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Vintage Mondays Part Deux: Rocking the Smocking


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Smocking simply amazes me.  Hundreds and hundreds of little pleats held together by the tiniest stitches have the ability to transform a dress into a piece of art.  It is one those fabric arts that bends my mind worse than calculus.  Oof!

I bow to the crafty awesomeness of people who still hand-smock. If you are one of those people, you might be interested in this vintage pattern sold by Etsy seller, Anne’s Attic.

Just looking at it makes my hands and eyes hurt. But it would be worth it to turn out something that it looks like it was nicked from Sally Draper’s closet!

But for the rest of us, there are other plenty of hand-smocked dresses available for the well-turned out little girl.  I have a particular weak spot for Polly Flinders, a dress company that sold simply gorgeous hand-smocked dresses out of Sears in the sixties and seventies. But word to the wise: Polly Flinders dresses do run small, so I recommend buying up a size or two. In fact that’s a good rule of thumb in buying vintage children’s clothing in general.

Care for a little lace with your smocking? Don’t mind if I do! Thanks, Etsy seller, Tigerluxe for offering this delightful Polly Flinders lavender dream of a dress.

You can tell this Polly Flinders dress from Etsy seller, sosovintage is so so seventies with that great  high collar.

You know how I love ricrac right? Well, color me SOLD on this vintage Polly Flinders dress with the ricrac edging from Grammie’s Attic.

Grammie’s Attic has a great selection of vintage Polly Flinders including this peach of a dress with full smocking. I dig what your finding up there, Grammie!

Etsy seller Flaming June Vintage (great name, BTW) is selling this adorable Polly Flinders pale yellow dress with flowers for a PITTANCE–$10!  Ten clams for hand-smocked vintage beauty. That is just bananas!

I think Polly Flinder dresses are particularly perfect for Easter or birthday parties. Speaking of parties, I better get to planning the Peach’s first one!

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  1. marla smith says

    Stella wore quite a few of my smocked dresses from the 70s her first year… I just wished my mom kept more. Those are all to die for! Going to check out the stores now!

    • GWEN O'DONNELL RYAN says

      what stores did you find the smocked dresses in .. POLLY FLINDERS’ 1970’s
      for sure … loved shopping for POLLY FLINDERS DRESSES..
      beautiful but can’t find them in any stores now.. WHY?
      GOSH..

  2. heather says

    oh how i love polly flinders. pippi has one of mine from the 70’s that i will never part with

  3. Dottie says

    Heather–that is so great that your mom kept yours! How lucky Pippi is to wear it! And I hear you Marla–my Mom didn’t keep any of my clothes and it KILLS me! Well, I guess that’s what eBay is for! Hee hee!

    What get’s me is that these dresses are pretty affordable on eBay. Cheaper than buying anything hand-smocked new at a store!

  4. Melinda says

    I still remember my mom driving to a fancy kid’s store in Manchester (or was it Boston?) to buy our Polly Flinder’s….and new Mary Jane’s of course. We went to the Ground Round for lunch after. C’est magnifique!

  5. Vikki Schepis says

    Lovely smocked dress. I’ve been searching for some ideas for my upcoming smocked dress project and this is just wonderful!

  6. Debbie smith says

    I bought these type of dresses when my daughter was young. I saved them but now I would like to purchase some at a good price in size 5 or 6. My grandaughter is 2 1/2 but I buy ahead. Contact me if u no of any good buys. Thanks.

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