I'm glad to hear this little memory trip hits a cord with a number of you. For those of you who are interested, here are a few more pictures of me wearing clothing that was smocked.
I especially liked blouses. The red gingham one is in the book I wrote about in the last post, as is the cocktail dress. The one pictured on the right is a gauze fabric smocked with a white cotton twist thread. I think it was crochet yarn. The one below is made of heavy cotton muslin and smocked with cotton floss.
I left the partial newspaper article in the scan out of our family scrapbooks. Click on it and enlarge if you'd like to read a bit more about what I was doing and saying about smocking back then.
The stitching instruction for the design on this peasant blouse was published so others could make it, too.
I liked to tuck those blouses in rather than wearing them loose. My trick was to tuck all that fullness into the top of my pantyhose for a sleek look. Mmmmm ... where would all that fullness hide in today's under garments?
I also liked sundresses and am glad I wore them when I could. Back then I never dreamed the toll that time would take on an aging body.
And lastly, I thought you may like to see the back of this dress as well as the hood. The fabric is a pale green slubbed cotton and the smocking was stitched with Danish Flower Thread.
Ethnic clothing is making a comeback. I see so many garments in the ads and catalogs that I would've worn "back when". I still have most all those garments. Think I may dig them out of storage to see if any of the young women in my family are interested in giving them another "go around".