An autumn smock

home sewn toddler smock dress in grey cotton with contrast buttons

A little grey cotton smock dress with big pockets, lots of volume and contrast buttons dreamt up for S. With autumn upon us and S having grown out of nearly all her clothes I started sketching some ideas. Repeated blog posts make my love of dungarees/rompers/jumpsuits fairly obvious but with her 2nd birthday approaching I’ve got half an eye on potty training so smock dresses, tunics and separates seem like a more sensible choice at the moment. I really liked the idea of deep pockets that went all the way round the side panel, and S seems to like them too, but I imagine I’ll be cursing myself every time I forget to empty the tissue/half-eaten biscuit/conker out before I put it through the wash.

tunicsketch

The original design looked good on paper but was just too wide and didn’t hang right so I re-drafted the pattern with a more classic sleeve construction and it worked out fine.

home sewn toddler smock dress in grey cotton with contrast buttons

I imagined it styled like this: with a little infinity scarf/snood made from material left over from H’s jumpsuit, bright tights and turned up sleeves.

home sewn toddler smock dress in grey cotton with contrast buttons

S did not share this vision. She looked at my scarf like it was the devil’s work and put on a pair of red crocs. Oh well, a delighted H snatched the scarf for herself and S pottered out into the garden happily, looking for sticks/stones/anything dirty to stash in her pockets.

home sewn toddler smock dress in grey cotton with contrast buttons

12 thoughts on “An autumn smock

  1. This is lovely. Please share the smock pattern. I have just downloaded your dungaree pattern. Wish me luck!

    1. Thanks – if only there were more hours in the day, and then I could find the time to draw up patterns properly.

      I hope the dungarees work out – just remember to add seam allowance – and do send me a picture when they’re finished.

  2. Gahhh another one I love! Are you able to send me the pattern, or sell me it? So in love! You are very talented. x

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