Not too long ago, I spent some time doing a little pleating. I wanted to experience for myself the differences in two fabrics in particular, English voile and Swiss batiste, which is called Bearissima, made in Switzerland and distributed in the United States by Bear Threads Inc. Swiss is said to be the best of the best, and it is a requirement in the higher levels of the Artisan program of the Smocking Arts Guild of America.
A while back, I shared a picture of the English voile, and told about how nicely it pleated. The pleats are crisp and stay just as planned. It’s truly a beautiful, sheer fabric. Both are 100% cotton.
Bearissima is also lovely, and I want to share it with you as well.
Here it is on the ironing table, blocked for a little bishop gown, after pleating:
Can you see how sheer and lovely it is?
I am looking forward to working smocking stitches on this piece. This will be a family heirloom, so I am taking my sweet time.