Gathering Threads

Monkeying Around Smocking Plate

Posted by on Apr 03 2011, in magazine article, Smocking, Smocking Plates

My “Monkeying Around” dress was published in the latest issue of SAGA News. I wrote about it last summer, when I was hmming and hawing over whether or not to correct the ripply binding. (I ultimately did, btw)

Here are a few snapshots of the dress, pre-corrections.

Monkey Dress

It looks really cute on the cover and the little girl they found to model it was totally working the twirly skirt.   That’s the beauty of the circular skirt, eh?  Everyone keeps asking me she’s mine.  Nope.  Two brunettes, and both boys, in my house.   My smocking’s generally of the vicarious sort.   I just borrow them for photoshoots then I get all the fun of dressing them with none of the responsibilities of raising them 🙂

Picture Smocked insert

Unfortunately, somehow or another, between the editor and the printer and me, the monkey lost his hat, at least on the smocking plate that accompanies the article.   I suspect the hat has gone to join the other sock that disappeared after it was put in the dryer.  Regardless of where it ended up, I wanted to post the corrected plate so that if you want to smock it as I did, you’ll be able to.   Click here to download the corrected plate.

As always, you are free to share the link to this project with sewing friends and use it for personal or charity sewing. Please credit my website and don’t repost or resell the plate or instructions on your own site.  Enjoy!


  • This was adorable!! I was shouting when I got my mag. and telling my husband…”I KNOW her!” He was, of course, very impressed. 🙂 I didn’t look closely at the smocking plate to see the hat was missing though! That’s too bad. Thanks for the corrected plate. You are sooo creative! And I can’t wait to make one like this!