Friday, September 24, 2010



Today I'm sharing a "Smocking Pink" Post.

I found this lovely little pink gingham apron at a local thrift store.  The waistband of the apron has been smocked.  Instead of a grid of dots, the maker used the squares of the gingham as her smocking guide.

When the waistband was smocked, larger pink squares were created.  Isn't this a beautiful smocked waistband?  Smocking is defined as a method of gathering fabric and you can see the gathering in this photo.
I found it interesting that the pocket on this apron was placed on the outer edge.  Not sure it is practical to have it there.  I love the hemline of the apron.

More vintage smocking
I found these vintage patterns for smocked pillow covers.  The McCall's pattern is dated 1962 and the Simplicity 1963.  I've never attempted smocking but I may try making one of these beauties one day.

Thanks for visiting my blog on Pink Saturday.  Stop by Beverly's How Sweet the Sound for a list of other participants.


Anonymous said...

Pam the apron is darling!! I do love those charming pillows too!! I had a vintage pillow with that pretty smoking on it and just loved it (finally wore out!)

bee blessed

Linda said...

So pretty! I had a couple of smocked dresses as a girl, and those still remain in my memory! I also saved an adorable little vintage floral smocked dress that my daughter wore as a baby 26 years ago...so charming!

Suzie Button said...

Hi Pam, I've always wanted to try smocking, and never have. it seems difficult to me just by looking at it! I love the apron, though I agree, the pocket is a little strangely placed! Happy PS! Suzie

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Pam,

80's are our night time temps and feel so much better than the 100 something we are still having every day. Most evenings seem to bring humidity and that's not so comfortable.

What a sweet pink apron. Have fun attempting smocking. I still want to try embroidery as I haven't done any since I was about 12. So much I want to make and try and do but never enough time for it all.

I love your Fall vignette on the dining table. Those leaves that you made are incredible! You always create the most beautiful crafts. Love seeing all that you are up to.

Hope you are having an extra special Saturday. Best wishes, Tammy

Julie said...

That apron is so cute! Pink checked gingham reminds me of my childhood. Thanks fo the fun memory!!! Happy Pink Saturday.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Cute apron, but what really caught my eye was the round pillow on the pattern. When I was a little girl, I had a hot pink velvet one on my bed that my Grandma made for me. Wish I still had it!

NanE said...

Hi Pam, happy Pink Saturday! Wow, I love that apron, how, pretty. The patterns are great too. I'm dating myself but I remember those. Have a great weekend, Nan

Something Special said...

I love vintage smocking. I have done some of that connect the dots that you iron on stuff. Really cool apron!

A Garden of Threads said...

What a lovely apron, the smocking looks great. I have never smocked anything, but have heard it is not hard. Happy Pink Saturday.

Donnie said...

So lovely. thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday.

Grace said...

What a lovely lobvely apron! I love the pattern, what a treasure. Happy Pink Saturday. Grace xoxo

Sherrie said...

Oh my gosh. I love it. That apron is so adorable. My daughter had some precious little smocked dresses when she was a baby. I wanted to keep them all but only chose a few to pack away. I wished I had the patience to smock (and the talent). I would have been thrilled to have found that apron. Thank you for sharing and visiting. happy PS.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Ooooohhhhh that apron is gorgeous and I am not even an apron lover, ha!

Happy PS,

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...


You always find the nicest things at thrift stores! Love the title of your post "Smocking Pink"! LOL

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Oops, I meant "Smockingly Pink!" LOL

Nanna said...

I love smocking, it is one of the many new projects to learn in my future as soon as time allows, LOL love the apron, great find!

A Hopeful Heart said...

Thanks for visiting on Pink Saturday. It's so nice to meet you.

Oh, that apron is lovely. Of course, any apron in pink is bound to be lovely...but I DO love the smocking. I LOVE wearing an apron. Although I mostly wear full aprons, because they are more practical for me, I have a simply stunning half apron that I won in a giveaway a few months ago.

Have a lovely day,