Britex loves smocking! Along with other fascinating home-maker’s arts, heirloom sewing techniques are making a resurgence. This sewing technique involves making simple tucks to pleat fabric. More complicated smocking patterns include the introduction of scattered embroidered motifs using feather, honeycomb, wave, or diamond stitches. Vogue has several children’s smocking patterns for dresses, shirts and short overalls. Liberty of London cotton is ideal for this easy to learn heirloom sewing technique. Its soft drapability lends itself to the fine gathers that are characteristic of smocking. I can imagine a certain vivacious red-headed sprite swinging from tree branches, while wearing a smocked dress made out of this navy blue Liberty of London print!
“Oh little playmate,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my cellar door,
And we’ll be jolly friends,
Forever more, more, more!”