Gathering Threads

Ebele in Progress

Posted by on May 18 2010, in Smocking, WIP

I’ve been gorging myself on smocking now that my day-to-day job is on summer hiatus.

I’ve got several outfits in various stages of doneness – here’s a quick peek at one of my wip’s. It’s my interpretation of the “Ebele” plate that was featured in AS&E, Issue #83


I’ve made a few changes to the plate: changed the colours to match my bandana-print fabric, rather than the African indigos used in the spread, skipped the beaded cables and shortened the length of the plate by one row because I am making the dres s in a size 2, one size smaller than the smallest listed size.

I enjoyed working this piece, which will be finished as a halter dress with three-tiered skirt with rick-rack trim. I normally prefer plain fabrics, the better to show off the smocking, but this densely patterned plate and fabric make for an interesting and more subtle look. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new. And when it’s all done, I’ll be sure and post pictures of the finished dress.