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How to Add Smocked Sections to a Pattern

We used the back of Simplicity 2147 as the front to incorporate this smocked bodice yoke design.
This fabric swatch features the lattice smocking design featured in SewStylish Fall 2014.
The final smocked pattern piece is stitched to a muslin pattern piece before its sewn into the garment.
We used the back of Simplicity 2147 as the front to incorporate this smocked bodice yoke design.

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

Photo: Jack Deutsch

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.)

Comments (1)

jokevelema jokevelema writes: 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.



Posted: 1:20 pm on September 16th

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