Babies look very cute in whatever way they are dressed, and if the dress is smocked, they dresses baby even cuter. Smocking is a type of embroidery where elastic is fitted in and the material gathered up. Smocking is used instead of buttons and fasteners. The advantage of smocking is that it stretches according to the babies size and therefore will last longer and is ideal for growing babies. Thus mothers would be spending less on clothes if they go in for smocked babies dresses.
Baby girl dresses cling to the babies body and hence keep them comfortable giving them no hindrance in their movement and they can twist and turn and have fun. It is a style than can be done on either dresses or even pants and therefore have become the favorite of parents. They are however a bit more expensive than other simple clothes for the simple reason that they are manually tailored and it takes more time to work upon them. It takes nimble soft hands and a lot of patience to complete smocked dresses owing to their small size.
It has to be noted that all fabrics are not suitable for smocking. Cotton would be the ideal fabric or it could be a mix of cotton and polyester. The material has to be a bit stiff for it to hold the smocking embroidery. Soft cloth like silk or georgettes or soft and drooping fabrics would be unsuitable for having the smocking done.
Mothers who like to stitch the baby girl dress themselves would enjoy doing the smocking on their favorite colors and materials. Different patterns can be obtained from books or from the internet and with a little bit of practice mothers could turn it into a most enjoyable and satisfying experience.
Smocking never goes out of fashion and has stood the test of time for long. Even today it is a very popular form of dress and shops stock baby girl dress in large numbers to cash in on their popularity.