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Smocking Goes Wild!

Feb 10, 2011

I was thinking about how smocking has changed in the last couple of years. In the past, brands would focus on the smocking “plate” as they call it. The plate is the design of an object, person, or thing that is smocked on the outfit: monkeys, Christmas trees, zoo animals, or candy canes, ect. The fabric of the outfit used to be mainly ginghams, seersuckers, or corduroy. But now, most of our favorite smocking brands (Le Za Me, Zuccini, Anavini, Amanda Remembered to name a few) are focusing on the fabric of the outfit and letting the smocking be more of a geometric pattern. (A geometric pattern is mostly the smocking of lines and rosebuds instead of a picture.)  We now see more companies actually making their own fabrics that’s exclusive to their brand. Amanda Remembered and Le Za Me are a couple that come to mind.

In smocking, bright colors are in! Florals are in too! Wild graphics are in as well! At the last market I attended, Le Ze Me actually featured a gray with bright yellow and hot pink flowers bishop! It was beautiful and stood out because of the use of colors. Last season, Amanda Remembered had a lime zebra bishop with Santa Claus! We are just now seeing that smocking doesn’t neccessarily mean pink or blue ginghams. It means cool fabrics with vibrant colors and patterns. So this summer, shop That Store for smocking and go a little wild!

Le Za Me Floral Bishop

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