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How to Add Smocked Sections to a Pattern

Jul 21, 2014
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We used the back of Simplicity 2147 as the front to incorporate this smocked bodice yoke design.

In SewStylish‘s Fall 2014 issue, the article “Trend to Technique: Fashion Smocking” explained how to apply two smocking designs to a variety of garments. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to adjust any pattern, such as Simplicity 2147 (shown below), to accommodate a smocked bodice yoke. This also can easily be applied to other pattern pieces.

1. Use the article’s directions to determine how large your fabric swatch needs to be to accommodate the smocked section. It helps to add a few extra inches in both directions for flexibility. Once you’ve applied your smocked design to the fabric, securely tie off each thread end.

Smocked section

(This is the finished smocked fabric piece.)

2. Cut the yoke pattern piece in muslin. Align and center the muslin on the smocked section’s wrong side, pin, and stitch in place about 1/4 inch from the muslin edge.

Smocked section from wrong side

(Muslin yoke stitched to the smocked section’s wrong side.)

Stitched smocked piece

(View from the right side.)

3. Cut through the smocked fabric layer using the muslin pattern piece as a guide. Stitching the muslin in this way helps ensure that the smocked piece holds its shape after it is cut (as shown).

Smocked section cut to size

(Smocked yoke piece after it has been cut.)

4. Finally, sew the smocked pattern piece into the garment as described in the directions.

Now that you’ve seen how easy this is, which smocked design from the Fall 2014 SewStylish are you most excited about incorporating into your next pattern? Where else on a garment would you consider placing a smocked section? Please share your thoughts below!

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  1. lannyte December 19th

    Wi have just canged my email to I also subscribed to Inside promotion. It does not work. What should I do?

  2. jokevelema September 16th

    I bought the magazine SewStylish with this article. For me it is not clear how to transfer the smoking pattern onto the fabric. I used calc but that is disappearing. Please help me out.

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