Christmas Holly Smocked Dress
My 2022 Christmas Collection will be make to order and posted within 8 weeks. This is a Limited Edition and will run only until fabric runs out. All dresses/rompers are made from the same high quality European batiste, and smocking will be in white with a striking hand-stitched holly design featuring beading and embroidery. You are welcome to email me at thistleandtig.co.nz if you have any other preference for the smocking/beading design or colour - I'll try to incorporate all of your wishes to make this a truly personalised garment.
Smocked Dresses by Thistle & Tig are made with love - each garment involves hours of care, attention to detail and high quality finishing including hand stitching. Top quality fabrics are sourced in small quantities to make these dresses true 'one of a kind' pieces.
Sizes are generous. Your little one could possibly wear one of these for up to 12 months or longer. The ribbons at the back are not only a feature, but can be used to make a generous sized dress fit neat and tidy.
What is smocking? Smocking is a technique where fabric is pleated and then embroidered across the top to give it stretch. Smocking was used before elastic was invented. Over time, the embroidery done over the top has become more aesthetically pleasing and developed into a real art form.
Is all the smocking done by hand? Yes, after pleating the fabric using a smocking pleater, all the embroidery is done by hand. It takes hours!
How do you care for a smocked garment? While handwashing is always preferred, garments can be machine washed if they are not put in with other clothes that have zips or hooks that could snag the embroidery.
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