So, in the spirit of the traditional I have a few photos of another project I will most likely propose to teach next year at the Martha Pullen school. I love ( repeat LOVE!) real dotted Swiss. It has a beautiful hand, is quite wrinkle resistant, and washes beautifully. Anyone born in the 50's or 60's will surely have a memory of wearing a dotted Swiss dress.
I picked the dots out of the fabric in the area to pleated. It leaves you with a nice plain surface to smock on. I also interfaced the area to be pleated with a lightweight fusible interfacing. The dotted Swiss is very fine and pleats down to almost nothing. The interfacing adds fullnes to your pleats and makes it much nicer to smock on.
The teardrop collar is made from plain white Swiss voile and trimmed with shaped premade robin's egg microcheck spaghetti bias. The two bias edges are joined with a hand 'bridging' stitch. A few cast-on stitch posies help bring some of the pink in the smocking up into the collar.
P.S. Happy Canada Day!