by Sela

I am trying to decide whether to buy my girls' smocked baby Christmas dresses or to make them myself. The smocked Christmas dress in the picture is precious and not that expensive if you could get it for $37 like the winning bidder did. And the smocking pattern across the collar of Santa Claus, his sleigh and Rudolph the red nose reindeer is so cute!

santa claus sleigh baby girl christmas dress hand smocking pattern smocked


I'm just not sure what I want for my baby and her big sister. Smocking patterns of teddy bears, holly leaves and Christmas trees would work. But I would rather have non-seasonal design that could be worn for the holidays and beyond if possible.

Is it worth it to make smocked baby Christmas dresses or should I just buy one? How long does it take to make a dress and a romper that has been hand smocked? Could someone please tell me if making my own would be too much?

From the webmaster:

hand smocked blue green holly ivy berries smocking baby girls christmas dress

I will leave it to those that know smocking patterns to answer how long it would take to hand smock a wardrobe of Christmas baby clothes, but one thing that I notice is that the smocked baby Christmas dress that you sent as an example is for a toddler not a newborn.

For all that work the price you mentioned seemed cheap to me but I took a look and found this (used) navy blue and holly green plaid smocked Christmas dress that sold for approximately $9 which was even less expensive. Plus, it was closer to the style that you say you want.

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