Join us for a special in-person weekend workshop in Zenzie Tinker’s Brighton conservation studio and learn everything you need to know to start designing and making your own traditional and contemporary smocked garments.
The technique of smocking can trace its British origins back as far as the Middle Ages. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was most commonly found on labourers' smocks, due to its ability to be both form-fitting and flexible. The technique and garment have since become more or less synonymous, but of course the technique itself can be used in any garment for shaping or decoration and is being taken forwards by 21st century designers and hobbyists everywhere.
Over the course of the weekend you will learn both the practical techniques of smocking and how to use it to design and make your own smocked garments.
The workshop will include:
Day 1: HOW TO SMOCK Hazel Arnott (Royal School of Needlework, National Trust and long-term ZTC team member) will teach you: - Different methods to pleat your fabric and a range of embroidery stitches suitable for smocking - A look at historic examples of traditional smocks in the ZTC study collection - A tour around the fascinating ZTC textile conservation studio
Day 2: WHERE TO SMOCK Alice and Lilia (Alice & Co Patterns, V&A) will teach you: - How to measure and draft a dartless block to your own personal measurements (bodice + sleeve) - How and where to add the extra fabric to give shape and volume by smocking - How to incorporate historical smocking into contemporary designs
Lunch & refreshments Lunch will be provided by local favourites Sunbird Deli (vegan and vegetarian options available). Teas, coffee and biscuits will also be provided to keep you powered through the weekend!
About the tutors Hazel Arnott | Following a BSc in Archaeology from the University of York, Hazel undertook an apprenticeship in hand embroidery in 2002 at the Royal School of Needlework. In 2007 she completed an MA in the Conservation of Textile and Tapestries in Historic Interiors from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum in association with the Historic Royal Palaces. After working for the National Trust, Hazel joined Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2009 as a freelance member of the team.
Alice & Co Patterns | Alice & Co Patterns are a mother and daughter team, Alice and Lilia, based in London. Alice is a designer, pattern cutter and teacher, with over 30 years experience making fabulous made-to-measure clothes for women under her label Alice & Co. Lilia has been making her own clothes since she could thread a needle, and now works as a Textile Conservation Display Specialist at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Location The ZTC spacious central Brighton studio is just a few minutes from Brighton station, or 10 minutes from the A27 with nearby parking.
Studio E, Level 7 North New England House New England Street Brighton BN1 4GH
How to download your Alice & Co Pattern
Alice & Co patterns are provided in three different page formats and are designed to be printed in colour.
Once you have purchased your pattern you will be given a download link. This will also be emailed to you so don't worry if you don't want to download it straight away!
The download will consist of a zip file containing 4 separate PDF files:
1x Pattern Instructions 3x Patterns in A0, A4 and US Letter sizes
*Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully before printing!*
For A4/US Letter: it is vital to make sure your pattern prints at full scale or the sizing will not be correct. Your print settings should be set to 'full scale', '100%', 'actual size' or equivalent according to your printer software.
There are two test squares on the first page of every pattern: a 5cm and a 2" square.
Print only this page first and check your square measures up, before printing the rest of the pattern.
For A0 copy shop: follow the instructions given by your chosen copy shop. Services are also available online - we recommend Patternsy - who print on lightweight tissue paper with very speedy delivery to anywhere in the world! Once you have purchased your pattern from us, simply click on the link above to go to their website and follow the steps to upload your pattern.
Comment télécharger votre patron Alice & Co Pattern
Les patrons d'Alice & Co patterns sont fournis dans trois formats de page différents et sont conçus pour être imprimés en couleur.
Une fois que vous aurez acheté votre patron, vous obtiendrez un lien de téléchargement. Celui-ci vous sera également envoyé par e-mail, donc ne vous inquiétez pas si vous ne souhaitez pas le télécharger immédiatement !
Le téléchargement consistera en un fichier zip contenant 4 fichiers PDF distincts :
1x Instructions pour le patron
3x Patrons dans les formats A0, A4 et US Letter
*Lisez attentivement les instructions qui suivent avant d’imprimer votre patron !*
POUR LES FORMATS A4 / US LETTER : il est indispensable d’imprimer votre patron à 100%, sinon la taille ne sera pas correcte. Vos paramètres d'impression doivent être "pleine échelle" "100%", "taille réelle" ou un paramètre équivalent selon votre logiciel d'impression.
Il y a deux carrés de test sur la première page de chaque patron : un carré de 5 cm et un carré de 2 pouces. N'imprimez d'abord que cette page et vérifiez que votre carré est bien à la bonne taille, avant d'imprimer le reste du patron.
POUR LE FORMAT A0 : suivez les instructions données par votre imprimeur. Des services sont également disponibles en ligne.