Especially Smocked Children’s Fashions

Children’s fashions are not an easy task. There are trends emerging each season. The seasons are Spring and Fall-Holiday and the collections differ greatly. Fall and Holiday dresses usually are produced at the same time. Christmas dresses are a very popular item and so are Easter dresses. These two holiday seasons pretty much keep the children’s boutique clothing stores in business. There are lots of specialty occasions things also like christening, baby shower gifts and birthday outfits. This is the most difficult clientele and niche in its category. With competitive marketing strategies and a well aware buyer status, the manufacturers are proactive in their ability to create newer comfortable solutions in dresses.

There is a large demand for boys specialty clothing items. People complain and ask why children’s boutique stores don’t carry more boys clothing. Boys clothing is very hard to find. The reason for this is simply that boys clothing are just as difficult or more difficult to produce than girls clothing. People just are not willing to pay the same price for boys clothes as they are for the cute little girly things. There is a large demand for smocked Easter dresses for kids and also ones that have special messages like picture smocking with birthday cakes or birthday balloons and party hats. New born and infants clothing is in very high demand in these tough economic times. There will always be a need for clothes for new born babies. Peruvian cotton layette clothing for infants is of very much interest. Lines like Sweet Cheeks have matching blankets, bibs, hats, sleepers, onsies, rompers, dresses and leggings all in matching fabrics that can be displayed for customers in boutique stores. These make a very lovely display and customers seem to love these for baby shower gifts and just special things that grandma likes to buy. Applique clothing items such as jumpers and jon jons are very popular children’s clothing item.

Many years ago, mostly children of royalty wore this kind of clothing. Smocking is an ancient art which originated in England and was most popular during the thirteen and fourteen hundreds. Smocking is an exquisite art and is a kind of embroidery. It is mostly used in children’s clothing but is used somewhat in ladies blouses and night wear. Martha Pullen and Children’s Corner patterns has made smocking very popular for stay at home moms to do sewing for their children. Smocked dresses are available in jumpers for casual wear. In recent years, it has become popular to cut a square from the center front of a tee shirt and insert a square about 6 inches square in the center of the shirt to make a cute playful capri or pant set. Smocking patterns is all about threads. Mostly cotton thread is used. The design can vary according to the number of threads that are used to smock. The smocked dress can be done in lots of different patterns. The round yoke dress is called a bishop dress. Some dresses are smocked to the waist in a bodice pattern. Lots of sundresses are made with smocking designs. Sometimes white inserts are used in a color fabric and something called picture smocking is inserted to form a lovely picture such as santa for Christmas or bunny rabbits for Easter. Lots of different smocked clothing is enjoyed by children all over the world.

If you think your child should look like a little princess, then smocking is certainly something that you may want to consider. Lots of pieces of smocked clothing become heirloom clothing items. There are multiple companies producing handmade smocked children’s clothing. One outstanding smocked line is Bow Peep. Bow Peep is a handmade smocked dress line that has been in the United States for 16 years. Bow Peep clothing is manufactured in Central America by some of the most talented crafts people in the world. The native ladies there love doing this kind of work. They teach their young daughters at a young age to do the handmade smocking. They start them out doing what is called back smocking. This is the stitching that is done on the back of the design that causes the design to hold its shape. I was amazed to know that the 50 women that do the smocking for Bow Peep can produce about 200 smocked designs per day. That is an average of 4 dresses per day. That is pretty amazing as I have done some smocking myself and it would take me much longer.

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