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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding
  • Publication: 03 January 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211754
  • Carton Qty: 30
  • Size: 210x228 mm
  • Illustrations: 920
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: A-Z of Needlecraft
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A-Z of Sewing for Smockers


The perfect resource for creating heirloom smocked garments by Country Bumpkin

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Book Description

This how-to guide focuses on garment construction for smockers, with hints for creating heirlooms.

Part of the bestselling A-Z series of specialist needlework books, this extensive how-to text focuses on garment construction for smocking enthusiasts and is the ideal companion to the AZ of Smocking.

Presented in an easy to use style, this book is overflowing with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and invaluable hints for creating beautiful heirloom garments from blouses to bridesmaids' dresses.

Table of Contents

4 General information
4 Equipment
9 Fabrics
16 Fabric requirements
17 Interfacings and linings
17 Machine sewing thread
18 Patterns
20 Transferring markings
21 Techniques
22 Binding
23 Blocking and shaping
28 Gathering
30 Heirloom sewing
37 Piping
39 Pleating
42 Pressing
42 Seams
48 Understitching
48 Topstitching
49 Construction
50 Assembling the garment
60 Armholes
63 Button bands
65 Collars
74 Fasteners
83 Hems
92 Inserts
94 Interfacings
95 Linings
96 Necklines
103 Plackets
107 Sashes, belts and cummerbunds
115 Sleeves
125 Your finished garment
126 Index

About the Author

About Country Bumpkin

Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines.


The A-Z series presents time and tested crafts that are beloved by many. This is a new edition. Turn your smocking into an heirloom. It's for people who already know how to smock, but want to know how to put a garment together. The book is aimed at the construction process of creating traditional garments, using clear step-by-step instructions with photographs. It contains techniques for piping, pleating, attaching lace, sashes and more but is not a how to smock book. There is a materials section, techniques and construction. The photographs are good and the instructions are professional


Dec 05

This is a handy book for those who enjoy creating smocked fabrics but need some help incorporating them into wearable garments. This super guide takes a step-by-step approach through the entire process from selecting appropriate fabrics to the finishing touches. The techniques section is particularly helpful with a complete photo guide to blocking, stabilising, positioning and cutting out a garment from smocked fabric. A number of heirloom sewing techniques are also included for inserting lace, and adding scalloped hems and piping. The construction section includes detailed instructions for assembling various styles of children's dress and covers assembling the bodice and skirt, adding collars or necklines, inserting sleeves, creating hems, appropriate fastenings, plus sashes and cummerbunds. Whilst the illustrations are based on classic designs, these techniques could easily be applied to any smocked garment.

Sew Today

Mar 06

If you already know how to create smocking designs, this book is the perfect complement to that knowledge. Learn how to turn smocking designs into a beautiful garment following the construction techniques detailed in clear and easy steps. The spiral bound pages allow you to flip easily through the initial pages of general information, onto sewing techniques...This book is the natural follow-on from The A-Z of Smocking.

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