Thursday, February 26, 2015
Picture Smocking On A Bishop
It is always nice when the dress you envisioned turned out like you...envisioned! A green gingham bishop style dress, trimmed with pink rickrack and pictured smocked bunnies. Picture smocking works well on this style dress as long as you limit the number of pictures, which in this case would be the bunnies. Three is a nice number without being overwhelming.
Things to note: The bunnies were centered on the front and close enough together that I didn't have to picture smock on the shoulder seam. Instead of a row of cable stitches right below the neckband, the cable row was moved up and is covered by the neckband. Not only did this give the dress an uncluttered look, it was much easier not having to line the neckband up perfectly to a smocked row. A five step Trellis stitch was used for the pink and white smocking at the bottom and a cable stitch was used for the back smocking on the wrong side of the fabric.