I can't believe that I have run my mouth 200 posts worth! Well some people could probably believe it. It is no secret that I have a wealth of opinions. Well worded or timed could be argued, but a wealth of them none the less.
And in starting the new year right, another project finished. It is a shame, it has been smocked and sewn for a few weeks, all it lacked was buttons, buttonholes and a hem. I hate finish work almost as much as I hate prep work. I want to do the fun part.
This little bishop is from a kit featured in Australian Smocking & Embroidery Issue #68. It is made from a poly/cotton winter twill. Originally it was meant to be long sleeved; I will admit I am not a fan of long sleeved bishops. I don't know why, just not. I have used this fabric before here. I love this fabric. It feels like a lightweight flannel because of the brushed nature of the fabric. The only thing I don't like about the fabric is it is hard to hem without showing, so this time I did a tucked hem, it doesn't show that way.
Since it was a kit, the bishop was already preconstructed and pleated.This presented a problem with the sleeve seams. I wasn't going to take the pleating out and start over to achieve seamless pleating. So I improvised. I have said before, "I don't care how you get to Cleveland as long as you get there." When I was smocking it, I jumped the seams with my smocking as much as possible. You see a bit of a "dimple" at the seams, but I prefer that over a lump at the seams. The smocking design is a compilation of several designs. I decided I didn't feel in the mood for the design featured in the magazine for this kit, so I used a combination of Mother of Pearl in AS&E #29 and my own thing and then added a few cast on flowers from Gail Doane's Sew Cute Couture.
This was also the first time I had ever piped a bishop neckline. I love it. Cheryl over at Time-Really-Does-Fly, pipes her bishops all the time and I love the look of them. The kit came with the pink satin piping. I conquered my fear and went for it. I love it.
I think it came out pretty cute. This is for a gift. So the combo of the poly cotton fabric and elasticized sleeves should make it pretty easy care for a new mommy.
I hope you have had time to stitch a bit.