smock it to me

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I know, it’s a miracle, I actually sewed something! I could have posted this a few days ago, but I was concerned that it might get mistaken for a Halloween costume. This poor tunic endured all sorts of insults prior to its completion! Peter saw me working on it, and mind you, there was A LOT of fabric, quite billowy and such, so he asked me, “Are you going to paint in that? It looks like a painter’s smock.” The next day he commented that it would be a nice nightgown. Then, a friend was over, and she asked if it was my sister-wife uniform.
Well, the tunic is done now, and I have to say I really like it. I used nani iro double gauze from my stash, and dang I love that double gauze! It is so warm and soft and cozy.
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The pattern is from this Korean craft book, and yup, it’s that tunic on the cover. (You can read more about this book and how to order it at this post.) I don’t read any Korean, so I just had to study the diagrams and hope for the best. I made a size medium, since that is what I used before, but I think I should have opted for small in this particular pattern. Like I said, it was VERY FULL AND FLOWY, like Omar the tentmaker flowy.
So that I would not blow up and away like a silver weather balloon, I stitched in three rows of elastic in the back as demonstrated by my clever friend angry chicken. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results of that trick! The top part uses elastic thread in the bobbin for that shirred look, and the neckline has elastic threaded into it with a button closure (that was kind of a hassle). I just used a rolled-edge hem because I am lazy, but I also like the look of it. This called for fancier cuffs on the sleeves, but hey, I am lazy as well as impatient.
Hope everyone had a nice Halloween! We didn’t get very many trick-or-treaters, so now I have a boatload of full-size candy bars calling to me from the other room. It’s very dangerous.

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21 Responses to smock it to me

  1. chez shoes says:

    That smock looks super comfy and cute. And are those Vivo Barefoot boots?

  2. gaile says:

    oo that turned out super cute! I love it with the Wellies. :)

  3. megan says:

    That is a darned cute smock! The whole ensemble is quite adorable. I found a pic of you earlier today and you are so gorgeous! Really photogenic.

  4. melissa f. says:

    oh omar, you are looking hot.

  5. sally says:

    SO cute, Mariko!

  6. freecia says:

    I love how you took a photo with the orange wheelbarrow. The smock rocks but the wheelbarrow and boots? Totally makes the photo. So mysterious and idyllic, with your eyes above the frame.

  7. Jan says:

    Love it! The pocket detailing is especially nice and I think it looks great on. I agree, some of those smock-y tops are so appealing in the photos, but somehow fall flat (or rather, look too poufy) in the wearing. Not this one…it’s a hit.

  8. sil says:

    Well, I think Peter is off base on this one, I like it. You could even wear it with leggings and boots because you made it a good length. I must look for the nani iro, I’m intrigued.

  9. Holly says:

    This is great. This is adorable!

  10. Seanna Lea says:

    It looks really cute. Definitely something that could be worn with leggings.

  11. Jennifer says:

    It’s adorable! I love it. It almost make me want to go do some yardwork – lovely picture.

  12. That’s a great looking smock! Looks very comfy and stylin’. Good job.

  13. Susan says:

    I like it! The fabric is really cute! And I think the picture, with your boots and the wheelbarrow and the garden and all, looks very Asian craft magazine/the imaginary life I sometimes dream about where I have a garden full of fresh herbs and collard greens and my cushion covers are all hand sewn or knitted. It’s cute!

  14. very cute smock! looks really comfortable.. i especially like the whole outfit with the boots and jeans :)

  15. Jennifer says:

    I love that smock! It looks so cute and comfy – I am looking for a pattern a lot like that but I am not brave enough to try one without english instructions.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I love that smock! It looks so cute and comfy – I am looking for a pattern a lot like that but I am not brave enough to try one without english instructions.

  17. oh, it looks just fabulous on you… it’s a look that you carry off well…
    and I love how the flowers in the print match with the wheelbarrow….

  18. Peggy says:

    Koreans love shapeless. God forbid we should show any body contours or skin.

  19. Ansley says:

    i think that is adorable!!

  20. Berry says:

    You’d be pretty bohemian-chic wearing that tunic in San Francisco (yes, that’s a compliment ;)

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