simplicity 4826 – smocked frock

August 10, 2014




I subscribed to this site some months ago, and love to get the weekly review, and intended each week to post somthing, and  now here it is!

I am working my way through some vintage patterns, and including some upcycling in the mix.  Years ago, I adored english smocking and did a few pieces in it (mainly nightdresses), it uses up a lot of fabric (times 3) whereas this dress didn’t.    I got a purple shantung maxi skirt in charity shop, and made this for my sister (who kindly bought me the diane keay smocking book all those years ago.)





    1. thank you- the pattern is shocking easy, and pretty much a shift dress pattern without the front darts and 4 or 6 inches wider between the armholes………… i am going to get it out again as i am toying with making a top with beaded smocking

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, i am going to give a go at a smocked top and skirt in the next couple of weeks (its only the thought of marking dots on 240cm of fabric in the skirt that is delaying me!)

    1. thank you very much. this canadian (i think its called) or direct smocking is a lot easier than it looks. and i was pleased i found this fabric as polyester shantung is so easy to use. i did a cocktail dress in it years ago, and could never believe how well it laundered! (used throw it in with a mixed wash)

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