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Something to aspire to

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:

Smocking 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:

Anna fabo   

This is such a wonderful contemporary use of smocking.  I just love it.  It is from a very talented Spanish blogger who I am currently in awe of.  Anna has an etsy shop as well.



your smocking looks beautiful, can't wait to see more


A good beggining! I dress my girls with smoked dresses, I love them. I sell my headbands in a shop where you can find plenty of them,and if you want, I can give you places to search inspiration. Eva


A short tailored little sleeve with narrow piping looks lovely on a smocked dress-takes away the `fussy look`


What wonderful progress you are making. My grandmother was a fabulous smocker - it is a shame it isn't more widely seen today in more contemporary garments.


Beautiful! I started my daughter's Christmas dress last night. It is from Australian Smocking and Embroidery mag, issue #71. It is a beautiful magazine.


oh those gorgeous sleeves!!!!!

Anna fabo

thank so much for included my Alice Blouse of Etsy Shop in your blog

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