8 Nov

Today I sewed the most adorable little smock in the world.  So adorable it actually had me contemplating having a 4th child just so that I would have someone to wear it.  Little kid’s clothing is so sweet and small and gives me pain in my heart that my little ones have grown so long and lanky.  It’s true what all those boring adults said to us as kids about time passing so quickly (while pinching our cheeks).  I mean, it’s November folks.  November!  Sinterklaas (very important day for every Dutch speaking kid on December 6th) and Christmas are just around the corner.  Which means 2013 is upon our heels as well.  Deep breath.

So as I was saying before having that little panic attack, I made a gorgeous little smock from an easy Danish pattern my friend found in Denmark (it helps my other friend is an amazing seamstress and teacher and managed to figure out the pattern even if it was in a foreign language).

I used a beautiful fabric from Petit Pan and some great polka dot bias that I found at an Amsterdam market a few weeks back.  Unfortunately I was short a bit so I had to use some yellow bias for the neckline and armholes but in the end I like all the different colours.

I added a little polka dotted pocket at the front so that the little one can store all of their favorite treasures found on their path.  Emptying my kids pockets is one of my favorite things to do.  The things you find tell so much about their day and their personalities.  There’s actually an amazing initiative by some Dutch ladies that revolve around taking photos of zakschatten (pocket treasures).  Pop over here to read all about it and see some great photos of kid’s pocket treasures.

I’m going to be honest.  I would put my kid in this as a real dress with a shirt and leggings underneath.  It’s too sweet to be just a smock.  You’ve got to love the Danish design and French fabric combination.  Now off to make 10 more of these!


12 Responses to “Smock”

  1. juliedekeyzer November 9, 2012 at 11:52 #

    Please, can I buy one for Rosalie? It is sooooooooo cute!!! If you sell them, please let me know, I really want to buy one!!

  2. Cath November 9, 2012 at 15:01 #

    Really cute! I wish I knew how to make things like this. My son needs a painting smock for school and all I have been able to give him is what he politely refers to as a “binbag”!

    • Deepa November 9, 2012 at 20:06 #

      Soooo adorable! *squee* All the different colors work so well together. Very bright and cheery. I want to know if you plan to sell them too!

    • Jillian in Italy November 9, 2012 at 22:13 #

      Cath, binbags are perfect for painting! I would never put this smock on a kid to paint! Petit Pan fabrics cost a fortune!!! You put this on after the painting is done for a good photo op!

      • Jillian in Italy November 9, 2012 at 22:14 #

        Deepa, send me your address when little mango is born. A smock will be on it’s way!

  3. Cath November 11, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Oh I agree – I wouldn’t make one in such a gorgeous fabric if it was for painting in!

  4. Nicola November 13, 2012 at 14:29 #

    I love this. I would dress my two year old in it for sure. I even used to buy French tabliers and have the girls wear them as dresses in the US. No one knew they were actually overalls! Petit Pan is ‘practically on my doorstep’ – thanks for the reminder to go check it out and thank you for your kind comments on my blog this morning. Your blog is gorgeous. Following you now.

    • Jillian in Italy November 14, 2012 at 13:08 #

      Petit Pan is practically on your doorstep? No!!! Where do you live, I’m coming! It’s quite pricey but so so lovely. Thanks for the visit!

  5. Deepa November 20, 2012 at 12:44 #

    Jillian, you are too kind. And I’m too charmed by this smock to even attempt a polite refusal! A big thank you from me and the little one 🙂

  6. petra November 20, 2012 at 19:27 #

    do you not have a bias tape maker by now? not that I am not absolutely loving the different bias – I would do that on purpose. But really Jill, you need one. now. before you get your goat.

    • Jillian in Italy November 20, 2012 at 21:18 #

      I know, I have to get one. I was talking about it to some sewing buddies just last week actually. It just seems like too much work though. It’s so easy to buy bias (the Petit Pan bias is adorbs). Hey, are you doing any sewing lately?

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