I have sewn tons of garments for my daughter, from teeny tiny rompers to delicate bonnets, but there’s one thing I had yet to tackle: a classic smocked dress. I have always wanted to try my hand at smocking but was too intimidated by all the tiny pleats and miniscule stitches to actually give it a go. Turns out, my fussing was for nothing; hand smocking is totally easy!
With just a few well-placed stitches I was able to check this off my sewing to-do list without a single new gray hair. And I am so glad I did! The intricate puckers and pleats of the honeycomb smocking add such fascinating and beautiful detail to this otherwise simple garment.
If, like me, you’re a bit of a smock-o-phobe, our Smocked Dress + Shirt Pattern is the perfect place to start. It includes a Smocked Dress pattern for sizes 12 months to 6 years and a Smocked Shirt pattern for sizes 12 months to 10 years. Full-color photographs and instructions walk you through every step, from cutting the fabric and marking the smocking grid right down to the very last hem. You can use this Pattern with any lightweight cotton fabric you love! – Corinne
To create our Smocked Dress + Shirt, you will need….
- The Smocked Dress and Shirt Pattern
- 1 1/2 yards of lightweight cotton fabric (We used Kiyohara’s Large Gingham, which is no longer available but suggest any lightweight cotton will work with the pattern. To create your own grid on solid fabric, consider using a fabric marker and ruler for assistance!)
- One skein of DMC embroidery floss
- Two embroidery needles
- A spool of 100% cotton thread, and
- An 18mm Bias Tape Maker.