I feel an artistic push to experiment with smocking on more adult garments! The “long top over leggings” look seemed promising.
The muslin (actually a teal linen blend) for this experiment was completed a few months back. For both garments, Vogue 8472 served as the pattern.
The body of the final version was originally lengthened 10″ and made of a very lightweight copper colored linen cotton blend.
The center back smocked panel for the final version is quite wide (31″ pre-gathers). The teal linen panel was much narrower (13″ pre-gathers.)
The smocking gathers bunched to some degree, but were workable. Two strands of a medium blue embroidery floss was used for the smocking.
After completion, the hem of the top was curved. The length in the front (from shoulder seam) is 24″ while in the back it reaches 30″.
The buttonholes were bound with the same copper linen/cotton fabric.
The yoke and fronts were lined with a blue and brown fabric from The Stash. The buttons are doubled – the larger button is a Bluish grey coat button and the upper button a copper metal with sun design.
I plan on wearing the top with white cropped leggings.
Wearable adult smocking! YAY!
Wearable adult smocking that is comfortable and lightweight! Double YAY!