Friday, April 4, 2008

Contoured Italian Smocking On Silk Chiffon

This image is from the book "The Art Of  
Manipulating Fabric", by Colette Wolf. It's done on natural muslin fabric.

And this is how my test turned out on chiffon. I didn't pay attention when I combined the pattern, hence the ruffled middle :-) I will use this piece as reference for measurements and lines. And I'll test with dye as well, so all is not lost.

The pencil show where I went wrong. That notch indicates pattern repeat -duh!

It was time consuming yet quite therapeutic in a way. The stitches are simple, and yes; repetitive. And the pattern reminded me of a driving course. Go left, BEEP stop!, turn up BEEP stop... Those little dots are the BEEP stop! signals. The lines represent the thread driving left and up or down :-)
The pattern is enlarged 200% from the original in the book.

Here I'm "on the course", BEEP BEEP, look out!

Now I have to go figure out how to  link to all the fabulous sewing blogs out there. I still miss my iWeb, hopefully this will get easier with time.


  1. Hi Birgitte, welcome to blogland, looks like you have got the hang of it already! Your new blog looks great and I look forward to seeing more from you soon. Did you really do that smocking by hand?? Wow!

  2. This new blog looks great! I think you'll find Blogger is pretty user-intuitive, and you can always ask for help from any of us. Debbie Cook has a lot of good HTML advice too.

  3. Oh yippee, I found you! :-) I am so in awe of people who can smock - looking very good, but how frustering you made a "wrong turn" - beep, beep! ;-)