How to change a bias band on a smocked bishop
You know the dress, hanging in the closet. The one she refuses to wear because it 'chokes' her?
This is after you spent 30 hours smocking it...
HAVE NO FEAR! Help is on the way!
This is the situation...I bought several ready to smock bishops and found the neckline was tight on them. It wasn't the sewist's fault, she was following an old pattern. Bishops used to be really snug at the neck. The current trend is to be looser, not quite like a man's button shirt.
You CAN change a neckline on a bishop in a few easy steps!
Unstitch the neckband from the back. Remove the top button.
Draw a line with the wash away marker equal distant from the top of the smocking stitches.
Hand baste, running 2 Rows of gathering threads through the pleats.
Use a sturdy thread like quilting thread!
This is what it looks like so far.
Next CUT along the sewn bias band! Go ahead!
The pleats are now being held by the newly placed gathering threads!
Now, sew on a new bias neckband to the length your princess deems comfortable!
If you don't have fabric to match, use a contrast in gingham or tiny strip in the colors of the smocking. It will look really cute!
I would have sworn I had a picture of this dress finished with the new neckband but can't find it at the moment. I'll post it when I dig it up.
I looked but didn't find the finished bishop. I used pink microcheck as the replacement bias band.