First, I will say that I don't normally buy kits, but there was a convenience factor that it would allow me to start right away, so I could finish right away. I did start right away, but did not finish. The kit on the website says that it is swiss, and I paid the swiss price. While I know it was not a poly cotton kit, it was not Swiss Batitste. I am thinking it was probably Pima Cotton.
The smocking was very time consuming. Then I finally got it done, and decided to make it a tad shorter than the Ellen McCarn bishop since my niece is not walking, and IMO, shorter lengths are better for crawling. Well I didn't measure properly, and ended up taking to much off the bottom. Luckily I had fabric in my stash that matched the binding. I ended up cutting a piece 6 inches wide the width of the bottom. Stitched it into a circle and folded in half. After that, I serged the band on to the bottom of the dress that was cut 3 inches shorter than the desired length.
I also made a pair of bloomers out of the same gingham from a Simplicity pattern.
Close Up View
Yes, the bias is wonky, I'm not sure why
View of Bloomers
Full View of Dress