Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sew Beautiful #145

I have been waiting for the newest Sew Beautiful to be up on their web site before posting these pictures.  It is still not up but I will go ahead.........

This is my latest creation in the magazine. I absolutely love this photo!

If you have your issue, you may notice that the title of the design is different from this photo.  When I am creating a design I usually give it a working title (or two) so that when I am exchanging emails with the Sew Beautiful editor we are on the same page.  One dress a couple of years ago had the working title of "The miracle dress" because it was a miracle that it got finished.

The title "Plum Wonderful" got ditched after we realized it sounded like a dietary aide! :-)

This is the cover of SB #145.

Just to give you a little detail on my design process, These were two of my rough smocking designs.     Last summer when I was down at Huntsville for the Martha Pullen's school.  Kathy B and I  spent our lunch time doing a show and tell. 

I showed her my designs and she showed off new fabrics and ribbons.  That is when we realized that my bottom smocking design looked like some fabulous maroon ribbon that they had just purchased.  Kathy knows that I love all things maroon! Gig em Aggies :-)

 We put it all together to create this!


  1. Janet, I have the mag and this dress is fabulous. It definitely is "Plum Wonderful". I like your title better!

  2. Yep, I need to stitch up this dress!

  3. Oh, Janet, I love this dress! I sure hope your smocking plate is included in the magazine....!

  4. hi, janet, this is a very beautiful dress! love this dress! look so classy!

  5. Wow, 1st class dress, top!
    Kind regards,

  6. Janet, do you have a software package that you use to graph your smocking designs? I'm trying to create some of my own, but I want to graph them (in case I really do one that I like!). I'm still using the plate you did for the smocking challenge a while back. It's one of my favorites!

    Thank you for your time!

  7. Aunt Honey, I am glad you like my design. I use Adobe Illustrator for my smocking graphs. I love the program!

    A long time ago I used the SmockSoft program. It was too limiting( I kept wanting to put a trellis where it did not want me to) and did not work when I switched to a Mac. I paid less then $150 for the program. The price jumped 10 fold soon after I purchased the software. I thought it was overpriced for what I paid for it.

  8. Thanks, Janet. I'll check out Adobe Illustrator!

  9. This is so beautiful janet :)

  10. I absolutely LOVE this dress! It is beautiful!