Smocked Organza Dress

Voluminous and delicate like fairy-floss, with diamond smocked panels at the front and back. Smocking is a technique which employs special embroidery stitches over fine pleats, allowing for stretch and movement to remain in the panel. See that the size of the smocked diamonds changes with movement of the wearer. The technique dates back to the Middle Ages, where it was adorned on garments worn by labourers. I make the pleats using a ‘smocking pleater’, a small metal device which forces fabric through gears and onto curved needles. My device is from the ‘60s. The smocked opera dress is made from deadstock organza, a crispy and structured silk, with a slight sheen. All seams are French or bound, and there is a single button loop closure.

Jana wears the smocked opera dress in a navy silk deadstock organza (sample). Underneath, she wears a lime green bias slip, also made by AP.

Made to order.

12 weeks for construction. This piece is time intensive due to the intricate smocking of the panels.

This style can be made in any colour. Contact me for customisations.