Folkwear 221 English Smock in 2 Lengths Sewing Pattern for Men, Women & Children


Folkwear Sewing Pattern 221
English Smock

Includes Adult sizes Small, Medium and Large
and Children's sizes 2-4-6-8-10-12

Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.

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. Shepherds donned the sturdy garments while tending their flocks; carters and wagoners used them as dustcoats 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.

Originally a man's garment, the loose-fitting smock is sized for women as well as men. We couldn't resist sizing the Round Smock for children as well.

The Round Smock is mid-calf length and slips over the head. For children, the smock is knee-length.

The Smock Front 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.

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