“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 18-inch dolls such as American Girl® or Our Generation™.
This pattern is also available for 13-14.5" dolls such as Corolle Les Cheries®, Hearts for Hearts Girls® and WellieWishers™.
Recommended Fabrics: light to medium weight cottons like lawn, linen, cotton.Supplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 43 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.Download, Print, Sew!
Lovely dress. Fun to work on -- to develop those smocking skills! But it's a beautiful dress even without the smocking!!
The directions were excellent and very easy to follow. It made up very cute.
I haven't had a chance to use this pattern yet, but plan to for Christmas gift. I love the design and I am looking forward to searching for just the right fabric and sewing for a little girl's AG dolls.
As one who has never learnt the beautiful art of smocking it was exciting to see this come together and actually use some of the fancier stitches on my machine. The detailed instructions took me step by step through the process. Unfortunately I didn't have time to do the pin tucks in the skirt so I took 2 inches off the bottom of the skirt. I think it still looks lovely without the pin tucks. It is definitely an intermediate pattern but well worth the effort. And an added bonus was that it fits my Australian Girl doll beautifully.