Miss Gioia

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Little Smocked Dresses

I have a real soft spot for smocked dresses on little girls. Perhaps it comes from growing up in the Southern United States, where nice clothing is expected every now and then. Or maybe it is because I spent six weeks in Ecuador one college summer observing women working in a smocking factory. Either way, the delicate embroidery on children's clothes makes me feel that all is right with the world.

I can smock, but I have not had much time lately. The last project I did was the flower girl dresses for my brother's wedding. That was in 2005, and my plans to get out the pleater since then have not yet worked out. So when I saw these incredible smocked dresses for sale in Vietnam, I snatched up eight of them. Yes, eight. But they were very reasonable! The cheapest dresses were US$7.50 and the most expensive (made of a fine cotton batiste) was $30.
Who could have resisted?

I also picked up some appliqued t-shirts for US$6 each. Isn't this one wonderful?

So now Miss G has pretty little dresses waiting in her closet. We'll have to go back, though, so that we can restock once she outgrows these. No, I am not kidding.

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Anonymous Amy in Beijing said...

So the dresses and the applique - are they just there at any good market? Or are they at a special hidden wonderful market? And no, I am not kidding! We hope to get there from KL!

May 10, 2007 7:51 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I got the two seersucker dresses at the big, touristy market in Saigon (US$7.50 each). The others mainly came from a lovely store called Thanh Thuy on 230 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1, HCMC. That store is an absolute must. You are going to love living in KL and visiting all of these nice shopping cities.

May 10, 2007 8:25 PM  

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