Thursday, December 20, 2012

Failed: My First Smocked Bishop

There are no words, people. No. Words.

Remember the smocked bishop I mentioned in this post?

My friend Emilee suggested taking off the neck binding, threading a needle through the top of the pleats, and gathering the neck tighter. (My mom suggested that, too. "Nooooo," I moaned in response. "Well, hang it in the closet and she can wear it in a few years," she offered.)

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I'm giving it another go.

Wish me luck.

9 comments:

  1. Great attitude to wait a few weeks. I do think there must be something you can do - the colours are so pretty against her gorgeous skin...and you have put a lot of work into it...J

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  2. Could you maybe thread some lines of shiring elastic through by hand? or tack on some fatter elastic around the neck hole to bring in in that extra inch but still be stretchy?

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    1. Hmmm. . . That may mess with the alignment of the smocking since it joins right at the back. The tricky part is making sure the pleats aren't flattened. I have to sew the neck band on by hand. It's worth considering, for sure!

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  3. Oh, and I love the way it looks- the colours and the way the pattern on the fabric gathers together into chevrons.

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  4. Well...it's definitely not a complete fail! I definitely think the only way to fix it is to take that neck binding off and rerun your pleating threads. The smocking looks great! I can't see your pattern up close (LOVE the geometric pattern), but what was your first "row"? Did you have a row of cable stitches as the first row? That is pretty standard with most smocking plates/patterns. It's a good stitch for keeping things tight and shaped, but still a bit stretchy. Does that make sense? As you smock a bishop, your top rows of smocking will be tighter/closer together than your bottom rows.

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    1. It wasn't cable stitches, but it should have been. I went into this one blind like I usually do. With smocking I've learned I can't teach myself. Fortunately Martha Pullen has a great DVD that I've since purchased.

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  5. My niece is beautiful

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