Thursday, July 26, 2012

My First Smocked Bishop Dress

It took a while for me to like bishop dresses, but as I kept seeing them on other blogs, I grew to really like them.  Some things take time to like.  So now I've made one for Juliet.  I started back in June.

It was a learning process.  I followed Sewnsew's  tutorial and checked out other websites also for detail and instructions.  I used the Children's Corner bishop pattern and bought a lawn fabric.  It is a very lightweight fabric and went through the pleater easily with the serged seams.

I still have things to practice in my smocking.  The neck edge is not good.  I ripped it out my piping and did it three times.  But the smocking up there also needs improvement.

The sleeves don't come together as tightly as the yoke.  I guess that's the way it's supposed to be. I do have someone in my quild who smocks and helps me, but she's never done a bishop dress.

Juliet loves to smile and laugh, but when I'm holding a camera in front of my face, that's just not the same thing as me making faces at her.  So she just looks.  She is a precious child of God.

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  1. Nice dress, sweet baby and lovely quilt - what a trio.

  2. Absolutely beautiful!! It is the perfect baby girl dress.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  3. So pretty!! I'm impressed with anyone who does smocking. It enchants me. :) And from my childhood memories, don't you worry one bit - Juliet doesn't want those sleeves to come tight!

  4. So pretty, Juliet, the dress and also the quilt under her.

  5. Beautiful--the dress and Juliet. Your sewing skills are amazing. I know what you mean about the camera.

  6. Wow, what a treasure! I had a secondhand smocked dress for my baby girl, and I treated it so carefully. Yours is beautiful—I can't believe you made it!

  7. That is lovely, well done you. And Juliet is so sweet.

  8. That is an absolutely lovely dress!


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