Some different types of smocked patterns (Part 1)

Smocked garment is considered as traditional clothing of many countries. It makes impressive by beautiful smocked patterns on the garment. But there is some confusion out there about what smocking is, and what types of smocking there are. So, in this article I would like to make you clear about different types of smocked patterns. Hope that this post is useful for you!

Introduce about smocking

Smocking was used most extensively in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Smocking is an embroidery technique originally designed explicitly to hold pleats in place. Used to create elasticity within a garment before elastic was created, smoking was at first simply utilitarian. Smocking patterns can range from the most detailed of patterns to the most simplistic. Throughout the decades smocking has become both functional as well as decorative. Different types of smocked patterns have evolved and include not only the sewing instructions but cutting and pleating directions as well.

Different types of smocking

The first type is Counterchange smocking. Smocking on gingham is also called counterchange smocking where you use striped fabric, gingham or dotted fabric, and mark where you place your stitches because it requires a horde of teeny dots be marked. The dot making is how one goes about doing counterchange smocking on a solid fabric.

People base on the corners of the gingham squares, the stripe edges, or the repeating pattern to pick up with needle and thread in a specific pattern. This can be either a geometric repeating design or something more figurative.

Counterchange goes fast, is easy, and gives great results out of the box. It is recommended as an introduction to smocking.

That is the first types of smocked pattern. In the next part, I will continue mentioning other types. Let’s wait and go on discovering interesting information!

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