I could have cut the bodice and skirt as one piece and used the smocking as the gathering stitches for the skirt, but honeycomb smocking only requires 2 times the finished width and I would like the skirt to be more full than that.
I’m using the same basic technique shown at this link, except for that I’m leaving the diagonal threads between stitches showing on top instead of hiding them underneath. Also I’m using the checks of the gingham as my guide instead of drawing dots onto the fabric.
I’m using a #7 darner (also known as an embroidery needle) with two strands of stripped embroidery floss. I cut my lengths of floss quite long because it gets used up fairly quickly with this technique.
Somewhere I have a couple of pieces made by my grandma Grace (my mom’s mother) using this technique–one was on gingham, and another on an even polka-dot fabric. I should find them and take some pictures. (Well, and I should also sew them into dresses or tops while I still have a little one they would fit.)