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I love smocked garments, but their price has always been a turndown. For a while, I have been meaning to smock something of my own, but I thought I could not do it because I lacked the fancy equipment. I did not want to dismiss my dream so easily, but I looked for instructions high and low and it was very difficult finding any.

And then I found this article on Marie Grace Designs. Here was the answer!

I have finally gathered the courage (and supplies) and started pleating. This is what the back looks like:

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And this is it, threads pulled:

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I am still working on the rows I need, so have not blocked it yet. This is my very first time doing this, so it is a work in progress but, at least, it looks like it might work!

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I know I have been talking about these dresses for weeks, but I thought I would share how I made the ruffled lining in case anybody would like to try it this way. It was super easy! And I’ll definitely try this again in the future.

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1. Cut your tulle in a long strip, fold it in half lengthwise, and run a gathering stitch through it– it ruffles right away. (Cut two strips. Ruffle each one).

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2. Attach ruffled tulle to the lining, as shown on the picture, matching lining hem to the stitched end of your tulle.

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3. Fold over toward the wrong side of your lining, and run a zigzag stitch to secure in place.

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4. Using your zigzag stitch as a guide, attach the second ruffle on the right side of your lining.

I hope this serves as inspiration 🙂

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