Tuesday, February 23, 2010

McCoya's Bishop Completed!

One more bishop under my belt but this one had some new twists. For the first time I used variegated floss, something I will definitely be doing again. I have learned that it will be much more effective on a solid than a print, however, and that the print and various floss coloration can contribute to a look of "imperfection" for lack of a better word. But I am very happy overall with this little dress, and even happier that I have beat out McCoya's birth which is due NOW.
Another first was to finally try making smocked pockets that were previously just figments. I was worried about the shape and I wanted a curved "bellows" effect. By cutting the bottom edge of the pocket in the shape of a boat or crescent moon, if you will, it came out just the way I wanted. It did take some fiddling to get it to lay right and puff but ended up as imagined. So now I have another tool hanging from the tool belt. Yippee!
 
Another first was using that new "Cotton" method of making double fold bias with no bulk at the ends. Wow, am I happy with that technique. Move over tools, another needs to hang on the belt. I highly recommend you try this method.
Next, and while not new to me, I am pretty sure it is the first time I show this on the blog. Take a good look at the back closure. I am using hair elastics for the button loops. They are caught between the dress and facing edge. This pattern doesn't call for a facing, but folding the SA to a mere 3/8 inch width twice, the usual "heirloom" way. Sorry, I don't like that., just not quite wide enough for me. I cut a strip of fabric, fused it to Formflex, put the elastics in between, and stitched it at 1.0, backtacking at the elastics. They are in there nice and tight. Somewhere, maybe a dollar store, I picked up a huge bag of elastics in every color you could imagine and have used them many times. Give it a shot. It's easy. I do not like these buttons. Once they were all on I found them too big, perfect color and shape, but too big. So tomorrow I will see what the local JA's brings and change them out. After that it will be a pretty box and a big bow and off it goes.
Next, probably not till this weekend, will be finishing the Oatmeal jacket. I have to get that out of the way just so I can say I didn't waste my time on it. I know it wasn't a waste of time as it was my muslin. Then it is on to the next big adventure......Bunny


22 comments:

  1. Oh, it is just so sweet! I love the fabric print, and the pockets are perfect. I've used that elastic trick on DD's nightgown closure, and I love it, too.

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  2. Oh lovely! I love the shape of the pockets!

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  3. That's a lovely little dress. As alwaysk your workmanship is perfect.

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  4. Beautiful dress and the pockets were the perfect touch. I like the solid pink binding too. I felt as if I should be smelling lavender while looking at this pretty dress.

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  5. It is just beautiful, and I love the pockets too. Where did you find the instructions for making the bias tape "Cotton" method?

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  6. Shirley, that method for the bias I picked up on Nancy Zieman's program last week. Scroll back two posts and there is a tutorial on it.

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  7. Thanks, Bunny. Somehow I missed that one.

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  8. Gorgeous! BEAUTIFUL WORK!
    Sophie

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  9. bunny it is just beautiful!!! I love your little smocked pocket idea!!! entered you in my drawing!!!

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  10. Bunny, your bishop dress is adorable. When I finish some of my projects, I'm going to make one and put pockets on it too. Also, I'm going to try your bias neck edge. Yours came out perfectly. Gita/Gigi

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  11. i love the dress! The fabric is really pretty. I like the variegated thread and I agree that it would be really pretty on a solid color, too! I think the pockets are adorable. I've used hair elastics as button closures before, but I hadn't thought of using them on a little bishop like this. I may use that idea on the two I'm working on right now. Thanks for the idea.

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  12. Every little girl needs a dress just like this!

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  13. Very, very sweet and just says, "Spring!".

    I love the elastics idea. It would work well for adult clothes, too, since the buttons tend to be larger.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! What perfect work. The dress looks fantastic.

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  15. This pretty little frock reminds me of a Monet watercolor, Bunny!
    You are such a perfectionist...I think the buttons work just fine! I will be keeping an eye out for some cute ponytail holders, too. The stretch factor in them might give a few extra months of comfortable wearing to an outfit. :)

    fondly,
    Rett

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  16. Your little dress is so pretty and I love the pockets.

    I have been sewing(taught by my mother)since I was about 8. But didn't get into smocking until my youngest was born. I'm not very good at the french handwork, but I loveit and try to put touches of it on some of the dresses I make.

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  17. This is a beautiful dress! You make me wish that my daughters were young again!

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  18. Lovely dress, Bunny.
    There was a pattern for pockets very similar to these "back in the day", but I can't remember who the designer was. I'm pretty sure I either have a pattern with them, or a magazine with an article and pattern. On the elastic closure, will you put a tiny snap at the very top? I've seen these used, I think it was on a "Sewing with Nancy" episode also. I probably would have never thought to use them on a bishop, but I really like it!

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