Saturday, June 26, 2010

Smocked Bishop Gown

I call this style of bishop my cheater bishop.......because only the front section is smocked. I know it isn't as pretty as a full smocked bishop, but when you don't have a lot of time, it certainly is a nice alternative. I needed yet another baby shower gift and with summer here, I just don't have as much time to sew. So I whipped this up yesterday. Sorry for the lousy photos...I just snapped them real quick this morning before I wrapped it up. My focusing isn't very sharp on either one!
It is just used Pink Imperial Broadcloth. You can find it for a great price here. Then a little French lace from my stash. So this sort of design is fairly inexpensive to make and is a great present. I just used a regular bishop pattern and instead of smocking the top of the sleeves and the back pieces, I just gathered them and attached them to the bias neckline as usual.
Have a wonderful weekend! :o) Angela


  1. Gosh how quik you make them it takes me about a week to make one ,l like the cheat a very good idea and the gown is so lovely .

  2. Great tip, Angela! It still is very pretty. Aren't the Grace Knott nighties smocked just like this too? Someone gave me her pattern and told me it was very fast to smock for baby gifts and you just confirmed it. I will try it soon!

  3. Hi! I love the bishop smock dress! Do you sell them? Have a shop?
    Im looking fo an affordable take home outfit for baby #2.
    If you could, please email me at

    Thanks so much for your time!