There is a sweet baby out in California who celebrated her first birthday recently. I have not been fortunate enough to meet my new cousin in person, but her Mama is a woman that fits into a “bohemian chic” category. Both Mama and child dress fashionably and I thought a Swing Smock would fit right into the little’s wardrobe.
the pattern: Swing Smock from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing book
the fabric: Anna Maria Horner’s Slowdance in Golden from the Innocent Crush voile line. (I had a scrap just big enough leftover from a Flirting the Issue skirt. I love that skirt pattern.) Bias trim is a denim chambray.
the sewing: I made a bunch of these when Mira was little. It is a versatile piece that fits for a long time. The summer she turned one, the smock was a dress with a wool diaper cover. That winter she wore them over long sleeve tees and wool leggings. The next summer they were very short dresses until she potty learned and I paired it with shorts. This version is lined with a guaze cotton: I left off the bias around the outside opting to turn and topstitch instead. I added a little stamp to the lining to add a personal touch.
Pulling this pattern out inspired me to look back and see if I could find any photos of Mira in her smocks from my pre-blogging/must document everything days:
These were taken a few months before she turned two. This smock has an added pocket with an embroidered sun on the front. It was great for little treasures. I wish I knew what made her so upset below…. definitely not the great smock!