Monday 18 November 2013

Jane Austen clothing ........ smocking

Good Morning

As you all know my love of embroidery and hand stitching is boundless!  I will be doing some courses next year to improve my skills and learn more stitches.

The love of history goes hand in hand with what I do, as my love of vintage shows you.  Times gone by produced beautiful fabrics and workmanship that today has been sadly dying out, except I believe is making a revival....... The young people who love vintage because it is in vogue want to learn how to do things!! 

Jane Austen era (Regency) I adore the ladies clothing.  It was flattering and was more free than fashions before.  The stitch work on the fabrics was stunning. One being smocking, which does take skill.

Smocking has several stitches and with that produces different patterns.  It makes the garment stretchy ( before elastic) and it also makes it beautiful.

The stitches used are:-

1.   Cable stitch

2.   Stem stitch

3.   Outline stitch

4.   Cable flowerette

5.   Wave Stitch

6.   Honeycomb stitch

7.   Surface honeycomb stitch

8.   Trellis stitch

9.   Vandyke stitch

10.  Bullion stitch

Smocking refers to work done before a garment is made up.  Traditional hand smocking begins with marking dots in a grid pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and gathering it with temporary running stitch. These stitches are anchored on each end in a manner that facilitates later removal and are basting stitches.  Then a row of cable stitching stabilizes the top and bottom of the smocking.

Jane Austen 1775 - 1817
Although not a lot of smocking on this, it is beautiful.
Example of honeycomb stitch on a 18thC gown.
Quote of the day.
Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame!
James Edward Austen-Leigh .... about Jane Austen.


  1. Hi Sarah, the diagram image above #145 what is that a diagram of? is that front embroidery smocking or back baste stitch smocking?

  2. Presently the pattern is extraordinary and no more you need to fantasize, as vintage dresses are sold on a huge scale by a few organizations. Vintage Inspired Dresses

  3. These outfits get intensely from the past, bringing the alluring parts of vintage plans like fresh lines or flared skirts to totally new styles.1950s dresses

  4. I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.
    Stone Island Polo

  5. This is highly informatics, crisp and clear. I think that everything has been described in systematic manner so that reader could get maximum information and learn many things.

  6. Materials that are most agreeable and used in ladies' easygoing dress are cotton, pullover weave and polly lycra.mermaidaqua

  7. It would not be fair if we compliment all the blog writings but not the author.
    Lesbian Flag

  8. Extraordinary things you've generally imparted to us. Simply continue written work this sort of posts.The time which was squandered in going for educational cost now it can be utilized for studies.Thanks t-shirt printing houston

  9. Thanks for the amazing post. It is really very useful and new styles dress.

  10. At Affordable prices all variety of women clothes available here, karandi fabric, khaddar suits, lawn suit latest design, linen shirts, viscose suit and new winter dresses. For further detail you can visit this website: binilyas

  11. Latest design available for girls, khaddar suits, karandi fabric, lawn suit design, linen shirts, viscose suit and new winter dresses available on our website: .

  12. We offer 2018 - 2019 latest Collection clothes for woman's at affordable prices, if you want linen suit wedding, lawn suits, karandi fabric, khaddar suits, linen shirts, viscose salwar kameez and latest winter dresses then you can visit our website: .

  13. Lovers of pretty under things especially retro style nightwear and lingerie still hold these timeless classics in high regard. silk nightwear Back in the days, the options for designs are very limited but the designers have come up with more creative and eye catching styles.

  14. Hi there! I just wish to give an enormous thumbs up for the nice info you’ve right here on this post. I shall be coming again to your blog for extra soon. blunttupplies

  15. This is really attractive, You’re a really experienced writer. I’ve enrolled with your feed plus expect enjoying your astounding write-ups. Moreover, I’ve got shared your blog inside our myspace. blunttupplies

  16. I bookmared your site a couple of days ago coz your blog impresses me.`,,,~ bluntsupplies

  17. A garments drying stand or a garments drying rack is the most advantageous method of drying wet garments at home. It is an exceptionally practical gadget and makes its quality felt in a larger number of ways than one. velvet shorts womens

  18. Nor do you need to circle the parking garages unendingly, searching for an unfilled parking space. What To Wear With Black Jeans Men

  19. It is an enjoyable experience to wear clothes that are tailor made to fit you flawlessly. Suit Jacket Alteration Gold Coast

  20. For many women, the bikini is an essential part of their beachwear wardrobe. Micro kini

  21. Learn important factors of ecommerce hosting options. army print shirt online

  22. Truly, you can't simply be a creator. You additionally must be an incredible finance manager, which is the reason four-year Bachelor's certifications are turning out to be progressively pursued in the design business.
    ethical clothing brands