Smocked frocks

smocked_dress_styles_002.jpgI love the way trendy modern children dress — the layers, the leggings and the muted colors. They do look cool and even comfy most of the time, but I have to admit I’m a sucker for traditional pretty dresses. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s a time and place for everything, but nonetheless I always stop and look at the smocked traditional dresses that abound in the posh classic children’s stores in Milan. What usually stops me from buying them is their price –very high, especially if compared with the use you are going to get from them. Given our lifestyle and my daughter’s character she is more likely to be wearing a pair of denims on a regular day.
This was until I discovered Smocked Frocks, a one-woman British company, that makes the most adorable smocked traditional dresses and for a very reasonable price. Jill lives in Devon and loves sewing, and for the last 5 years her passion has become her job. She makes to order a great variety of dresses, mostly smocked but not exclusively. She can be contacted by phone or email and she will send you fabric swatches and a little catalogue that explains all the styles.
After the main characteristics of the dress have been picked you can discuss the details, sleeves, necklines and other finishing touches. She will also help you in pick the right style and size if you are not sure what might work best for your daughter.
As everything is made to order you should allow for 4 weeks for your dress to be ready, but if you are in a hurry you might be lucky and find something suitable among the dresses she has in stock, which she sells at a slightly reduced price.
Jill makes all her dresses using fine-quality American cotton and all garments are finished with French seams, generous hems and hand-smocked toning silks.
Can’t wait to see my daughter running around in her smocked dress; she may even play the part and act more ladylike!

-Michela

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1. Esther | March 19, 2009 | Reply

I really LOVE these. Will HAVE to order one for Sara, I just love little girls in white smock dresses, running through a field of flowers, barefeet… You get the jist.

2. Heather Whyley | March 19, 2009 | Reply

I love Jill’s dresses. She made my daughter’s christening gown that was just divine, better than anything shop bought. I have just received the most adorable cord pinafore & Liberty print blouse and I’m especially in love with the smocked pyjamas. I agree, I love my daughter in her relaxed modern clothes but you can’t beat a traditional dress.

3. Anna-Aliza | March 19, 2009 | Reply

how great! they remind me of my Laura Ashley dresses i wore as a child. I might have to get one for my daughter since my Mum will be in London next month.

4. beverley miller | March 20, 2009 | Reply

jill is one of the most fantastic smockers i have ever come across she has made my sons socked suits and rompers for him which he looks adorable in and they wash like ribbons! i am expecting my second son in june and the suits that jill made for my first born are still in superb condition (even though we will be ordering more!) jill always keeps in touch by sending friendly emails and she is always up for a challenge. her materials are always top of the range and she sends me samples off different ones she comes across when she is out shopping which are always suitable. i am grateful to jill for all her help and the wonderful skill she has i would recommend her to anyone.

5. Courtney | March 20, 2009 | Reply

Such sweet little dresses!
If this baby is a girl, we’re in deep (financial) trouble… :)

6. Michela | March 20, 2009 | Reply

oh yes you would be in financial trouble!

7. Anna-Aliza | March 23, 2009 | Reply

I ordered a dress and it’s been lovely working with Jill.
I can’t wait to receive it!

Courtney- i didn’t realize you didn’t know what you are having. you will most definitely be in big trouble! :)

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