Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three Smocks

I found myself reaching for the same smock over and over. I found myself waiting at the dryer, popping it on warm and the right amount of wrinkly. It is my Goldilocks smock, just right.

And so I made three more. The oil lamp fabric hails from my Mom's stash, tucked in a trunk in the barn.

The hem is slightly curved in the front and the back.

The yoke provides an opportunity for a feature fabric. This one was clipped from a vintage apron.


This yoke is cut from a fat quarter I picked up on vacation in Maine. Sleeves rolled because that's the way I roll.

I try hard to not overthink when pairing fabrics. Some questions I ask myself: If someone else paired these fabrics would the combination make me smile? Is there an element of the unexpected? I love a surprise. Is there a story to the fabric or uncomplicated charm? I believe these are the design elements that help me to look like me: A little bit Becky Home Ec-ky, not ironically, but instead in reverence to her.

8 comments:

Sarah said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these smocks soooo much!

beckyinvt said...

Lovely! Is there any sort of closure, or do they just go on right over your head?

hivetender said...

What pattern is this top? Would love to make this cute top.

Ellen Mason said...

Thank you Sarah and Becky! They're very plain on the back, no closure. Loose enough to pop over my head, but trim enough to stay put on my shoulders.

Ellen Mason said...

Hello Hivetender, this is a self-drafted pattern. If I ever dive into sewing patternmaking, this will be where I start. I'm researching it now, but I'm not convinced yet it's the right avenue for me.

cal said...

you have outdone yourself. these combos make me smile!!! love every one.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Catching up on my blog reading and love everyhting here. The fabric combos are just exactly right. Becky Home-Ecky! snort :-)

Mary Lou said...

Sweet but not too "becky home-ec-y" Very funny. I might have to get out the sewing machine.