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Posted on: 8/4/08 1:09 AM
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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.

read Shinta's review

link to my photo tutorial

Let me know if you have any questions, but the pictures should be pretty easy to follow i hope.


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rebija said... (12/24/08 9:39 AM) Reply
I can't believe I just found your tutorial. I saw Shinta's beautiful top also, and couldn't find anything on the internet. Thank you so much!
wendlesue said... (8/13/08 10:32 AM) Reply
Actually, it was the polkadots on shinta's top that gave me the clues on how the smocking stitch would go. She has 4 different colors of dots, that all come together to one point when the stitch is made. Otherwise I would have never been able to figure it out!
BeckyMc said... (8/9/08 0:07 AM) Reply
Very, very cool. I saw the maternity top by Shinta too, and wndered how on earth that was done. Your tutorial is so clear and easy to understand. But how did you figure it out on your own? Impressive.
Irene said... (8/5/08 6:20 PM) Reply
Thank you for a clear tutorial that I'll be able to find easily!
carlton said... (8/5/08 5:18 PM) Reply
many thanks for your generosity jane
sewtime said... (8/5/08 3:21 PM) Reply
This is very cool, good on both sides. Thanks for the tutorial on this!
snapdragonfly said... (8/5/08 8:30 AM) Reply
I love both sides, now to find a garment to show it off!
Nancy K said... (8/5/08 8:25 AM) Reply
Great tutorial. Have you used it on clothing yet? It really is simple after seeing your tutorial. Thanks.
wendlesue said... (8/4/08 9:48 PM) Reply
Actually, the "back" is my favorite side. And there are no threads showing on that side at all, so it could easily be the "front".
j222b said... (8/4/08 4:51 PM) Reply
The back of the smocking is lovely, too. Do you think the back of the smocking could be used on the front of the garment? or am I not seeing something?
wendlesue said... (8/4/08 12:10 PM) Reply
All of the dots get sewn in groups of 4. You sew one group of 4, then break your thread and move to the next group of 4. So, no dots get skipped.
Mary Stiefer said... (8/4/08 10:15 AM) Reply
Very interesting. Thanks for the info.
marykpfist said... (8/4/08 8:40 AM) Reply
marykpfist said... (8/4/08 8:40 AM) Reply
Very cool! Do you sew each row of connecting dots- or it looks like maybe you skipped a row in the middle?
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