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Micro smocking?

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    @frances-suzanne or other smocksperts (smocking experts!) — I have cut a Music Class blouse and am wondering if I could do a TINY bit of smocking, almost like a very small dot or diamond, in place of the pintucks. I have cut my blouse from a pale grey-on-grey fabric and thought a tiny pop of color would be pretty. I wish I’d thought of it before I cut out, I know that would be easier.

    Would I just try to get 3-4 tiny pleats and get the blouse piece to match the length of the yoke piece, and smock with maybe a single strand of silk thread? I have no experience with this.

    Profile photo of gailanncreatesgailanncreates @gailanncreates

    Try making pintucks, rather than the marked tucks, and stitch them closer together to mimic the pleats for smocking.

    Profile photo of Mama_KnowlesMama_Knowles @Mama_Knowles

    You certainly can!! I been thinking of the very same thing. I am planning on using a pattern similar to that of the one I used on the bubble shorts. I have pattern printed out but still have yet to cut anything out.

    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    @mama_knowles I look forward to seeing what you make and how you construct it.

    @gailanncreates that’s a fantastic idea, I’m going to try it out, thank you!

    Profile photo of DebDeb @Mynorth

    In keeping with heirloom stitching but not smocking per se, here are few thoughts for those wee pleats I had in mind but will probably never get to do:

    Stitches in between the pleats:

    Stitches on the pleats:

    Pleats flattened with bullions on top:

    Turn the pleats into tucked pleats with bullions on top:


    Profile photo of Frances SuzanneFrances Suzanne @Frances Suzanne

    Great idea, Sarvi!! It probably would have been a little easier to add width prior to cutting, giving you some “wiggle room” / options with design concept. One suggestion – go with more than 1 strand of silk thread. At least 2, if not 3 DMC or floche . . .so that your work will be seen. @motherof5 Thoughts?? Have you tried to smock this area of the Music Class?

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