Replace pleats with Machine Smocking
The skirt is sewn in silk shantung, based on free pattern from Burda Style.
I wanted to keep the fullness of the skirt, and apply a quick and fun technique of machine smocking. I used the same decorative honeycomb stitch to sew the hem and the topstitching on the yoke. Another change to the pattern is the lowered waistline (with about 5 cm).
I think the technique I used is worthy of winning the Spring Contest, as it is something fresh, new, just like everything Spring creates.
Brief Instructions for the machine smocking
The top I sewn a long time ago based on a Burda pattern, it has a V shaped neckline in the back.
Read more here: http://mirelap.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/the-a-plus-a-line-skirt-variation/
Top and Skirt
i love the idea replaceing pleats with smocking a very clever idea
beautiful skirt -- i love your use of the smocking on this pattern and your choice of fabrics for both pieces. now THAT is a great springtime look!
I love the smocking design on the skirt. I love smocking and always look for new and unusual ways to use it. There are some lovely machine smocking designs. I use them over regular multi rows of gathering, but there are many ways to adapt this idea. I have used smocking on my granddaughter's denim jumpers, along with Machine embroidered florals. She is now nine and still wants more. I can see this idea translated to sleeves and many other parts of a garment. Think bridal veil and/or train, or bodice. Think pillows and other home decor for the crafter.