One of the fabrics used for my first sew-together bag really intrigued me. I wondered how it would look like pleated for a bishop and what thread color would be best. Cottage Needleworks had closed so I searched the internet and finally found the fabric.
Using Chery Williams Basic Bishop pattern, I cut out and pleated the fabric. However, I still had a blank for the thread color. Finally I went to The Smocking Bird for some suggestions. They suggested a color I never would have chosen but it looked great. The fabric is an old fashioned type print so the thread color needed to be a muted but strong color. DMC thread color 3712 was a perfect choice.
Using a strong color, I didn’t want to use an overpowering smocking design. Using the Lacey plate by Ellen McCarn, I kept it simple and allowed the fabric to show through the smocking design.
One of the best things about an angel sleeve dress, when summer is over and the weather turns cool, you can wear it with a turtleneck and tights. It is a year round dress!