What's on the table Now?
Ok, It's not original, in fact, I'm not even the first to copy it. But I've been dreaming about copying it since last Spring, so I'm just going to do it. Claudine did such a fabulous job, that I was a little intimidated to try, but, I'm really liking the process.
I'm using the same pattern as a starting point that Claudine used. And, If I can pull it off, this will be the pattern that I enter into the One Pattern Multiple Look contest on PR. Dont know if I'll make it with the time constraints though.
The original, by Bottega Venetta
The fabric, an Italian Cotton shirting picked up from The Wool House, a Toronto based fabric store that sells beautiful Italian fabrics, including Zegna. I'll have to get a detail closeup of the fabric, it's a very small herringbone stripe with two different colors of blue, and then there is the red pinstripe every 1/2 inch.
I had thought to stop the smocking before reaching the neckline - but now I see why B-V took it all the way up. I drew lines (chalk) on the shoulders, thinking I might take up some of the slack there - but I'm NOT liking it, so it will come out and I'll do some subtle pleats at the shoulder. I had thought to just have a triangle of smocking up the back, and leave the last 3" on each side of the side seam plain, but I may change my mind there too, and go back and finish the smocking all across. We;ll see how it plays out.
It had been since high school that I'd done any of the old fashioned dot type American Smocking.
you've got to love the web. I googled smocking and found the directions here.
It still took me a few tries to get my needle in the right place every time.