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Spring Color Contest

Replace pleats with Machine Smocking

Top and Skirt

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/


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  1. pebblesbam | | #1

    i love the idea replaceing pleats with smocking a very clever idea

  2. elizabethdee | | #2

    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.

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