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Novelty Bishop~A Novel Technique

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This little novelty bishop and two others were loaned to a friend many years ago.  I had forgotten all about them until they were returned last week.  Of course, they will end up in the closet of our toddler granddaughter, Vivian Rose, though most of them will have a bit of a wait until she grows into them.

Vivi will probably be 4 or 5 before she wears this classic plaid school dress.

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Excuse the ugly section of my potting shed shown in the background.   It really is nicer than that.  See here.


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Novelty Bishops


Some time ago, I posted an article entitled Liberty Goat Dress.  That garment is what I call a novelty bishop, which is a  fun, innovative variation on the classic bishop dress.  It simplifies pleating and solves the difficulties of smocking on plaids, Liberty of London tanna lawn and other prints.  Or it can simply combine two solids for a different look.

This post features a different garment but the same  technique, explained in what I think is a clearer manner.  I hope it is useful to you.




This variation substitutes a solid colored fabric for the smocked portion of the garment.  A plaid novelty bishop school dress can be smocked at the solid colored yoke with picture smocking or the colors in the plaid.   Picture smocking on plaids would otherwise be an serious challenge.

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