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Thread: Any "Smockers" out there???

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    Any "Smockers" out there???

    I decided today that I would teach myself how to smock. It's pretty easy using the polka dot fabric and I think my first attempt came out pretty darn good! I will be making a wristlet purse out of these 2 pieces (saw a picture on Pinterest). Anybody else do smocking?? I think I will venture into doing some smocking on other prints but I am assuming I will have to mark the fabric - any words of wisdom?
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    That is really cute !!! I would never have thought of smocking like this. It's good.

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    Cute. Never tried it before. Really simple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110 View Post
    Cute. Never tried it before. Really simple?
    Yep! Here's the pictorial tutorial that I used http://zakkainspired.blogspot.jp/201...que-tried.html
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    Thanks for the link.....
    May need to find some polka dots!
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    I love smocking on little girls clothes. It makes anything look special.

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    Cute, cute, cute. I did it long ago and used gingham. But those polka dots are terrific!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    Cute, cute, cute. I did it long ago and used gingham. But those polka dots are terrific!
    Me too!!!... I did a lot of it using gingham in all different sizes.

    Funny enough, I thought about it the other day, and was thinking about doing some again.
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    I can remember my Mother doing this when I was a child. I had a dress which she smocked but I mainly remember her doing on baby clothes. I can remember her ironing the paper to transfer the dots onto the fabric.

    When my eldest was expecting her first I discovered machine smocking when I sewed a stitch onto the wrong side of T shirting fabric I was using to make baby nighties. Haven't done it since.

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    I've done a fair bit of smocking for my GD . It is a really neat way to make anything look extra special and turns an ordinary gingham dress into a party gown. I've done the gingham and also carefully marked dots at 1/4" intervals to make my own design. Never saw the polka dot method so now I have another 'to do' project before I forget how to do it. Thanks for the tip.

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