I made it out of some ridiculously soft and drapey (and just a little bit see-through) rayon I got yonks ago from spotlight ( so not great quality - but my bed doesn't mind). I used an old vintage pattern my friend lent me - Woops forgot to write down the details .
The best bit about it...
So this was the first time I have tried smocking - I remember having dresses with smocked yokes when I was little ( and loving them! thanks Mardie), but I haven't really seen it around lately.
However a quick internet search and you would think it never went out of fashion, indeed others have commented on its come-back. There are so many blogs, how-to's, tutorials, and inspiration out there!
Whoever knew there were so many different types of smocking also? As it turns out, I did English smocking which is meant to be easier, as you pre-gather the fabric. Only when showing my boyfriends mum a picture of THE nighty did I find out that there are machines that gather the fabric for you.... A tempting investment?
For the regular smocking you don't gather the fabric - Honeycomb smocking tutorial
Whilst for the English you gather it first then stitch it
There are also some good pinterest boards about smocking
There's lots of inspiration out there
|How sweet is this one?|
|Something a grown-up could wear|
|Or an evil queen...(?)|
Even though the patter was "vintage" (read: old) it came with an iron on smocking grid - Best thing ever - No rule(r)s for me!
So in the end - I gathered the fabric and copied some stitches I found on the internet in two different shades of blue.
|Not the neatest as you will note - but I'm happy with it for a first attempt!|
|Think one of the difficulties was doing a double thickness, due to the REALLY thin fabric!|
|Light grey/blue and blue|
I wasn't (and still aren't) sure if I should take the gathering out afterwards? I did for the waistband but left it in for the shoulders (as they were the first bit I smocked - and were VERY rough).
So any tips, suggestions, resources, to tempt me into future smocking projects?
So this was my 4th make for the new year (Well I finished it this year - so that counts right?)