Lattice Smocking Tutorial

I made this tutorial as part of my Padmé AOTC robe project.

First thing to know about smocking is that it will eat up your fabric, and it reduces your fabric length by 50%. The smocking pattern used on the movie goes by many names: lattice, North American, Canadian smocking.

  • First: You make a grid across the areas you want to smock. You can find more on that grid here, but it’s essentially making dots 1-2 inches away and then drawing cascading, alternating lines that looks like rube goldberg machine. You can use fabric safe stuff to mark, but I 100% used a black Sharpie.
  • Second: Get your thread ready. I used four-ply cotton thread that I waxed.
  • Third: Work way down fabric and sew the dot to dot with lines between, then tie a knot. Sew to next dot (no line should be between the last stitch and this dot), stitch and tie knot, leaving thread loose. Repeat down lines.

You can watch the tutorial in action here:


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