Sunday, January 3, 2010

More About the Bishop Pattern

Before designing the new bishop pattern, I did a bit of research to see how they have changed over the past 60 years. I decided to keep the best of the old and the new! The fit is similar to other modern bishop patterns on the market today, while the length is shorter and there is a little less fullness, like the older patterns.


The instructions are intended for the beginner who has never attempted a bishop, which explains why there are plenty of illustrations and not an overwhelming amount of variations. I learned myself that once you master the basics, then it is easier to get a little more creative. Besides, what is prettier than a basic bishop on a little girl?

View A is designed to open down the back with a continuous placket, tiny buttons and loops. While View B, has a simple placket that buttons all the way down the front.

This is one of those timeless patterns that you will use many times over the years. I started making bishops about 21 years ago when our daughter was born. I loved how easy they were to make and how comfortable she was in them. After she outgrew the style, I was then making them for our niece, baby gifts, and for our local heirloom store. Now I am looking forward to making them for grandchildren in a few years!

7 comments:

AdronsCatherine said...

Just beautiful!

Lynette said...

Hello,thank you for the details on the new bishop pattern. I really like that it will have less fullness as sometimes I feel some of the patterns with more fabric are too overwhelming for the larger sizes.

Will it have an angel sleeve version/instructions?

saludos,

Michie' said...

The new bishop pattern does not have the angel sleeve version. I did not do angel sleeve often, so I really didn't think about it! :)

Pat said...

Thank you for sharing the details of the new bishop. I just love the bishop dresses. I love the smocking design on here. Is it something that you made up, or is it a published one?

thanks,

Rachel said...

Michie, Is the smocking plate used on this bishop published? I love it and would like to use it on a UFO I've pulled from my box. Thanks, Rachel

Anonymous said...

Michie' what is the smocking plate for the white bishop?
Did you ever sharee it?

Erica said...

I am using your pattern to make my first bishop dress! It will be for my daughter's first birthday. I'm picking out fabric tomorrow; that my favorite part! :)

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