February 17th, 2009

Raven

For Jane

I was going to a DJ exhibition that was happening tonight BUT it was canceled so instead I made a quick and dirty smocking tutorial for aznenchantress.

What is smocking? It's a method of gathering fabric that provides stretch to an area. Dressmakers used it before the invention of elastic for areas such as necklines and cuffs. Why quick and dirty? There are two main types of smocking, English and North American. English smocking involves gathering pleated fabric. And pleating fabric takes time...and I'm lazy. North American smocking does not involve pleats.

With English and North American there are many different pattern types available. In this tutorial I'll be introducing the Lattice Pattern because it's pretty.

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