Ever the traditionalists we love a smocked dress here at Spoiled Rotten Childrenswear and we think UK brands like Sarah Louise & Pretty Originals hit the nail on the smocked dress head when it comes to dressing your little princess (Not to mention the girls frilly pants, frilly socks, headbands & girls cardigans you can add to finish off a full smocked dress look!)
Smocked clothing has been around for a fair while and was developed in England as an embroidery technique used to gather fabric to give it a bit of stretch as before elastic was invented it was commonly used in cuffs, bodices and necklines.
Now we all remember or have the photos burned into our memories of large smocked bodices with huge embroidered collars from the 70s & 80s usually in an very interesting brown floral fabric however smocked dresses have came a long way since we were made to stand in front of the fire place with your siblings for the annual family photo. Companies such as Sarah Louise still make exquisite dresses with hand embroidery and hand smocking however now-a-days they are in gorgeous pinks, pale lemons and soft blues made from fine cotton and delicate voile perfect for this time of year when weddings, christenings and Summer parties are in full swing!
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