I've had a little play around with smocking. I have some reference books and a smocking pleater and I'm all set. Here is my first attempt at a little sampler:
It's pretty basic. Now that I've got a feel for the technique I'm keen to make some actual garments with smocking detail.
I have been busy trawling the internet for inspiration because, to be perfectly honest, most of the smocking books and magazines available have really bad styling. Or I should say, styling that is not to my taste. It's a bit hard to look past the daggy fabric choices and ballooning puff sleeves to imagine the possibilities. That is, until you come across something beautiful like this: