Recently, I ordered Weekend Sewing, by Heather Ross. I LURVE IT! It is full of fun and simple projects, including directions for making a smocked dress. My mom was out of town, so having the directions in the book was very helpful.
Sewing the elastic on. I wound it on the bobbin, by hand. Worked great! Drawing the lines on the fabric is a MUST.
My beautiful model! I did add an appliqued bird on the front, but that pic is stuck on my phone ;).
Sweet shoulder straps.
I'm considering posting a full tutorial on smocking a dress, or even a shirt. Humm...