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smocked peplum blouse

Added Sep 5, 2009

by michelleiswell

Portland, Oregon...






Being obsessed with smocking lately I designed several dresses and blouses with the classic honeycomb smocking in the back panel. The great thing about this is it creates ease of movement in a fitted, structured blouse, or dress. I am re-working the design for a longer sleeve for fall/winter. And you can’t go without a peplum!

Material Notes

Cotton. Darts. Pin tucks. Peplum. Honeycomb smocking.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage

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    Jan 31, 2010, 03.46 AMby lilybart

    How gorgeous! Love everything about this blouse. I need to learn how to smock… need to make something similar urgently!

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    Sep 9, 2009, 10.21 AMby anajan

    Lady, you’re so talented! I am fascinated with your work and details you put into it. Do you have a blog or some website? The blouse is stunning, the smocked detail is perfectly incorporated into it. I am also curious about smocking – do you have a pleating machine or did you pleat the fabric by hand? I have been meditating about this technique for awhile, and now I’m really inspired to copycat you :).

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    Sep 9, 2009, 06.33 AMby koh

    The blouse is wonderfully unique – well least i haven’t seen anything like it before. I hope you (or Burda) make a pattern for it because i’d certainly like to try and make one.

    I think it’s a pity that everyone seems to be so focused on the fox fur – the blouse is awesome.

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      Sep 9, 2009, 06.37 AMby michelleiswell

      i didn’t realize that the fur would detour from the blouse, because i didn’t sew the fur, i just thought that it was a pretty picture, so THANK YOU for bringing that up. i would love for everyone to be able to make this blouse and learn how to do the smocking element… i just don’t think i have the time to up load (and learn to upload) the pattern… thank you so much for the confidence to try to do so.

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    Sep 7, 2009, 11.42 AMby just-fee

    I think fur is always going to be controversial, I love vintage fox furs and I compliments your wonderful blouse, I am in awe of you patience and skill!

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    Sep 6, 2009, 01.50 PMby Jodi Wade

    great blouse! great photos!

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    Sep 6, 2009, 02.12 AMby solson83

    hmm…i’ve seen other people put stuff up with vintage fur, and others haven’t complained…I’m not sure what the difference is here….and leather is also a dead animal…just because you don’t see the face doesn’t make it any different.

    i love your blouse, and do not personally have a problem with the second hand dead thing, even though I have been vegetarian since i was 11. but that’s just me :)

    The smocking is fantastic!

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      Sep 6, 2009, 10.40 PMby michelleiswell

      Thanks so much for your comment! I totally agree with you. I suppose when posting pictures that are contrversial it will happen.

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    Sep 5, 2009, 10.19 PMby misskittym

    I think it’s beautiful! I love smocking as well, did you do it all by hand or did you use one of those nifty smocking machines to help with the pleating? Great job!

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    Sep 5, 2009, 10.15 PMby frenchpea

    I agree with blythee. It’s a nice blouse, but is totally spoilt by having a dead creature draped over it and unfortunately detracts from your workmanship. Whether you bought, borrowed or rented it makes little difference – this addition is totally unecessary. I find it offensive rather than cool, sorry.

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    Sep 5, 2009, 08.30 PMby susanne2011

    That’s just scary….yikes

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    Sep 5, 2009, 08.23 PMby sugarwaffle

    Great blouse! I wish I could make one :).

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    Sep 5, 2009, 07.55 PMby luvalot311

    Thanks for the clarification! I was also a bit appalled when I first saw the pics

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    Sep 5, 2009, 05.47 PMby michelleiswell

    I didn’t purchase, kill, or make the fur. It was my great grandmothers and used for the photo shoot.

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    Sep 5, 2009, 05.25 PMby blythee

    nice work with the blouse but i don’t agree with the dead fox around your neck at all.

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