“Heirloom Entrée”, by Karen Lorraine Design, features heirloom sewing techniques in a gentle dress pdf sewing pattern. While heirloom sewing is often done by hand, especially the smocking methods, for some of us who might not have the hand or eye capacity to handsew, then machine sewing becomes the main option. It feels really good to know that we don’t have to sacrifice these beautiful techniques, and also that a basic sewing machine is quite capable of producing a beautiful heirloom sewing effect.
This outfit requires a regular sewing machine. You do not need an embroidery sewing machine. It would be nice to have a machine that does a few fancy stitches; however, even if you only have a zig-zag stitch on your machine you can still produce a stunning result.
The two heirloom techniques explored in this pattern are pintucks and (machine) smocking. The latter appears twice: as a display in the centre front, and as a subtle elastic effect on the sleeve. Easy back closures, the choice of a high or low neckline, and the use of woven cotton fabric makes this dress a pleasure to sew and a stunner to wear.
This pattern is designed to fit 13-14.5" dolls like Wellie Wishers™, Hearts for Hearts™, and Les Cheries Corolle™. It's also available for 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: light-to-medium woven cotton fabrics like lawn, batiste, linen, voile, quilting cotton.
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 39 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! 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.
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I found the directions hard to follow and often ambiguous. Certain pattern pieces did not match the photos used which caused problems because I often look at the photos before reading the directions. This pattern description is rather chatty. I've finished the bodice except for the sleeves...not sure I'll complete the dress.