WHAT MAKES OUR SMOCKED DRESSES SO SPECIAL?

 

It is in the love put into each design and care for details that our dresses stand out ! Passionate about our know-how and wishing to provide the very best for your princesses, we pay attention to each and every single step of creation, from the design to the very last stitch. As Leonardo da Vinci said Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.

Details - handmade dress

Limited editions

To make each child feel unique and add a precious feel to your special moments, we have made the choice of creating very limited editions. We make one dress per size and never restock our designs. The idea is to offer you exclusive, one of a kind designs to treasure and cherish.
When we fall in love with a rare fabric, we sometimes make absolutely unique pieces. Quality and beauty come very first! 
Sold exclusively in our unique Parisian boutique and through our online e-shop, you can be sure that your little one will not be dressed like all her friends!
*The only designs which we restock are our Born on Fifth collections and iconics. To make dreams come true and for very special events, we can sometimes make custom made smocked dresses. For more details please contact us at info@charlottesydimby.com
Handmade French style children smocked dress

Handmade within our own atelier

Designed, cut and sewn within our own atelier, each dress is handmade with care. We are fully in control of the whole production process and can keep a close eye on each step.

Our designer selects all our fabrics and gives birth to all our designs. She is our "Queen of Smocks".

Our dresses are the result of a passionate expertise and the work of skilled hands, we like to call our team members "fairy hands!" Our small and dedicated team is constantly striving to improve so as to offer the best to your children.

Handmade smocks

A heart and soul

Beyond creating pretty dresses, we have at heart to share love and joy through our designs. Our dresses are a way to celebrate childhood in all its tenderness and innocence.

Nothing makes us happier than seeing our dresses worn with a smile; taking part in your special moments delights us.

We like to think of Charlotte sy Dimby as a family, a community held together by our belief in the magic of childhood.

We love to interact with families, support mothers and share our ideas. Follow us on Instagram and read our journal to get inspired and take part in our world.

Mother and daughter Charlotte sy Dimby

 

Couture details

We believe that there is no age to enjoy well-made, high quality garments. Children deserve the best too! Until the very last stitch our dresses are made with traditional couture techniques passed down from generation to generation.

Very concerned about children’s well being and comfort, we select our fabric with great care. Fabrics must be beautiful to the eye and soft to the skin. All our fabrics are chosen by the designer herself and then tested by the atelier. We mainly use cotton and for party dresses like to add a little fantasy by using silk, organza or tulle. 

High quality fabrics

Our hems are therefore stitched by hand to obtain a completely  invisible seam, as clean from the inside as from the outside.

Each button is covered with fabric matching the colors of the smocks and sash. This color harmony gives a beautiful finished look to our dresses making them as pretty in the front as in the back.

All our dresses also come with what is called in French two “boutons de courtoisie”, meaning two spare changing buttons. These are discreetly sewn within the side seam of the dress.

Some of our dresses also have an additional button at the collar level closed with a loop ensuring a perfect fit.

Our Amandine smocked dresses have a very chic detail upon the puffed sleeves : three elegant rose bud embroideries. Subtle and discreet, the colors are in perfect harmony with those of the smocks.

Handmade smocked dress couture details

Each smocked and embroidered dress has a handmade lining in coton enabling more comfort but also adding volume to the gown. Thanks to this sophisticated detail, our dresses have a perfect structure but most of all twirl making little girls feel like princesses!
Twirling dress

Our Netti dress have an additional tulle underlayer sewn upon the lining creating a wide and airy skirt.

Last but not least all our dresses have a very special butterfly sash with a unique shape. With lining in the same color as the self covered buttons, the sash is tied in the back creating a butterfly wing shaped bow. Bringing a high end detail to our dresses, it has become one of the brand’s signature.

Dress with a bow  

Traditional smocks and embroideries

Today smocks and embroideries can easily be made using machines. However the result is completely different. Nothing equals traditional handmade craftsmanship.

We pleat the fabric manually and one by one for the gingham, striped and tartan fabric so as to put forward one color or another before the smocking.

As for our embroideries, they are made using traditional hoops. The result is called “peinture à l’aiguille” meaning needle painting. This guarantees precision and sophistication.

 

Handmade embroidered dress

May our dresses bring you much joy! Wear with love!

 






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