This, I think, is my new obsession.
Well, one of my new obsessions, anyway.
In my old age, I have rediscovered smocking.
I say "old" because the last time I did this was in Homec
at the tender age of 13. I did not like smocking then.
Either it was a Homec thing, or I had the impaired
judgement of a teenager. Or both.
It's easy and fast and can be done while watching TV.
Although I don't watch TV much nowadays, except
maybe to catch the Twins (that's baseball) in season.
I do my smocking in the kitchen while waiting for the
toast to pop up, in the car in Emily's school carpark,
on the road to the in-laws when I'm not the one driving.
Auntie Laura taught this to me last month while I was
in Singapore. It was all new to me - it's funny how a person
remembers nothing at all from Homec. I like smocking this
way - no pleating machine, no ironing, no basting, no sticky
dots or transfer dots or whatever - just a needle and
DMC No. 5 thread, and daylight to stitch under.
This is just a pocket. I will try and learn the names of these
stitches - I am in the very bad habit of just using them and
not knowing what they are called. The white ones are (I think)
a cable foundation stitch, to hold the pleats in place. The blue
upside down hearts are two stitches - the upper stitch is
a wave stitch (I think) and the bottom
is another cable stitch (I also think).
The pocket belongs to this dress - or at least to this yoke.
A combination of stitches, including the same ones in
the pocket, and some small honeycomb stitches below.
Gingham is so fun to play with - you can make stripes
and triangles all with the little squares, depending on
how you gather them in the pattern.
All nice and stretchy besides!
Incidentally, these are very shallow pleats-
the result of the size of the checks (1/4") in
this gingham. Deeper pleats i.e. stretchier,
can be made with bigger checks (like 1/2").
Polka dot fabric for the next smocking project!
OK, those are all the photos I have.
These disparate parts need to become a dress today!