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From: Needlenoodle
Date: 08-30-2004, 06:17 AM (1 of 3)
Hi there,

I am new to this forum and I am a keen sewer. I noticed that some smockers frequent this forum so it seems like the perfect place for my smocking questions. I have some experience smocking babies and toddlers dresses (although I still consider myself a beginner!) and when my sister asked me to smock a dress for her daughter for an upcoming wedding I said it would be fine. However, she went ahead and bought the fabrics and it turns out they are fabrics that I have never smocked with before. She would like the dress to be a light/medium-weight satin overlaid with a contrasting organza-georgette (the organza is soft and has a nice drape to it). Here are my questions:

1) Can you smock a double layer of fabric (satin overlaid with organza)?

2) Are satin and organza suitable fabrics for smocking?

I hope there is a kind, experienced smocker out there who can help me answer these questions :bluesmile

Warm Regards
User: Needlenoodle
Member since: 08-30-2004
Total posts: 1
From: MaryW
Date: 08-30-2004, 10:24 AM (2 of 3)
Hi Needlenoodle, welcome to Sew Whats New.

Hopefully you can receive some answers to your questions. I have only ever smocked a couple of things and they were lt. wt. cotton so I can't help much.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: sewingnonie
Date: 09-23-2004, 08:12 PM (3 of 3)
Hello needlenoddle,I noticed no one has answered your smocking question. Hope it is not to late for an answer for you. Yes ,you can smock double layers of fabric,baste the fabric together and you can even put it through your pleated double.Satin and organza are perfect fabrics for smocking on.I have a picture posted on my web site of a dress done using two fabrics,its on the smocking page and the dress is called "Glacier Blue".

User: sewingnonie
Member since: 09-23-2004
Total posts: 175
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