November 13, 2020
This traditional smock was called a Kittel, or over-garment, worn by workers in Germany, Switzerland, and France. Soft pleats fall from a wide neckband. Sleeves connect to side panels with gussets and are pleated at the wrists into buttoned cuff bands. Shoulder yokes, pocket welts, neckband, and cuffs were often decorated with chain-stitching (design and instructions are included inside pattern). Our Black Forest Smock can be worn by men as an over-shirt, and by women as a mid-calf length dress or shirt. Use 110 Little Kittel in the Children's Collection to make it for the kids.
Suggested Fabrics: Soft or crisp fabrics such as linen, homespun, broadcloth, gingham, denim, featherweight corduroy, or lightweight wool.
Below are some fabric suggestions from some of our favorite fabric stores. Please note, these suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point. If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.
I love the idea of this loose woven wool blend at Vogue Fabrics. It is nice weight to wear and the print is very versatile for coordinating with other fabrics. Coordinating fabrics could be used for the side panels, shoulder yokes, and/or neck and sleeve cuffs.
We also have some great linens in stock at Folkwear - that would be gorgeous as a Black Forest Smock. They wear well, and are gorgeous backdrops for embroidery. And, check out our embroidery thread too!