to give ease.

Another view of the adult Elsa top worn by Maja, in a PortabellaPixie (Sandi Henderson) print marketed by Micheal Miller. This is one of the sleeve treatments Maja likes to use on the blouse. It has 'give' without being so full.

Here are several of Maja's outfits for children. The Pink and Brown is one of my favorites. It has an insert with a Frances Masina (sp?) Jones design smocked on it. I have that plate. Later on I will go look it up and correct this and give the name of the plate. I know some readers will ask.

The outfit worn by the maniquin in the back is Christi. Cute cute cute! And yes, Maja knows she needs to come out with an Adult version. This version of the Christi is the "winter/Christmas version". Change out the pants and you have a spring summer version. Cool huh?!? Hey make the most of the smocking while they can wear it.

"My Hope is Not in This World... or in thread or fabric or in..."

On Friday we have Market. Maja goes out to her van to take to the loading dock and find herself one of those 'Trolly Guys' (our term for Bell Hop) and this is what she finds.

Yes, her van has been broken into.

And though at first, she seemed a little stressed, she ate lunch. She has a really sweet spirit, b/c she took it a lot better than I would have. A true testimony to her Savior. Most people would have called it quits. But not Maja. She got her police report. Knew God had a plan for all of this. Stayed calm. Stated several times that (and I am sure we all would agree with her) she would not want to trade places with the person/people who broke into her van and stold her Ready to Smocks.

The bugurlars had really dirty hands. They left smudgy prints everywhere. Probably nothing that the sweet police officer could use. He said the prints were pretty smudgy. I felt like a CSI. He posed for me.

Isn't he cute? So nice, and sweet. No visible tatoos or body percings either. Very respectful to both Maja and me. The kind of guy your would want your DD to meet. ;-) Maja has a DD old enough... My only DD is only 10. I would have to wait a few years before I bring home a guy like that for her to meet. Since I did not get his permission to publish his photo.... it is a tad dark and a bit cut off.... on purpose. But you can tell he is a cutie.

All the burgulars took were about 2/3's of the 'Ready to Smocks' that Maja had made. They were out of Amy Butler and Sandi Henderson fabrics. Really fun today funky fabrics.

If they needed them and had asked her for them, she would have given the clothing to them. Smocked first of course. The officer believes the clothing will show up in the homeless district. Perhaps on a child, unsmocked with all the pleater threads showing and tied off.

Because of the way the van was positioned, etc, they did not have time to get inside to get much. They were either scared off or something. And we knew they had to be men b/c they left several bags of chocolates sitting right there.

There was messy glass everywhere.

They did leave the Maniquins! The left the Chocolate (that's how Maja and I know it was a man/men), they left patterns, store fixtures, Ginger Blousom Snippits kits, etc. Just took some ready to smocks and really messed up a window. And FABRIC! She had plenty to sell at market.

But as Maja testified "We live in a fallen world and my hope is not here, but in my Savior."
What a lady!


Martha said...

OMG I never heard about it. How scary and what a calm person. I would have imploded. Prayers of thanksgiving that more wasn't damaged.

Smilingsal said...

I'm all ready to leave a comment about how beautiful the smocking is and thank you for the history of it, and then...I'm shocked at this horrible thing that happened. I'm glad that everyone is safe and unhurt.

Shelia said...

Good morning! Oh, what a terrible order but it seems your friend was a very strong gal! So glad none of you were there to get hurt! She is very good at this smocking. It reminds me of the little baby things of quite a few years ago, well, when I was a baby!! lol
Be a sweetie and thanks for visiting,
Shelia ;)

Manuela said...

That's terrible but your friend handled the whole thing so well. Yes, I wouldn't want to be the people who did this!


Darlene said...

OMGosh, that is so sad that her van was broken into and her clothing stolen! PITIFUL!

Her smocked top for grown ups looks really cute...I LOVE it on her!!!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Missy,

Thanks for the personal and up-close snippet on Maja! Indeed, what a testimony!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Melissa, what an awful thing to happen, but glad it wasn't worse.

Hold onto that candle for me & hopefully we'll meet up soon & I can get it. Thanks a bunch!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Missy,

Thanks for your kind comment on my new quilting stitch. I do all my quilting free-motion on my home machine (short arm).

Have a great night! :)

Robin Hart said...

I never knew.... she seemed so calm at market. And here I stood and talked to you for a few while we were there... :) I need to sew my stuff up as that certain little girl loves the fabric.

Robin Hart said...

I never knew.... she seemed so calm at market. And here I stood and talked to you for a few while we were there... :) I need to sew my stuff up as that certain little girl loves the fabric.

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