The Gloriana silk being used to smock Ilse's bishop dress is so yummy, I just want to eat it up. The colors are soft, complementing the fabric perfectly to my eye. Using three strands to smock is just right. I have made up this pattern before, but with different fabric and floss, the look is very unique.
The unevenness you see in the pleating/smocking is the seam where the sleeves meet the front and back. I'm skipping the pleat at the seam so that when the dress is finished and the pleating threads are removed, that seam will disappear.
This week is crazy busy with softball practices for Kirsten and the beginning of an extra-curricular Shakespeare class on Wednesday evening for my school-age kids, and of course, Bunco, orthodontist appointment, dentist appointment, AHG field trip, and preparation for egg-dyeing with my grandchildren on Saturday. My head is spinning!