It pays to be determined. I surprised myself and have made a smock bib. It has been tested, washed and a success! What I learned - making your own bias binding is not a good idea. This part took the longest. Now I just need to use the rest of the fabric and make one more. I am thinking I would make the back attachment a tie on version but then a Velcro is much quicker with little ones. Will have to think of a less fiddly way. Also the neck bit could snug his neck more but then it would not suit him as he got older... WIll work on these two ideas.
On the other hand the big boys in this place think I should attach Velcro strip to the bottom edge of the smock bib and to the edge of the high chair table. They think this would be an ultimate mess control factor. I think it is NOT A GOOD IDEA! I can see it getting unhygenic and the little man playing with it all feeding time. If you can think a reason not to do this - drop me a line. I need some more ideas to assure them it is NOT a good idea!