Smocked Tunic

sometime in the mid-1980's

back of tunic

Pattern: unknown, might not even be a "real" pattern. I have vague memories of seeing the garment in a store or catalogue, liking the look of it and copying it.

This tunic is probably about a size 2 or 3 toddler and was designed to be worn over pants/trousers. I'm pretty sure I made a deep plum corduroy pants to go with it but the pants weren't put in the same cedar chest as the tunic.

close-up of smocking on front


  • stand-up self-ruffle around neckline
  • "double-breasted" front placket with functional buttons
  • high yoke
  • smocked tunic body has a narrow-hemmed self-ruffle at the top where it attaches to the bottom of the high yoke
  • long sleeves with smocking at wrist, resulting in a ruffled cuff.

  • close-up of smocking on back

    Smocking pattern: double Van Dyke in 3 colors. Cable stitches at top to control the ruffle where it attaches to the high yoke.

    close-up of smocking on cuff

    Fabric: now here's a real mystery ... I haven't a clue. It looks sorta like a homespun: a coarse weave with intermittant slubs/tufts.