Wednesday, April 27, 2011

'no bump bishop'

Several weeks ago, my dear friend, Sara Norris, requested that I work up a tutorial on bishops in dealing with those nasty bumps that result from the sleeve seams when you pleat up a bishop. I guess I never really thought too much about it, because I rarely deal with those nasty bumps! I have a trick tho, that I have used for years that results in a "no bump bishop". Since I had to pleat up a bishop for a customer today, I thought I would work up a tutorial and show you my easy little trick. 
The fabric: Dottie White with Black Dots 
by Moda, available from 
The Pleater: Sally Stanley
The Goal: No bumps on the seam lines!
My pointer is showing you where my seam is.
Can you see a bump? I don't think so!
How'd I do that? Keep reading!
My bishop is pleated and I have it on
the blocking board. The pin is set on the 
armhole seam and the pointer is showing
where that seam is. Can you see a bump?
I don't think so! So, how did I do that?
My 'no bump bishop' is ready to smock!
So are you ready to find out how I 
accomplished an invisible seam, resulting
in a "no bump bishop"?
CLICK HERE, but please don't forget to come back
and post a comment on how you liked my tutorial!


The sewing room said...

I realy enjoyed your tutorial,l am of now to have a look at my peice of work l have already smocked and see what it looks like.I love knowing that if l have a query you will have the answer,,,,thank you.

Hugs Pat.

Cynthia Gilbreth said...


Thanks, this is a great tutorial, I'll have to make sure I follow it exactly the next time I pleat a bishop. I always seem to have bumps, but probably because my shoulder seams aren't quite as small as you specify.

Lamm said...

I just recently started smocking, and have tried to serge one of my two bishops. BIG bumps! So thankful for your tutorial! Great work! Can't wait to put it to use.

Gordon said...

How did you know I was looking for just such information !! I love the way to you tease us right to the end to learn your valuable technique ! Love your blog

Emily M said...

I've tried a number of ways for "no-bump" bishops (with varying degrees of success). Can't wait to try your method - it looks great!

Jerry said...

Thank you, Laurie. I'm working on a polka dot bishop currently and my dots aren't straight on the front of all places. :( Now I realize why - the front was cut with an angle down to center front. Phooey. I hope I can get my seams small enough on my next one to be bumpless!!

Cindy Sews said...

That was an awesome tutorial! Your sewing skills are amazing as well as your technical skills at putting together tutorials!!! Thanks so much for the time you spend on doing these tutorials.

Goosegirl said...

Thank you Laurie! I would have never thought to serge a bishop! I will try it. And I love the polka dots! I can't wait to see this biship finished.

Sara said...

this is great!!! and thanks for answering all my other questions I had!!!! I know I need to be doing other things, ubt I have just got to go cut out another bishop and try this!!! LOL

Sewconsult said...

Great lesson. I have been making bishops for almost 30 years. My favorite way to pleat is to do so before seaming anything. Bishops are my favorite style of dress or bubble for babies and toddlers!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Aunt Honey said...

Great tutorial. Is the seam in the sleeve going into the pleater where the seam is, with the serged edge of the seam last, or the other way around? I really can't tell by the picture. Also, do you stitch your seam before you serge it?

Thanks for all your wonderful tips, and for your willingness to share this helpful info.

Aunt Honey said...

Great tutorial! Couple of questions: 1 - do you sew the seam before you serge it? 2 - what end of the seam is going into the pleater? The sewn edge, or the other? I can't tell in the picture.

Thank you for your wonderful tips, and your willingness to share!!

Laurie said...

Aunt Honey, If you go read the pdf file you will get the full tutorial, which explains everything. Fabric is right side up going thru the pleater - seams are pressed toward the sleeves.

Izza said...

Thank you for such wonderful tutorials. Your tutorials are really detailed and easy to follow. I actually learnt to construct a bishop dress based on your tutorials. It helped me tremendously! It was like having a personal teacher. Thank you very much!!!

Ruth Johnson said...

Very informative. Thank you for that info. I am going to try it next time I do a bishop.

Anonymous said...

Awesome tutorial. I have to make one now!!! I am not super with the pleater yet, but I have watched several tutorials on MPTV. I may have the courage to attempt a bishop now :) Kim H

Mosaic Magpie said...

Excellent tutorial. You mention smocking in the round...could you explain that please. I will look on your blog and see if there is other mention of it.

maria eugenia guevara de lopez said...

En español gracias


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