Snow and Smocking
The reason my blog has sat idle since Saturday? Smocking. I LOVE it. I practiced putting fabric through my pleater several times. The instructions clearly state that if you mess up do NOT try and turn the knob backwards because needles will break. Instead you have to continue putting all the fabric through. Still, when I messed up at first I could not stop myself from turning the knob backwards. It was just like an instinct. A needle did break. So I learned how to both replace needles and ignore my brain when it screams "you made a mistake! Back up! Back up!"
Anyway, the pleating is only the first part. The smocking is the fun part! I'm working on Sadie's Easter dress. Time just flies when I am working on it, I have put several hours in every day. I will probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. I now know why they call it heirloom sewing. When you put this much time into making something, they better cherish it and pass it on. Or else.