Friday, September 11, 2009

Smocking and Construction School

I have been sewing like crazy getting the garments ready for Martha Pullen's School of Art and Fashion Feb.2010! Since smocking is my absolute favorite, I am very excited about teaching a full 4 days of smocking construction and smocking tips. I have received several e-mails asking what the projects would here they are! The first project will be your choice of #132 sunsuit or sundress. This will be completed as a ready to smock and as time allows we will begin smocking "Campbell's Bunnies" covering all of the picture smocking tips.

The next project will be the a smocked version of #122 Baby Apron. In class we will adapt the pattern for smocking while learning how to smock up to the neck edge of a garment. Choose from either the boy version with a piped collar or the girl version with a machine stitched scalloped bias binding around the collar.

Our final project will be a classic bishop style dress. We will pleat the bishop, learn how to shape and finish the neck opening and make the placket opening in back. We will also begin to smock our bishop and cover all of the smocking tips for this style dress.

I have worked hard to make sure that we cover the three main types of smocking construction in these classes so that you will have the confidence to go home and tackle all of those smocking projects you have been dreaming about! Take time to visit for more information about these and other classes.


Antonia said...

Love the projects and look forward to learning your techniques both smocking and construction.

Anonymous said...

MichiƩ, I really enjoyed constructing the dress today at the SAF. I have always avoided piping because it always went wonky, and the idea of adding piping to a smocked band gave me cold shivers. Now I really feel confident! Thanks for the great pattern and even better instruction.


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