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Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/19/2017 2:34:08 AM   
JoyL

 

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Hi, I am wanting to smock Easter dresses for my granddaughters. I found a beautiful neutral batiste, and I'm wanting to overlay it with a neutral lace - smocking the two layers together. Is this possible, and what tips should I be aware of. I have smocked bishops before, just never two layers together.
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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/19/2017 7:48:04 AM   
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Hi, Joy, welcome. If your overlay does not have a finished edge, hem first. Next, lay the overlay over the fabric and then baste the two together. Do this no more than an inch apart. You now have one fabric. Just pleat slowly and all should be alright. Sounds lovely.

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/19/2017 12:32:10 PM   
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Hi Joy. I have done this many times and it works fine. Just baste well. Can't wait to see the finished dresses. Have fun with it.
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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/20/2017 3:56:55 PM   
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Hi Joy! Welcome to the group : ) Your dress sounds lovely...can't wait to see the finished
garment! I love the look of a lace overlay.


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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/26/2017 9:26:55 PM   
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Okay, thanks ladies. One more question.

I have made a few quilts, and have used the quilt basting spray before. Would this be an option for my overlay and fabric?

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 1/27/2017 4:53:25 PM   
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I have done this before many times and I prefer to NOT baste the layers together. It's a physics thing - the 2 layers don't feed through exactly the same. I've had little puckers every once in a while when I baste. I prefer to roll the 2 layers together on the dowel, keeping the upper edge of both lace and fabric aligned perfectly and then begin pleating. Even if you start out with the same length, one of them (usually the lace if it is the bottom layer) ends up being about 1" longer than the fabric layer. I just trim off the extra inch of fabric. This has worked well for me.

I think that Maggie Bunch used the adhesive spray to stick 2 layers of fabric together to pleat. She had a dress on the cover of one of the SB magazines and then did a stitch along. You could always google that and see if you could find her instructions.

As always, there's many ways to reach the end desired product. Let us know how you make out!


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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/7/2017 4:24:27 PM   
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Thanks KathyD. I will look up Maggie Bunch's technique. I remember years ago seeing her post about that dress, but never tried it.
I will post pictures of the finished products :) Wish me luck!

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/7/2017 4:29:34 PM   
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Okay, I know I said one more question already, but, needing your opinion. With these dresses, should I make the sleeves with the lace or with the batiste?
I'm wanting the lace to be all over the dress, but got to thinking about the sleeves, and just needing ya'll's opinions.

Thanks!

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/7/2017 4:36:20 PM   
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KathyD,

Would you happen to have the link to those instructions from Maggie Bunch on the layered bishop she did?

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/7/2017 10:39:08 PM   
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The sew-along was done prior to Dec. 2004 and the dress was called Glacier-Bleu.

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/7/2017 11:13:32 PM   
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Luzenia, How can I find that?


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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/8/2017 9:17:02 AM   
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Joy, try Googleing the "way back machine"

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/8/2017 10:25:56 AM   
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Please do not post incorrect information about my technique. I do not spray baste.

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/8/2017 10:28:31 AM   
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Ladies, the information was published in Sew Beautiful magazine 13 years ago. I explain how to construct and pleat 2 layers together. I do not have the files any more. Maggieb!

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/15/2017 3:18:38 PM   
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Okay Ladies, before I begin the pleating of my dresses.... Would you roll the dress with the lace on top of the batiste "right side up" against the dowel, or with the "wrong side" against the dowel??

I know I'm being very cautious about this thing, but need ya'll's expertise :)

And another thing: Lace sleeves?? or batiste sleeves?? If I go with the lace sleeves, will the lace go through the pleater alone okay?? Or should I use elastic for the sleeves? Or should I just use the lace
for the front and back and use just the batiste for the sleeves? Your opinions are very welcomed and appreciated.

If I can figure out how to upload a picture, I will upload the fabric I am using. Thanks.

I'm using Ellen McCarn's Ultimate bishop pattern.

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/15/2017 7:48:44 PM   
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Joy, I would want to see the overlay on top as it came off the needles, so however you would roll it to make that happen would be my choice. I hope that makes sense. You really choose the fullest bishop pattern.

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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/21/2017 9:39:41 AM   
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Joy, I sent you a PM.
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RE: Smocking layers of fabric together - 2/27/2017 5:26:01 AM   
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Sorry Maggie! I was using my not so stellar memory and though that I remembered you using spray baste. My mistake.

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