I can post this (and a few more too!) now that Christmas is over , but I did the work in late November The fabric is Morris Meadows that I bought from Country Bumpkin when it was on special. I bought two different colours - Veronica's will be posted in a day or two.
I used my old favourite pattern from AS&E 71 but joined the skirt back and front into one piece to pleat. I would rather smock the whole than join two smocked pieces.
I also wanted to work out a smocking design to fit the fabric, so chose my thread colours then worked it out as I went along.
The only tricky bit was achieving some filled diamonds in gold in the centre of the panel.
It is much less work to smock lines from one side to the other!
I was pleased with the result, however.
I wanted to maximise the length for this one, as Niamh is tallish, so bound the hem with some gold bias binding that Helen at Hetty's Patch helped me find.
A blue Tshirt completed the outfit.
This was a hit on Christmas Day as you can see from the photos, however blurry!