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The regularity of your honeycomb structure all depends on how neat and regular your pleats are placed in the fabric. To help make them as neat as possible, I marked the part of fabric I wanted to smock with chalk. I made three rows of dots, all at 2 cm (1 inch) appart from each other. Feel free to mark more rows, if you want a larger smocked surface.

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    Jun 15, 2011, 03.19 AMby Paige Warren

    I used this technique for a 1830s bonnet I was making and it really helped to make a stencil out of medium weight card (like manila folder) and drawing through with a pencil. It made it a lot easier since I could mark a lot of spots at once and if some of them wiped away, I could line the stencil up again and make sure it was in the right place.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 05.56 PMby aisy

    so this is gonna sound stupid, but do you need stretchy thread for smocking or is plain thread used if there is a zipper?

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