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A smocked bishop dress, as the heirloom sewing world refers to it, has evolved from the past as a comfortable garment to wear. Also includes instructions for making an insert collar out of contrast fabric.
Actual size is 14" x 14". All other bishop patterns require a separate neckline blocking guide. The bishop style can be made in several ways besides the primary dress.
Here are the many variations of a bishop dress available with the Chery William's Bishop CW Bishop - Girls: or years The bishop dress is one of the staple designs in the smocking world. You really can't go wrong in making one for your little girl. There are so many variations possible depending upon the fabric you use from fancy to a regular dress.
For older girls the waisted and dropwaist bodice styles are especially flattering as well as the smocked bishop blouse. A smocked collar appeared as a variation in the Chery Williams pattern for adding a special touch on a smocked dress.
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It was the fashion in the south to make smocked collars but it was always taught by 'rote' rather than in a pattern, so it was very convenient to have it in pattern form. There are two ways to do a smocked collar upon a bishop dress.
The first is to make it detachable to make a dress more fancy for special occasions. Add a beautiful lace edging to the bottom of the collar piece makes for a lovely mantle effect, perfect in church settings.
Or if you prefer you can pleat the collar along with the dress. This is bit of an advanced technique in pleating as the layers may shift unless you have totally basted the collar to the dress.
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Chery did an excellent job in instructing you on the proper technique. You can also consider a detachable collar as an investment in patience when the gravy spills on the dress because you were able to take it off before dinner. My daughter's favourite dress was one that I found in of all places a chance trip to the Salvation Army.
It was a Liberty of London fabric, tiny floral print in shades of French Blue and Grey with tiny peachy salmon flowers. At the neckline was an attached smocked collar, attached to the neckline of a drop-waisted dress with a ribbon and bow just at the hipline, the skirt flaired out. It fell just below the knee of my tall daughter.
More Smocking Design plates we carry, click here. How did each of these styles evolve? The bishop dress evolved from the bishop neckline worn as nightwear or undergarments.
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The neckline was easily controlled by a string, bias tape or ribbon. Today we can use a combination of elastic or simple bias band, if the neckline is secured or fastened by a button or ribbon.
One of the main differences between the bishop dress and the Basic Square Yoke Dress is how the sleeves are set into the garment and that it is partially constructed by sewing the sleeves to the backs and front before pleating. Here is a basic raglan sleeved garment Folkwears Roumanian Blouse - smocked.
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See how the sleeves are attached to the back and front on an angle? This long piece is sewn together with very tiny french seams, tiny because you need them small in order to send them through the pleater with ease. Bulky seams are the enemy of your pleater needles.
The bishop style, by the way, gives a nice flowing shape to the wearer While the skirt flows from the smocking the yoke is form fitting. Also shown is the full bodice style where the smocking flows from the shoulder seams.
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CW Bishop - Girls: or years The bishop dress is one of the staple designs in the smocking world. Maggies Classics.