“Les Souvenirs”, by Karen Lorraine Design, is a beautiful pattern representing a bygone era. This outfit was inspired by childhood memories of playing with Gingham paper dolls and my enjoyment of all-things-Prairie. The four pieces of Pantaloons, Dress, Smock, and Bonnet can also create several different outfits and looks.
Completely sewn in woven cotton fabrics, the outfit begins with elastic-waisted pantaloons. This is followed by a gentle unlined underdress with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions demonstrating the sleeves’ placket and cuffs. A ruffle at the dress base complements the look, while a clean neckline and back closure finish off the dress. In contrast, the smock offers a fantastic opportunity to pull out all those spare scraps of fabric and put them to use. The smock also presents the opportunity to put your own artistic designs into play. While the smock requires no closures, ties are suggested if desired. Finishing the outfit is a gorgeous bonnet with lined brim. Whether the pieces are worn separately or as an entire outfit, “Les Souvenirs” offers the seamstress a trip through time as well as a lot of pleasure and beauty.
The “Les Souvenirs” PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18-inch dolls such as American Girl® and Our Generation™.
Recommended Fabrics: Woven cotton non-stretch fabrics like quilting cotton, broadcloth, lawn.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 78 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pattern includes a 9 page Summary of Instructions section so you can print out just the text version if desired to save on printer ink! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
The instructions and photos were clear and easy to follow. I lined the bodice and skirt of the smock because the patchwork looks messy at the back- you need to allow extra fabric for this as its not in the pattern. I wanted to make the outfit for my 15inch Ruby Red Fashion friend so I printed at 70% and added length to the bodice and sleeves. I could have printed at 75% for a wider bodice . The bonnet is so cute and I loved making the smock from fabric scraps.
I found the directions very clear. Like the explanations for doing the construction the way it is suggested. I enjoyed making the whole outfit very much. A good use of the many remnants of fabric left over from other doll clothes.
I just love the bloomers so cute! Good job designing!
Please take the time for this pattern! The directions are clear, Great Pictures! Turns out so special! What little girl would not love this outfit for her doll?