Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November 2022, Hand-Smocked Shirt with Lauren MacDonald
Meet the Maker: Saturday 10 September, 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)
14:00 - 17:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Lauren MacDonald
Lauren MacDonald is a multidisciplinary designer, writer, and the founder of textiles studio, Working Cloth. Her approach and aesthetic have been tempered through academic studies in Material Culture and Textile Science, vocational experience in the fashion industry, and an ongoing obsession with materiality, form, and function. Her practice is focussed on traditional textile handcrafts and spans interaction design, installation, sculpture and stitched form. Her first book In Pursuit of Color: From fungi to fossil fuels: uncovering the origins of the world's most famous dyes will be out in November 2022.
Outline of the workshop
Smocking is an old-fashioned way of adding stretch and shape to woven fabrics. It's perfect for adjusting fit, adding detail, or building extra growing room into a garment.
Over two 3-hour sessions (and some homework) you will learn traditional hand sewing and smocking techniques and will make your very own smocked top.
In the first session, you will be guided through taking your measurements, making fit adjustments, and self-drafting the pattern for your top. Then we’ll work on small smocking samples, to prepare you for working your sleeves on your own. You’ll learn how to prepare the fabric and sew several different smocking stitches.
In the following session, we’ll do a progress check on your smocking. Then you’ll learn how to construct your top with several seam finishes, make and apply bias binding to the neckline, and finish the smocked sleeves so they appear seamless. In order to keep up, you will need to do some of the smocking in your own time.
Level of experience required
This workshop is suitable for those with some sewing experience: those who have made a few garments or homewares and are comfortable on a sewing machine.
A materials pack will be sent to participants prior to the workshop containing:
Embroidery thread in a range of colours
Golden eye embroidery needles or sashiko needles.
White linen fabric (enough to make a shirt)
Sewing machine thread
In addition, participants will need to provide:
A sewing machine
A measuring tape
Quilt ruler or other straight edge
Marking pencil/Hera Marker/Tailor’s Chalk
Please note: material packages are shipped on an insured, trackable delivery service. Any customs duties, delays, lost or undeliverable packages are the responsibility of the customer. Once a material package leaves the workshop tutors' hands with a tracking number, the seller has no further obligation to the buyer.
The workshop will be recorded and the recording will be shared with you after the workshop. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places are non-refundable. However, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org.