My copy of the July/August Issue of Sew Beautiful just arrived and in it is a fun variation on a smocked bishop that I designed.
Heck, just because I’m nice there isn’t even a pattern – the dress is marked and cut directly from the cloth. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
However, despite the thorough editing process, there’s are two small typos that you should be aware of in the instructions.
When you are marking in preparation for the honeycomb smocking, the directions have you mark the vertical and horizontal lines first and then cut a narrow wedge from the top edge of the front piece to compensate for the hem dip. This is out of order and will cause problems during the smocking. Instead, mark the vertical lines on the front and back, then cut the wedge from the dress, then mark the horizontal lines. Make sure as you mark the horizontal lines that they are perpendicular to the top edge. On the back, they will run straight across but on the front they will follow the lowered front, which now has a slight angle. If you do it the way the magazine article specifies, you will end up cutting off some of the dots you need to form the honey comb and causing yourself needless frustration.
During the application of the neck binding, it lists the length of the bindings a 17″ (sz2), 16″ (Sz 3) and 15″ (sz 4) – the lengths should be 15″ (sz 2) and 17″ (sz 4) – the shortest length for the smallest size, the longest for the largest.
And for those of you who garden, I’ve also got a free pattern in May/June issue of Creative
It’s a vintage inspired one piece gardening apron made of canvas. It’s great not only for working in the garden but for any of those messy jobs that just seem to get grime everywhere – spring cleaning and scrubbing the floors are always messy jobs.