Thursday, 27 February 2014

I try my hand at smocking.

A new dress - again, ahem. I swear I do other things during the days than sew, but recently I've been feeling really inspired to try new techniques. This one began when I thought it'd be awesome to learn smocking. Not entirely lolita in style (although it can probably be used for that, too) but a girl needs summer dresses. Er, I need them at least. Need. NEED.

Kind of open at the backside...

Then for some WIP photos of the smocking, which is only around the top of the front side of the dress. Call me lazy but that's all my patience could handle. -.-; I have massive amounts of respect for people who use this technique on larger projects. Personally, I'm just going to say it was entirely the opposite to what I actually like doing so it could be this is it for this technique and I'll be returning to my work-avoiding ways. :Þ

Closer look at the folds.

Finished, the front looks like this. The photo's taken from the left side which plays some funny tricks with the perspective, the tying ribbons are in reality same width. :D

Backside, or the lack of it. This dress will always demand either a shirt underneath or really warm weather and as we all know the latter does not happen in Iceland, ever. Shirts it is.

Button detail. It used to have a black middle part that fell off, so now I'm planning on some modifications (because an empty slot like this is screaming for me to put something on it).

I'd add an outfit rundown but it's all selfmade or off-brand, so...


  1. Ooh, I always wanted to see some one try smocking on Lolita dress! I hope try to make a smocked Lolita dress some time. I think your dress came out so pretty and the pattern you chose for the smocking is exquisite. Great job!

    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing more smocking used in lolita dresses - despite the technique not being my cup of tea it looks so wonderful when done by someone who knows what they're doing (IOW not me :D).