How to block pleated fabric for smocking when sewing | Super easy

How to block pleated fabric for smocking when sewing | Super easy


Hey everyone, so one of the headaches with
sewing smocked garments is blocking the smocking when it’s an insert – am I right?? Well,
I’ve been meaning to show all the different methods in a video – seriously there are
a good 5 or 6 ways to do this – and then I came across this method. It is the end all,
be all, method. You’re going to need freezer paper. When
I couldn’t find this in my local grocery store, I tried to substitute with a wax paper/parcpement
paper combo, but that will not work. I had to order this from Amazon and I’ll put a
link below that’ll give the channel a kickback (thank you).
Take the freezer paper and use (craft) scissors to cut out the “blocking” pattern piece
if that applies to your situation. I cut right inside the armhole area to give myself room
for the zigzag that I’ll show later on. Then you’ll take your pleated piece of fabric
and make sure the pleats are evenly distributed. Notice that I have pulled some of the pleats
out so I have a seam allowance on each side of my pleated piece. Then you’ll tie off
your thread so your fabric is the correct length to what you are matching it up with.
In my case, I am taking this skirt piece and matching it to the bodice.
With the waxy/shiny side of your freezer paper facing down, you’ll iron this paper to your
fabric. It is best to do a test piece to make sure your fabric can handle the paper, just
to be safer than sorry. And you can either iron the paper below the seam allowance – as
I’m showing here. Or you can iron the paper right flush with your fabric, as I’m showing
here, and using this method means your machine will stitch through the paper. It also means
the pleating fabric will be more stiff from the paper and hold up nicely – I do prefer
this method. Regardless, set your machine to a tight-ish
zigzag and go around those armhole areas. It doesn’t have to be super tight, but you
do want a few stitches into each pleat. You can go back over the paper with an iron
if any has come loose before stitching the pleated piece to your flat fabric. I preferred
to stitch with the pleats up, just watching in case any came loose, none did, but you
know, I like to practice safety. So if you stitched through the paper, you’ll
have to tear off the top part before you can remove the bottom section.
And walia – your pleats are pretty and you didn’t pull out your hair. You can cut around
your armhole area and continue with your project. 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 y’all next time.

20 Replies to “How to block pleated fabric for smocking when sewing | Super easy”

  1. I know you pleat dresses and bubbles for your daughter, but do you make tops or dresses with pleats for your self? If you do, could you show us some of your "Adult" pleat works? Thank-you ~ Blessings

  2. Happy New Year Sarah. Is there a trick to pleating gingham? Yours looks perfectly done. Thank you for all your very helpful videos.

  3. Excellent! Going today to pick-up some freezer paper. You're a genius, I truly enjoy watching your DIY videos. I find them packed full of information (my being a novice). Totally appreciate & thank you for sharing. <3

  4. Thank you for providing this tutorial. I have been away from smocking for about 20 years. There just aren't a lot of people smocking these days. So thank you for taking the time to provide such wonderful videos. And I look forward to seeing them all.

  5. I am so happy to have found you. I love all your tips. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

  6. I love your videos….so helpful and love to hear you talk………..hot mess and anywho makes me feel so gravitated to move forward with more smocking.

  7. You're videos are great! Thanks! I'm wondering how you "stitch with the pleats on top" when you're attaching piping. Thanks for any tips!

  8. Glad to have found your tutorials! I'm totally new to smocking and would like to know which kid dress smocking pattern should I get and where can I get them?

  9. Thank you so much for this tutorial, it helps a lot on constructing the dress and it seems to me that building the dress before embroidering allows to determine a better way to define the design and details of embellishment

  10. Wowwwwwwwwwww really really really i like it sooooooooooooo much mam by heart❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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