Today a friend came over for a smocking lesson. It was her second lesson, so I pleated 2 garment fronts for her, as she had purchased 2 different fabrics, being unable to decide between them, something I understand completely! She had picked out the pattern "Busy beez" from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Issue 78 from the beginner - suitable patterns I had suggested, and as I had not used this pattern before I also pleated a couple of remnants that I thought would make suitable tops for me to make for my nieces. There is only a very small amount of smocking in the middle of the garment front, so they should be very quick to make as gifts.
Whilst I was searching through my fabrics I came up with this piece of psuedo gingham that I bought about 10 years ago, and my younger daughter claimed it. She felt that I should make a "Busy beez" for her. As she is 11, and the pattern is size 12months to 3 years, we discussed the issue, and came up with this nightie as a compromise. I have smocked it with a simple wave and cable design.