Samples of Finished Garments
Here are some ideas for using our products.  
If you have a sample you would like to share with us, e-mail a picture and details to us, and we will consider it for inclusion on this page!
© 2011 Ellen McCarn
McCarn Enterprises, Inc.
"Baby Hearts for Kerry"
#10226
"Watermelons"
using Ellen's Ultimate Bishop Dress
Courtesy of  Debra Parker
"Kiawah Crabs" adaptation on Ultimate Bishop Dress
Courtesy of Debra Parker
"Baby Bear" 
Courtesy of Debra Parker
"Sea Turtle Babies" and "Leap Frogs" appliques
Courtesy of Leigh Brock of Madison, AL
Press & Sew Appliques
"Candy Canes" and "Snowman"
Jumper courtesy of Sandra Bonnet
 Courtesy of Leigh Brock 
Press & Sew Applique "Cow Boy"
Courtesy of Pam Mulagin
Design idea courtesy of Farmhouse Fabrics
"Smocked Inserts for Knits & T-Shirts"
on store-bought t-shirt
Design and sample courtesy of
Jinkie Carpenter
"Gingerbread House" applique on jumper
Courtesy of Pam Malugin of Carousel Krafts
"Tiny Rocking Horses" on Ultimate Bishop Dress
Courtesy of Debra Parker
The "Ultimate Bishop Dress" 
Courtesy of Cindy Scott
Press & Sew Applique
"Sand Pail & Shovel"
on hooded towel.
Courtesy of Kerry McCarn-Ostir
Courtesy of
Kerry McCarn-Ostir
"Smocked Inserts for Knits & Tee Shirts"
 on a selection of Onesies / Creepers.
Designs are adaptations of "Dalmatian Puppies", "Fun Froggies", "Race Cars" and "Sail-abration".
Courtesy of Kerry McCarn-Ostir
"Smocked Tank Top" pattern
courtesy of Kerry McCarn-Ostir
"Santa and Reindeer"
(proud parents unknown to us at this time)
My first try using your Press & Sew Appliques. "Punkin' Face" was very simple to do. Perfect for a beginner like me!!!
Kelly Friday Lamkin
"Tiger Cubs" Smocking Design
Courtesy of Jackie Brock Young
"Amy" Smocking Design
Courtesy of Jackie Brock Young
Variation of "Chicks" Smocking Design
Courtesy of Sivje Crowe Parrish
"Lacey" Smocking Design
Courtesy of The Smocking Bird
"Olivia Grace"
Courtesy of Debra Parker
"Trick or Treat?"
"Keep On Truckin'" design on adorable triplets!
Pattern is "Jeffrey" by The Children's Corner.
All courtesy of one proud "Grandma Jane" Hamilton.
"Ladybugs"
courtesy of Kerry McCarn-Ostir
"Easter Egg Hunt"
(unpublished)
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A beautiful variation of Ellen's design "Elizabeth Rose"
by Debra Parker
Your bishop pattern is my absolute favorite pattern. I've probably made over 100 of them for my 3 grand nieces and gifts!
And I have almost all of your smocking plates, which are also my favorites! Thank you so much.
Your efforts have made the little girls in our family look beautiful! Only more I could hope for is granddaughters of my own one day! I'll take grandsons too, but I don't think my sons would allow me to put them in a bishop!
Debra Parker

Press & Sew Applique"Sailing"
I really like your patterns. They are easy to follow & I like the generous sizing.
I teach English smocking & am always referring to your patterns & smocking plates. 

Carole Ellis

beautiful variation of "Allison Leigh"
Courtesy of the Sewing Studio
Thank you for your time, and for the plates and books I have purchased over the years which have afforded me the pleasure of smocking for my children, grandchildren, and friends children - you are a blessing to me!
Sincerely, Ruth G., South Carolina

I have enjoyed your designs for years and am amazed at how prolific (focused?) you are. You just keep cranking them out and they keep getting better. I have enjoyed the smiles on the grandchildren's faces and compliments from others when the praise should have been all yours. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents.
Thanks again, Jill Verley

Most all of the smocking plates I have are from your collection.  They are easy to understand an look stunning on the garment.  I just wanted t let you know what this has all meant to me and how much I've enjoyed learning from you.
Blessings, Pam S.
I love your smocking plates and books.  I've used them for years!!!
Becky S.
"Danielle"
Courtesy of Debra Parker
"Love" each stitch - each one is important to the design, and it will take only slightly longer to give beautiful results."
From the book "Ellen McCarn on English Smocking"
"Meredith"
Courtesy of "seamstress extraordinaire"
Debra Parker
I have seen a picture of a sundress and the instructions say use a bishop pattern because of the shaping (drape).  I use your Ultimate Bishop pattern but am stumped - it is a dress and the neckline is higher and the sundress is not.  Can you be of any assistance?  I am wanting to make two granddaughters this dress for a beach wedding.

Pam M.

I contacted the seamstress and she said they took out 1" for that size.  I would recommend removing 1" up to size 18 mos., 1 1/8" for size two, 1 1/4" for sizes three & four, and 1 1/2" for sizes five & six.

Ellen
I am attaching photos of the sundresses I created from your Ultimate Bishop pattern.  After making a sample top cut under the armholes and pleating, I fitted to the girls.  I cut off 1 1/2" from the top following the edge of the pattern, added a lining to the top so that I could put a short attached slip so the panties did not show.

Pam M.

Wow!  The look great!  Look at the bottom edge of the dresses.  Just straight across & perfect!  You did a great job!  Thanks so much for sharing.

Ellen
"Lauren"
Courtesy of Paula B.
"Mary Elizabeth"
(Round Neck Design Variation)
An Outstanding Rendition Of An Older Design!
Courtesy of Debra Parker
Above:  Christening Dress with Raised Yoke Gathered Instead of Smocked
Left:  Heirloom Sewing Version of Classic Yoke Sleeve
Thanks to Agnes C., Owner of Seams Sew Right in Selma, AL
for Sharing Her Beautiful Work!