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Smocking Stencils for Amazing Texture and Special Effects

Jun 6th 2022

Calling all sewists, cosplayers, and more! Smocking no longer has to be a guessing game (especially for beginners) with these helpful stencils by Maggie Hofmann, award-winning cosplayer and author of Smocking Secrets.

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Yes, these stencils can be used to make traditional children's clothing. Yes, they can be used to create perfect, even smocking stitches for historical applications.

But . . . don't let your ideas end there. Wait 'til you see the amazing ideas for using smocking to add texture and dimension to costumes and cosplay—you won't believe the creative possibilities. Let your creativity go wild!

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Photo: Topher Oriel

Costume: Based on the character of Yasha from Critical Role

Lattice smocked bodice, made and worn by Jobie Lee

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Photo: Kerstin VanHuss

Costume: Original design by The Wizard Tailor based on the character of Merlin from The Sword in the Stone

Lattice smocked panels, made and worn by The Wizard Tailor

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Photo: Alexandra Lee Studios

Costume: Design by Sunset Dragon based on the character of Ysera from World of Warcraft

Arrow-smocked sleeves, made and worn by Eveille Cosplay

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Photo: Dan Arango

Costume: Based on the character of Sabrina from The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina

Sleeves and skirt featuring shell smocking, made and worn by Archaic Costumes

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Photo: Alexandra Lee Studios

Costume: Original design by author based on the character of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

Arrow-smocked sleeves made and worn by the author, Maggie Hofmann

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Photo: Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

Costume: Original design by Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay based on the character Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time

Inserted panels of lattice smocking in the skirt of a dress by Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

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Photos: Elemental Photography and Design

Costume: Original design by Sarcasm-himé based on the character Crowley from Good Omens

Appliquéd arrow smocking in the snake detail, made and worn by Sarcasm-himé

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