UPDATE: This previously ran on October the 30th but as we know everyone likes to update their basic tee every once in a while we wanted to bring it back.
Smocking has always been a craft that has intrigued me, I love how it creates more depth and volume in flat fabrics and the pattern is so pretty when finished. This decorative technique developed in England and was extensively used in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in work wear. It has developed over the years and now is incorporated into modern designs. This weekend I wanted to add interest to a plain white shirt I had, so I grabbed a needle and thread and smocked the waist. Here’s how I did it:
What you need:
A white t-shirt that is slightly oversized
A ruler with 1cm dimensions
A fabric pencil
Step one: Turn your t-shirt inside out and mark with the fabric pencil rows of 1cm squares, you can have as many rows as you like, I chose four.
Step two: Draw a line going through every other square diagonally from top left to bottom right and then on the next row make sure you go in the other direction from top right to bottom.
Step three: With your needle and thread, sew the corners of each marked square together, depending on the direction. then do a tight knot.
Step four: Keep doing this on every row, making sure you’re going in the direction of the line through the middle.
Step five: When all the rows are complete, turn your t-shirt right side out and see the pretty diamond pattern that has been created.
It’s a great way to give a little bit of a waist to a plain t-shirt, so if you are a little bored of your basic tops, try this, it’s easy and satisfying.