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By the sea shore

Added Jun 6, 2011

by candyjoyce

Southampton, Uni...






Do you remember that annoying advert where the woman would swish her hair around and say
“I think I’m in love……..with a Shampoo!”
Yeah, well, I was swishing around when I made this top and saying “I think I’m in love…..with a smocking technique!”

I think I over did it a bit with this top.

I really want to try this, and other canadian smocking techniques, on striped or chequered fabric.

Material Notes





Spring, Summer


Shell Smocking

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    Jun 9, 2011, 08.14 PMby mariposa21

    Its crazy! Love it :) The sleeve is cool. How on earth did you know how much fabric was required for that amount of smocking with such a basic pattern?

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      Jun 9, 2011, 10.24 PMby candyjoyce


      I read that 3x the amount of fabric is needed but this is for an all over square so for example a 15 inch square would be smocked down to 5 inches.

      I knew that I didn’t want to smock the whole front so I just figured out roughly where I wanted the smocking to go on the finished garment and then did a patch of smocking on the uncut fabric and then layed the pattern over the smocked fabric and cut it out.

      It didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned it but not bad for a first attempt.

      You could probably get technical and work out fabric requirements precisely but I think the method described above works well enough.


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    Jun 9, 2011, 03.51 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    Less is never more. I love all the smocking :)

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.04 AMby libra-s

    Very sweet! Grat job!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 05.28 PMby infinite-plus-one

    i’m in love this (: what’s the technique name and pleaseeeeee where can i find the tutorial? (:

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      Jun 8, 2011, 06.51 PMby candyjoyce

      Hi, as noted this is Canadian smocking, I followed the directions for a ‘shell’ pattern but there are other canadian smocking patterns.

      The blog where I found the technique is in the credits above.

      I hope this helps and I would love to see what you create with this technique.


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    Jun 8, 2011, 12.14 PMby tamsinwp

    This is amazing – it might be a bit much in one top, but wow!

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      Jun 8, 2011, 01.18 PMby candyjoyce


      I know, I got a bit carried away. I have just bought some more Jersey (stripy!!) so I am going to try another version of this with less smocking.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 10.46 AMby gillthecat

    its crazy but cool,, what are the pants they are nice too,, watch out the smocking will get you,,

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      Jun 8, 2011, 01.19 PMby candyjoyce

      The smocking already got me!! I’m gonna try a few different smocking techniques now, there is one called ‘arrows’ which looks pretty cool and another one called ‘bones’ that I’m sure I can do something with.

      The trousers are Bella from Burdastyle.

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