Bishop dresses are a classic look for a baby or toddler and they are fairly easy to make. My daughters wore them all the time. There are many fabric options for bishops as well as smocking design options.
For this bishop dress, I went with pink satin batiste with a simple geometric design in the same color as the dress. With the tone on tone design, the embroidery is more the focal point of the dress. If the smocking had been done using a different color thread, it would have distracted from the embroidery and been too busy.
The pattern is from Chery Williams Baby Bishops and the smocking plate is Olivia Grace by Ellen McCarn, with the embroidery added. With the roses in the same color scheme as the basic geometric and dress, I decided to add some periwinkle forget-me-knots for a contrast.
I bought the fabric and lace at Farmhouse Fabrics in Beech Island, SC, at a Region 3 SAGA Meet Up. We had a wonderful time meeting each other and shopping. The selection is wonderful and I highly recommend a field trip to Farmhouse Fabrics. The link to their website is here. There was also a wonderful article about Farmhouse Fabrics in the first issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.
Here is the finished dress. Let me know what you think.
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