Friday, December 11, 2009

diamond smock tutorial

Not sure if this is actually called the diamond smock...but it has diamond shape :) hence I'd say it's the diamond smock :p....correct me if I'm wrong. It is quite easy to do. You just need a piece of polka dot material which you can smock to make a bag or anything you want :). Here's how you do it:

1. This is the diagram of how you should smock it. The needle should come out from 1 after you make a knot at the back, then go in to 2 and come out at 3, go in at 4 and come out at 5, go in at 6 and come out at 7 and go in at 8 and pull it strong and tie at the back

2. Do a couple of rows of this, alternating at the lower rows. Here are some pictures for your reference:

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  1. Lia, you are so prolific...thanks for the tutorial and the lingerie bag looks cute and girly :)

  2. you sure have been busy! keep up the great work!!!

  3. That is very smart. I can't wait to try it!

  4. Great tutorial! I love how the diamond stitch works with the polka-dotted fabric!

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    (Link will go live at 9:50pm CST).


  5. Thank you Lia! I just tried an example of this and I really like the bubbly effect it gives. I have blogged my example and linked back to your tutorial :) I did one or two things ever so slightly different.

  6. Hi Lia,

    I just stumbled upon your blog today from Burdastyle. Love your matching Mother's Day dresses! And really learned a lot from your diamond smock tutorial. Will try it out soon!

    Are you in Peninsular Malaysia? I am from the East M.

    I 'used' to sew for my dollies but I have stopped for a while since my bb came along. After I read your blog I felt like sewing again!


  7. Hi

    Silly me, I just read your profile, you are in Jakarta. We are neighbours! hehe

    Would you consider making a tutorial for your Mother's Day dresses?

  8. Hi Lia,

    What can you make with these diamond smocks? Thank you

  9. Thanks for this. It is so simple yet classic. I can already dream of some cushion covers and bodice in my DD's frocks!

  10. Weezie said...
    Oh you just brought back so many memories of one of the easiest and nicest heirloom types of look that we used back in the 60s and early 70s to change a plain piece of fabric into a very simple but chic look. We would use a paper template of dots,mark the back of material that was plain or on a gingham check and instantly once you got to know which dots or marks to connect you tapered the fabric in and added a nice touch to add a chic look that many of us loved.

    Thank you for you nice easy lesson and reminder of how very nice this could look and the special nice garments I did did with this work.

  11. Thank you for posting such an easy to follow tutorial. I am sharing your lessson on my blog today :)
    I am looking forward to trying this out on a dress for my daughter!
    Thank you

  12. Thats so helpful indeed !! thank you very much for sharing :)


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