Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Decisions, Decisions

Before assembling the dress, which involved cutting the bodice now that the smocking is done, and then seaming the bodice sections to the skirt sections, I'm trying to evaluate if I should do a layer of stitches below the last tier of smocking coming off the skirt to make the fullness lay a little more like a pleat and do less of that 'spread' thing that smocking tends to do.
Take a look:
1. Smocking released naturally

2. pleat stitched down by a form of backsmocking
3. full view. stitched down pleats on left side, natural release on right
4. close up
I'm not sure but that the cartridge pleat effect doesn't make the horizontal line more pronounced and therefore less attractive.

Opinions?

21 comments:

sunnyday54 said...

I don't really care for the stitched down pleats. To my eye it leaves something that looks like a roll along the bottom. I love your smocked dress. When I was a little girl, my grandmother made me all sorts of smocked dresses (she was English and a wonderful seamstress). I got so I hated them. Who knew those smocked dresses would grow up to be SO stylish? :-)
Lynda

Lisa Laree said...

Ok, I'm no fashionista, but I think you're right when you say the cartridge pleating makes the horizontal line stronger. I vote for leaving it as is!

Lisa Laree said...

And, btw, this is going to be jaw-dropping gorgeous ;)

Anonymous said...

I think you should leave it as it is and not stitch them down.It looks great! This may be a silly question but do you have to go up a size when you do smocking on a dress?Love your blog!Eithne

jae said...

The pleated stitches look...like ... I don't know ... but something isn't right, or left undone looking, or forced, or well... something. (loads of help, I am, lol - if I actully sewed, I might have a clue that would help) Letting the skirt drape naturaly from the smocked stitches looks much better, imho.

Two weeks to Stitches! Woot!!

julia said...

I like it better without the extra row of stitching. Really pretty.

Juliane said...

Much better without the backsmocking. Gorgeous, by the way.

Tany said...

You are doing great! This will be a breath taking dress! I would vote for the version without the extra row but it is hard to say from a picture. I think trying the dress on will provide you the right answer

carolyndh said...

This dress looks like it will really be a stunning creation. I vote to leave them as they are, I think!

Mardel said...

I seem to be running with the crowd on this one in that from the pictures it looks like the version without the extra row of stitches looks best, but you will really have to see it on.

But my goodness, it is going to be stunning.

Laura said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Can't wait to see it on you, Marji!
And yes, I would leave that extra row out too.
LauraLo

Summerset said...

I say leave out the extra row. It does make the horizontal line more obvious. Part of it might be the horizontal stripe in the fabric, and it might not be as noticeable in a solid. The natural release is what we're used to seeing and has a softer look to it.

Nancy said...

Wow! You're workmanship is just amazing. I don't know if you should add another layer or not.

Beth said...

Wow!

I say, leave it the way it is, unless the bottom row of the smocking pulls. The backsmocking distracted my eye from the smocking (like, "what are those lines down there?").

You've really got something gorgeous going on there!

gaylen said...

Late to the party, just following along, I'm afraid. I say go without the extra backsmocking. It looks great! Can't wait to see it's final debut - g

Marty said...

This is so beautiful. I agree with the others; just let the soft gathers fall.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I'm late here but I like it stitched down...Did you decide yet?

Ann said...

I would leave it unstitched. Doing the extra row is very distracting and I think it makes a little bulge between the last two rows.

I love smocking and did many outfits for my daughter and a friend's great grand daughters. This dress is very stylish and looks so professional. Great work.

Ann

Mary, Mary... said...

There is an extra row in the original BV pic, but I think it's there to 'tame' the pleats. I wouldn't do it. Looks great!

Carrie K said...

I like it stitched down in the original pic but wow. That's some amazing sewing/smocking, Marji.

Linda said...

Wow, the dress is looking great. I like it without the extra row of stitching. But have you tried it on your own figure to see what happens? I can't wait to see it finished.