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« on: February 13, 2004 11:14:57 PM »

I've suddenly taken a great interest to learn more about smocking, and while I know what it is, I'm not sure of the exact process of it.

Basically, its just fabric sewn with a special decorative stitch with an elastic thread, that makes it all bunch up right? I know you can get a special machine to do this, but I'f I have a sort of honeycomb stitch on my sewing machine would that work too?

I'm hoping maybe I can make a cute summer dress or something this spring!
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2004 03:01:40 PM »

Hmm, from what I've read about smocking it's not actually elastic.  I think you gather your fabric with many, many rows of stitching and draw it up to the size you want (like for the bodice of a little dress).  And then you use decorative thread on the ridges of the gathers to stich designs.  But I'm no expert!  Maybe you can find  a book at the library that would tell you how to get started.  I can't find any useful how-tos on google.

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2004 06:12:49 AM »

There is an excellent book on smocking by the publishers of Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine.  It is called A - Z of Smocking.  I received my copy when I took a smocking class, but I think you could probably find it online.

Did you try your yellow pages to see if you have a smocking shop in your area?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2004 01:01:56 AM »

i remember seeing smocking patterns where you ironed on the dots and then pulled the fabric together in little pleats and embroidered fancy patterns on it.

I think what you might mean is "shirring". That's where you use an elastic thread on your bobbin and a plain coloured thread on top and sew things like boob tubes etc.  I've made some (forgive me for this) laura ashley type boob tubes by shirring the top and shirring the waist.  They're nice for summer with jeans.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2004 12:03:09 PM »

Thanks guys. I actually looking in my Readers Digest complete guide to sewing, and found the iron on dot thing SewcialDistortion is talking about, and also shirring! I'll have to try it sometime, thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2005 11:56:37 AM »

Hi there,
I have been a "smocker" for about 14 years now, on and off.  My grandmother learnt when she was young, by the old drawing measured dots onto a piece of paper which was then tacked through the dots onto the fabric.  Nowadays, this long drawn out method has become obselete since the smocking pleater has been invented!!

I havent honed my dress making skills enough to make little girls dresses like my grandmother does, but I do make cushion panels which are the easiest form of turning the smocked panel into something usable!

There are more pics in the gallery by the way........

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