History of Smocking - Sew Vintagely

History of Smocking

How long has smocking been around?

Learn the fascinating history in 5 minutes!

Smocking is an enduring art. But you might be surprised to learn how far back in history it goes.

What is smocking? Smocking is manipulating fabric and creating patterns with evenly spaced embroidery stitches over pleated fabric. There are several types of smocking, and the technique is used in historical garments, classic children’s garments, and contemporary fashion.

Check out this five minute video to learn how smocking evolved from its utilitarian beginnings to modern artistic hand-work.

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