Sew a Rickrack and Button Hem

"Let's Have a Conversation" Bishop Dress

Over the years, many Valentine's Day and heart-themed designs have been featured in the pages of Sew Beautiful - from the popular "Sweet Valentine" dress in Issue 104 to the gorgeous "Heart of Roses" gown in our 20th anniversary celebration edition.

Our recent December/January edition (Issue 151) continued this tradition with a "Shades of Pink" Valentine's gallery that included this oh-so-sweet smocked bishop dress. The classic conversational hearts picture plate was designed by Frances Messina Jones and is smocked on Ellen McCarn's Ultimate Bishop Dress. The dress has a very vintage Valentine's feel to it; not the pre-made, fold-over, cartoon-character kind, but the doily, paper-cut heart and glitter kind of yesteryear. 

Below, we've included a tutorial for sewing the bishop's unique rickrack and button hem. This is a great and easy way to dress up any plain dress hem! If you wish to recreate our bishop for your favorite little Valentine, complete instructions for smocking the "Let's Have a Conversation" graph can be found in Issue 151.

Rickrack and Button Hem

Rickrack and Button Hem:
1. Fold up a 4-inch hem and sew 1 inch from foldline, creating a 1-inch pleat. 

2. Edgestitch rickrack to underside of foldline so that bottom half peeks out from beneath. 

3. Sew buttons onto pleat at 1-1/2-inch intervals.

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Sew On, Sew Well, Sew Beautiful,
Cyndi and Amelia