I really love how this smocked honeycomb texture adds elegance to any garment. You can use it just for decoration, but also to reduce width when you're making a waistband in a straight loose dress for example. I still plan to do that :-). The amount of fabric you need is twice the length your final piece needs to have.

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    Mar 17, 2013, 07.47 AMby Marisol Castañeda

    super cool. I’d like to try this to add texture to a baby blanket!
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    Feb 27, 2012, 01.07 PMby Adriana Orozco

    I like it very much!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for tutorial!!!

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    Sep 19, 2011, 10.49 AMby silentgiver88

    thankx a lot!!!!

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    Jun 20, 2011, 02.34 AMby sertyan

    Hi Rensz

    Thank you for your tutorial! I applied it to make my daughter a smocked dress. You can see it here:

    and I blogged about it here:

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    Jun 14, 2011, 09.55 PMby pinapolee

    I love this! I tried it right away and it looks lovely.

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    Jun 1, 2011, 01.03 PMby woodviolet

    I cannot wait to try this! Smocking is so elegant; what a perfect touch.

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    May 14, 2011, 02.21 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    You’ve done a really good job on that smocking. I tried smocking a while ago and it didn’t work out. Maybe next time it will be better. : )

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    Apr 22, 2011, 05.28 PMby aleah

    This looks great.

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    Apr 11, 2011, 04.13 PMby magdamagda

    wow so beautiful! gorgeous effect!

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    Apr 7, 2011, 09.13 PMby charlotteauzou

    I love it ! I’ve already tried it on a couple of project but it is so long to get this result ! Here is my dress using this technique :

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    Apr 3, 2011, 02.12 PMby sianysiany

    Looks awesome… Can’t wait to try it!

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    Apr 2, 2011, 09.23 PMby ruthw

    It looks fabulous! Does it have any elasticity or would you have to do it with some kind of elastic thread to achieve that?

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      Apr 4, 2011, 09.41 AMby rensz

      Hi Ruth, No it doesn’t have any elasticity, unless you work with an elastic fabric such as a tricot or some other stretch material. I think it will be difficult to secure the pleats if you try it with elastic thread. Experiment if you want to know for sure, who knows what great unexpected results it will give!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 11.43 PMby clairesophie

    this looks amazing!!!!!!

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