How to Add Smocked Sections to a Pattern
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.
(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.
(Muslin yoke stitched to the smocked section's wrong side.)
(View from the right side.)