How to add smocking to a pattern using any fabric weight | Blocking using geometry

How to add smocking to a pattern using any fabric weight | Blocking using geometry


Hey everyone, here is how I’ve adjusted
a pleating ratio and added smocking to a non-smocked garment using geometry. And by geometry, I mean that I’m not actually
doing any math here, I’m just following the built-in geometry of the garment. I do have a video that goes into the simple
math required, it’s linked below. Now I’m doing this on a pant leg, although
this will work for a bunch of applications – dress skirts, whatever, and actually,
I wouldn’t recommend doing a pant leg as your first try since this became much more
challenging than the dress skirts I’ve done in the past, just fyi. So to get started, you’ll measure your widest
part of the pattern. The widest part is kinda your limiting factor
here. So my widest part is around 12” inches. I’ll need four of those, which brings me
to around 48 inches. Luckily my fabric is 60 inches wide, otherwise
I would need to do two panels, which is fine. So I rip one panel of my fabric the length
of my pant legs. And then after ironing, I roll it up on a
dowel and send it through my pleater. Make sure you pull off plenty of pleating
thread so you have enough to work with later. First I pull out the threads from one side
and tie those into groups of twos or threes and trim off the excess. I need to pull enough out for the side seam
allowance. Now, if I was matching a dress with
a yoke, then I would need to flatten enough fabric so I could cut an armhole out of it. Just look at what you’re trying to block
and match and see what makes sense in your situation. And then I adjust the pleats to my liking
and figure out where to pull up those next threads by checking with the yoke pattern
and pulling up the threads around the nearest pleat that makes sense – you know, makes
sense with the seam allowance or whatever situation you’re dealing with. And then I cut down to separate that pant
leg and then cut around the rest of the pant perimeter. So it is possible to do a smocked pant like
this – I mean, obviously, I’m doing it in the video. But honestly, it was my first time applying
this process to a pant, and I don’t think I would do it again. It’s much easier on the skirt of a dress
or bottom of a shirt. Just fyi, but by all means try it on a pant
if you wish. Just that’s my two cents after having done
it. And from there, you can continue on with your
project. I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them
in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all for watching
and I hope to catch ya next time.

4 Replies to “How to add smocking to a pattern using any fabric weight | Blocking using geometry”

  1. Hi Sarah I recently subscribed your channel all your video are awesome, can you share with how to cut a Bishop dress

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