Susies' Ready-to-Smock Clothing - Authorized Chery Williams Designs
Orders are suspended due to Susie's temporary hiatus from the world of sewing. We wish her the best and pray for a speedy recovery.
Total Beginner to Smocking? Not sure what it is or how it is done?
For detailed information about what smocking is and how it is done please
read this page What is Smocking first and
come back to here to order, if you wish.
Ready to smock is a concept that came into existence when some very smart women
figured out that you could pre-construct your pleated dresses first, do the
smocking and then take the pleating threads out. This is very appealing as a
concept for when you are done smocking you're basically done with the dress
except for blocking and the hemline to finish. To help you on your journey we offer
several books on basic smocking instruction (listed below, click
here) as well as smocking design plates from several
smocking designers. See Smocking
Plates we carry. We also offer pre-pleated
inserts for practicing your stitches.
If you have never done smocking before you will need needles (we recommend
Darner's #7), floss (DMC or ANCHOR are the best) and an
instruction manual that has smocking designs
included or a smocking design called a
Smocking Plate (which is printer terminology,
refers to a book plate in color). We do recommend that if this is your
first venture into smocking that you get an instruction manual rather than
try to wing it with just a smocking plate. Any of the books listed
at the end of this page are excellent choices in helping you on your
journey to teach yourself how to do English Smocking. It's quite easy
but takes a little time to teach your hands and mind how to do it.
In stock Ready to Smock Items
On today's menu we have two offerings ready to go out the door today.
Both are button down front bishop dresses for girls.
Size 3 is in hot Sizzle Pink and Size 6 is in lovely Shadow Blue.
Both would look lovely smocked in white with pearls
or added bullions in complimentary shaded colors matching the base color.
Insert for Smocking
We have available white inserts (Imperial Broadcloth)
The needle of choice is the Darner #7 due to it's long shaft
which helps in adjusting your smocking stitches if needed.
Our policy is very simple, if no one has a pleater near
you or if you are tired of picking up the dots and want
to get down to smocking we can pleat for you. Give us a call to arrange 707-701-1356 or 707-995-4042
Our fees are simple:
$4.95 for up to 9 rows
$5.95 for up to 16 rows
$7.95 up to 24 rows
$10.00 for pleating a bishop dress (you sew the sleeves to the back and front, leave side seams open
$18 for construction and pleating
Postage is additional, just send us the same amount
of postage as you paid. Turn around time is usually 48 hours,
unless your fabric breaks a needle or
is one of those difficult projects - then we take the time needed to complete
the job, just let us know if you are in a hurry. Oh and if your project
breaks a needle then we have to charge $1.10 per needle.
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