Adventures in smocking
It all started with seeing spots. Lots.
They stretched in never ending line along the margin of a sleeve…
Joining the ironed-on dots, with running stitches and strong thread…
One row down,
345,045,098 16 to go.
Some not inconsiderable time and several coffees later….
And pull! A-gathering we go….
Something like the underside of a mushroom?
The other side of the fabric, now gathered into a space 4″ across….
Now for the fun part. The smocking! Done in Anchor Pearl (or Perle) Cotton size 8….
decades hours later:
Hurrah! One small cuff section done of what will be Folkwear’s English Smock:
Only the other sleeve, front and back to go. Gulp.
This is a fantastic pattern- so well put together that even a novice smocker like me can follow it. The instructions are comprehensive, and even contain all sorts of historical background on the history of smocks and smocking. I’m using a lighter weight fabric (a cotton lawn) than the pattern recommends, but (ever optimistically) hoping it’ll work out. I’m really enjoying the fact that the actual construction of the smock itself is very simple, but it’s the embellishment (ie. the fun part!) that takes the most time. It’s not even as difficult as I imagined (providing you take the time to do all the prep work accurately…) and I love the patterns of light and shade that the smocking creates.
The aim (following my musings here over an amazing blackwork skirt in the V&A) was to spend a little more time and effort than I normally might in making something that I will keep and wear forever.
Hopefully. Well, that’s the plan anyway :)