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!

You can find the new multi-size pattern here

(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.)