I bought a ton of 1" gingham on sale recently - maybe make up some cute smocked tops for the girls? Gingham Tutorials, Tutorials Start, Gingham Curtains, Smocking Gingham, Beginner Smocking Tutorials, Gingham Smocking, Crafts Sewing Tips, Crafts Projects, Gingham Fabrics
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Smocked Blouse with multicoloured embroidered stitch detail - sewing techniques; fabric manipulation // Anna Fabo
blackbird by tinctory, via Flickr: " ...The process involves several stages. First, fabric preparation - washing, ironing, cutting and sewing. Then I gather the material into fine, even pleats (by stitching it - no pleating machine). After that comes the fun bit - choosing the colour combinations and smocking several rows (the smocking stitches hold the pleats in place and also add colour and texture). Finally, the fabric is threaded on silver wire and made into a piece of jewellery..."