There was already a smocked dress round-up not too long ago, but it seemed a bit crowded if I would have added these honeycomb smocked garments, so here they are today. I cannot wait to share them so let’s dive right in, shall we?
And she sewed up another one in Liberty.
Lastly, an Ice Cream Dress sewn by Erin.
I used Ana Sofia’s Honeycomb Smocking Tutorial and applied it to the center panel on the Hide-and-Seek Tunic using green gingham. I paired it with some cream Playtime Leggings and the outfit was complete.
This was my first time I ever tried smocking and although my tunic didn’t turn out perfectly, I do think the Hide-and-Seek pattern lends itself well to smocking.
I did the honeycomb smocking just like in the tutorial which was six by sixteen dots, but if you’d like the smocking to go all the way across the center panel, add more dots. And I’m sure other types of smocking would look lovely as well.
Here’s a really quick run-down on how I did this. First of all, I didn’t line the front center panel. I placed the smocking at where the bottom of the front yoke would be. I did the smocking on the fabric first then cut out the pattern. I made these modifications: I eliminated the V-notch neckline and the seam allowance on the neckline of the front yoke (as well as the back yoke), I reduced the width of the tunic center panel to match the width of the bottom of the front yoke. To finish the neckline I used bias binding.
There are many different types of smocking, but honeycomb seems perfect for someone who is just testing the waters. Whatever type of smocking that you add to any Oliver + S patterns, we hope you will share a photo of your creation in the Flickr group.