|This is a smocking technique I first saw in Shinta's wardrobe contest entry (2008). Shinta made a polka dot maternity top with smocked band. I looked all over the internet trying to find something that looked like it might be close, but came up empty handed.
Soooooooo.... using Shinta's detailed photos, I played around a bit and figured out how to do this myself. It is really quite simple and fun. One side of the work takes on the look of woven strips of fabric, and the other side forms a complex tessellating pattern of diamonds and alternating pleats. It is really quite magical.
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link to my photo tutorial
Let me know if you have any questions, but the pictures should be pretty easy to follow i hope.