For the many creative people out there, I’m sure you can imagine HOW MANY clothes I have ruined by getting consumed with a project (be it painting or whatever) 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.
After more than 2 years I’m afraid that this pattern is no longer available as a free download. Due to popular demand you are now able to purchase a multi-size pattern with fully illustrated instructions from the Sew Different shop.
My artist’s smock has a loose body with three quarter length sleeves and a little stand up neckline (Jackie Onassis style). The giant pockets are perfect for keeping your paintbrushes / bobbins / scissors in.
The fabric I have used is from Fabworks. It is 100% cotton and has a great thick canvas feel – absolutely perfect for a hardwearing smock. Available in 2 colours – the gorgeous coral that I have used (it looks almost red in the 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.
I love this casual and practical and I can see it would look great in lots of different fabrics, not just a heavy weight cotton or traditional denim. Our new pattern cover smock is made in a fabulous handprinted velvet – a one-off piece from a craft fair. Now I’ve made it I’m not sure I actually want to get paint all over it. Maybe I’ll just wear it!
(I love this photograph of Lucien Freud in his studio but can’t help feeling that he would have painted better if he’d been wearing a Sew Different smock.)