Shenanigans and epic waggery in historic costuming.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This one is freehand and handstitched
This is still in progress with pin tucks, hand smocking and machine decorative stitching, not really blackwork. I call it faux blackwork : The next one, I will put the ruffle or lace on first, and then smock. I really did not leave enough space to attach it easily. Also I will make the sleeve less voluminous, as the smocking was a bit too loose and I had to put in stitches to tighten the cuff underneath. To mark the space to be smocked, I used a graphite art pencil. I would have used a blue wash out pen, but, of course....couldn't locate one of the three I own! The honeycomb pleats are marked with dots in a grid of 1/4" by 1/2" rows, 5 of them.