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New smocking videos
Click here to see how smocking is done. How to set up your pleater. How to pleat and block your fabric. And how to do some basic smocking stitches. More will be added as time goes on.
Adrianne's Attic has a great how to on how to pleat
All photos below are thumbnails click to see larger view
The pattern used for the dress is Ellen McCarn yoke dress. The smocking
Dress and pinafore are from Little Vogue #8608
The Pattern is: CC Marydee
The CC Marydee is always a fun jumper/sundress to make.
Zoe's Christmas dress was sewn, using Love and Stitches Toddler yoke
Little Kisses from AS&E issue #65. Fabric used is imperial batiste. There are a total of 33 roses.
The outfit is called Sunshine and comes from AS&E issue #60
The red pinafore was made using a op simplicity pattern, the smocking plateis called "Lace It Up"
Sundress was made using the pattern "Conner" by Maggie Bunch. Embroidery design is by Wendy Schoen.
Glacier Blue from Sew Beautiful Jan/Feb 2004
Capri Set. Party Time from AS and E issue 63
Smocking plate Princess Rose from Creative Needle Mar/Apr 1999
Sweatshirt is smocked using a Laura Jenkins Thompson plate called Davids Dinosaurs.I used broad cloth for the insert. Click for larger image (27kb)
To learn more about the white bishop click here
To learn more about the blue bishop click here
To learn more about the mary de one click here
Click for larger image of santa shirt.
To learn more about the isabelle click here
For inspiration my favorite magazines are:
My favorite place to go for my smocking supplies is: