Baby Girl Dresses With Smocking

Betty asks…

Where can I get a tutorial on beginners smocking? I have been sewing for years but never tried smocking…?

I am confident in my ”intermediate” sewing skills…and have made plenty of little girls dresses. But Im interested in learning the ‘smocking‘ technique. My grandmother used to make the most beautiful smocked cotton baby dresses with picture smocking on the breast. If anyone has any tutorials or know where I can learn this technique itd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Adam answers:

You’re talking about this style, right? Http://www.smocking.org/correspondence_courses.php and not North American smocking:
http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/canadian.php
http://cherylwinslow.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/10/north-american.html

Here’s a beginner tutorial on English smocking:
http://www.smockingstore.com/how.html

I’d suggest seeing if there’s a chapter of SAGA (smocking.org) in your area; if not, I’d suggest Ellen McCarn’s book:
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22588843&referer=brief_results

Sandy asks…

How much money do you think I would get at Plato’s Closet?

I’m a 13 year old girl and I’m planning on going to Plato’s Closet soon so how much money do you think I would get from these things:

Dark Skinny Jeans- Hollister

Tan Cargo Pants- Abercrombie & Fitch

Grey Plaid Pants- Guess

Flare Blue Jeans- American Eagle

Aqua Flare Sweat Pants- Justice

Orange Plaid Bermuda Shorts- Xhilaration

Dark Blue Capris with White Hawaiin Flowers- Old Navy

Light Blue Tracksuit Hoodie with Short Puffed Sleeves- Limited Two

Dark Brown Baby Doll Top- Guess

Short Puffed Sleeved Hoodie with Flower Designs- Mossimo

Bermuda Shorts with Flower Designs- Mossimo

Red and White Flowery Tanktop- Xhilaration

White Smock Shirt- Hollister

White dress smocked on back- Limited Two

Blue and White 3/4 sleeve shirt- Billabong

White T-shirt with pink and silver writing- Limited Two

Green Long Sleeve Henley- Mossimo

Red Jacket- Old Navy

Small Brown Purse

Pink-rimmed Sunglasses

2 Belts
All of the clothes are gently used

Adam answers:

Alot of it depends on the quallity of the clothes, name brands help too..id guess around 50 to 60 maybe.

John asks…

How much money would i get from Plato’s Closet?

I’m a 13 year old girl and I’m planning on going to Plato’s Closet soon so how much money do you think I would get from these things:

Dark Skinny Jeans- Hollister

Tan Cargo Pants- Abercrombie & Fitch

Grey Plaid Pants- Guess

Flare Blue Jeans- American Eagle

Aqua Flare Sweat Pants- Justice

Orange Plaid Bermuda Shorts- Xhilaration

Dark Blue Capris with White Hawaiin Flowers- Old Navy

Light Blue Tracksuit Hoodie with Short Puffed Sleeves- Limited Two

Dark Brown Baby Doll Top- Guess

Short Puffed Sleeved Hoodie with Flower Designs- Mossimo

Bermuda Shorts with Flower Designs- Mossimo

Red and White Flowery Tanktop- Xhilaration

White Smock Shirt- Hollister

White dress smocked on back- Limited Two

Blue and White 3/4 sleeve shirt- Billabong

White T-shirt with pink and silver writing- Limited Two

Green Long Sleeve Henley- Mossimo

Red Jacket- Old Navy

Small Brown Purse

Pink-rimmed Sunglasses
All of the clothes are gently used

Adam answers:

It depends on your area, what the store you go to is looking for, and the style/age of the clothes you bring in. Don’t expect much. Look around your location and see what price they are selling things at. You get 3/4’s of the sale price.

They sell things very cheap, and you don’t get the whole amount. I sold American Eagle shoes, Banana Republic dress pants, a brand new PacSun dress w/tags, and a Target purse for $17. They also won’t take everything, so be warned don’t get embarrassed if they don’t take all of your stuff!

Michael asks…

Does this ghostly specter have any symbolization?

Last night I had a terrifying experience.
I was home alone when I heard a child (not my own) say, “Mommy”
I turned to see a ghostly figure of a small girl about 7 years old leaning in my open kitchen window. There are obstacles blocking the area right in front of the window, and she was standing through them.
She looked like a negative of a photographs, overly dark and pale. Her dress was old fashioned, white, with long sleeves and smocking. her hair was dark, and long and tangled. Her eyes were not there. It was like there was a shadow where her eyes should have been. I walked into the living room and a door swung open violently and a baby bottle in the sink flew out and smashed into the wall.
The girl walked across the balcony, and put her hands on the glass door and said ‘mommy” again. I shut the curtain, and then the faucets turned on.
I called a friend of mine who likes ghost hunting and he said, boy or girl, I said girl he said I had less to worry about then if I had a boy specter. I turned to see her standing outside my son’s room. I ran in there, (not through her, she’d gone by the time I reached the door,) grabbed my son and waited outside for my friend.
He walked in and said that is was very, very hot, which is was despite the air conditioning and fans,. We walked around, and didn’t see anything odd until we looked at the glass door. There were hand prints, not mine, not my son’s, and in his room, the dresser drawer was wide open and everything unfolded.
We poured some powder on the edge of the drawer, its still undisturbed, but I’ve seen her twice more now.
Could this girl symbolize something? I couldn’t get my buddy to really get into it, he just said that if it was a girl I was ok.
What would it have been if it was a boy?
I’m kind of freaked out.
How the hell do you know weather or not I’m a Christian?! My son and I are both baptized members of the Catholic church!
Just because I’m expeirencing something abnormal doesn’t mean I’m a terrible person with horns beneath my hat. it just means that it’s happening to me!
You relalize that the Catholic church has been performing exorcisms for centuries, right? Not that it will come to that, but the church does recognize the presence of other entities, or there would be not exorcisms and blessing rituals.

Adam answers:

Boys r not always worse than girls…it depends on y they r still on our plane of exsistnece….she could be the child of someone who lived in ur house before u….or she could very well be ur child from a previous life…try talking to her…it seems that she believes u r her mommy so completelt shutting her out will make things worse…as u saw when u shut the curtain and so forth….if she refuses to talk try playing with her…remeber she is a child so she will enjoy things a child does…but alos remember she is a spirit so she is capable of many things…u may be able to just ask her to leave…but if she feels it is her home or u r her mommy then she will probably refuse to leave in which case u have probably just adopted a spirit child….

And dont feel so bad i just recently moved and after about 3 days this child started playing with my daughters toys…and i have tried everythin he refuses to leave…but as long as i do not try to force him out he stays non harmfull…

Feel free to message me if u would like to talk about it…

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