Folkwear 148 Unisex Black Forest Smock



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Buy the 148 Unisex Black Forest Smock sewing pattern from Folkwear. This traditional smock, called a kittel, was 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. The shoulder yokes, pocket welts, neckband, and cuffs were often decorated with chain-stitching, and embroidery designs and instructions are included in the pattern.

The Black Forest Smock can be worn by men as an over-shirt, and by women as a shirt or mid-calf length dress.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Note if purchasing copy shop printing: One of the pattern pieces is divided across two A0 sheets. The A0 sheets will need to be joined with no overlap. 

Suggested fabrics: Soft or crisp fabrics such as linen, homespun, broadcloth, gingham, denim, featherweight corduroy, or lightweight wool.

Fabric requirements: Yardages are given for fabric with or without nap.

Men’s Shirt: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 3/4 – 3 yd (2.5 – 2.7 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 yd (2.1 – 2.3 m).

Women’s Dress: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 3 3/8 – 3 3/4 yd (3.1 – 3.5 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 2 3/4 – 3 yd (2.6 – 2.8 m).

Sizing: Men’s 36 – 44 and Women’s 6 – 16 (approx. UK 4/6 – 12, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread; two buttons for cuffs; materials for optional embroidery.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (36 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets).

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Wools / Suiting

Make time

All day

Sewing level



UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

36 Pages

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