My sweet friend Leisa of Deer Hollow has an authentic pleater machine.
Smocking began in England around the 13th or 14th century. But it wasn't until about 1940 that the pleater was invented...eliminating the tedious process of making row after row of pleats.
After MANY, MANY hours of smocking, it was time to block and steam the bodice. I've always enjoyed handwork in various needle arts, and this was so satisfying...I'm addicted.
And to finish it off...some tiny beading.
Yards of exquisite lace, entredeux, and silk ribbon....
Only the very best for Olivia!