Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Smocking Effect

Before elastic changed our garments and the way we dressed, smocking was a common feature in the clothing sector. These were generally used in those garments, where buttons were not desirable or feasible. 'Fitting yet flexible' is what made smocking a  popular technique in the past centuries. From cuffs to necklines, smocking was used in a variety of garments.

But that has changed now. Today, smocking stands synonymous with traditional children's clothing. Ideal for controlling and gathering fullness, smocking can be used to create interesting effects, especially on dresses.

The technique involves reducing a light-weight fabric to approximately one-third of its original width. It is usually stitched from left to right, with each stitch picking up a small amount of fabric at the middle of the fold. Different delightful patterns are formed using cable stitch, diamond stitch and honeycomb stitch.

Smocking is a regular feature on Tara garments, especially dresses. You can check our collection here.