This is a simple pattern for a traditional artist’s smock that has been whirling round my head for a while. For the many creative people out there, I’m sure you understand HOW MANY clothes I have ruined by getting absorbed in a project (be it painting or dying) and not bothering to get changed into something practical. I just needed something easy to wear that I could throw on over the top of what I was wearing. So I opted for a design classic that covers everything. The giant pockets are perfect for keeping your paintbrushes / bobbins / scissors in.
The link to the pattern is above. Make sure, when you are printing that your scale is set to 100% (not fit to page). You can print it out on your home printer and stick it together to make one large sheet then cut out the individual pattern pieces. It takes 1.25 m of standard 150cm wide fabric – and it also take 1.25m of the cotton fabric I have used (which is 137cm wide rather than the full 150)
This lovely textured cotton fabric that I have used to make my version of the smock is from Fabworks shop. It is 100% cotton and has a great thick canvas feel – absolutely perfect for an artist’s smock. It comes in 2 colours – the gorgeous coral that I have used (it looks almost red in some pictures but it is much softer in reality) and a dense petrol blue. It costs £5 / metre and you can find it on their online shop as well in the mill shop.
The pattern comes in a UK size 12 – that’s a European size 40, but don’t worry if that’s not you. The pattern is easily adjusted. Have a look at the making a pattern fit page on the Sew Different website and you can find details of how to adjust and by how much for each size. There is also a blog post here that talks you through the process. The pattern is different but the process is the same.
I’m afraid it doesn’t come with instructions but it is really very simple to put together. Put the darts on the front in first, then sew the back to the front across the shoulders, attach the sleeves to the front and back, sew up the sides and then add the collar.
A 1960s style collar like this is very simple to achieve. Just fold the fabric in half along the length and stitch to the neckline of the garment catching all three layers of the fabric together (2 layers of collar and one of neckline.) It’s a very neat and easy finish.
Now I’ve made it I’m not sure I actually want to get paint all over it. Maybe I’ll just wear it!