English smocking is an old style of clothing construction.  While its actual origin has been lost in history, early examples date to the 1100’s.  The smocking is made by forming hundreds of tiny pleats and then embroidering a design on top of the pleats.   It is an art form that has been passed down through generations.  The examples below are made from soft cotton batiste.  The dresses are finished with french seams.  Each dress takes approximately 50 hours to make.  Some commissions accepted.