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English Smock by Folkwear

English Smock by Folkwear

Smocks have been worn by rural laborers as protective overgarments for hundreds of years. The technique of hand-smocking evolved from the way many of these early garments were fitted, sized, and embellished.

English Smocks were most widely worn during the late 18th century. Shepards donned the sturdy garments while traveling unpaved roads. Butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and farmers wore smocks for work, and many had “best” smocks (usually white) as well, for Sundays, special occasions, and to make a good impression at the annual Hiring Fairs. Today, smocks are favored by artists, craftspeople, and fashionable folk everywhere.

Sizing: Children’s 2-12; Misses 6-20; Men’s 30-42


SKU: 221 English Smock Categories: , , , ,

The Round Smock is mid-calf length and slips over the head. For children, the smock is knee-length. The smock Frock has a button-front opening and is tunic length.

Both versions may be hand-smocked on front, back, and sleeves, or easily "mock-smocked" by machine with elastic. Instructions and designs for smocking and embroidery are included inside pattern.

Suggested Fabrics: Soft medium-weight fabrics with some drape such as cotton or other natural fibers in challis, broadcloth, corduroy, or flannel. For an authentic look, choose white or undyed linen or a linen blend like Essex.

Amount Needed: See yardage requirements photo

Sewing Experience Level: Confident



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