So this one was a big ole' miss. Looking at the photo, I know it doesn't look that horrid, awful bad. You'll just have to take my word for it that it was. Truly - Not good.
I had attempted to make the Mendocino Sundress for myself (out of the Far, Far Away unicorn fabric). The 'smocking' (though, I think technically it's shirring, right? or maybe, mock-smock? I like that.) was super easy to do with elastic thread (my first time. I think I might be a convert, as I've just purchased a big cone of such thread). And the way the pattern is written out is super clear and helpful. I've concluded that the problem lies not in the fabric or the pattern. I think it may just be that shirring was never intended for a fourth-time breastfeeding-endowed Mama. Ahem.
Adelaide is very happy to have this little hand-me-down of sorts. (Though, she did remind me about the purple, and I'll tell you and she both that the purple is COMING SOON!)
In the end, there was a bit leftover - enough to make Mama at least a head scarf (number seven of the summer, but who's counting?). It's not exactly the cute summer dress for myself I had envisioned, but that's cool. A golden yellow unicorn on my head isn't such a bad consolation prize.