Styled after the smocked dresses of the 1950's and the Polly Flinders dress of the 1980's this mock Smocked Dress is done completely on the sewing machine. No pleater is needed. Sew basting lines, gather and use the decorative stitches on your machine. The dress features a lined bodice and has optional sleeves, Peter Pan collar and back ties. Lengthen or shorten the skirt for a different look. Piping, or lace can be added to the bodice, sleeves, collar or hem as desired.
This PDF sewing pattern was designed to fit 18" American Girl® dolls; however it will fit most 18" dolls with slight adjustments.
This pattern requires a sewing machine that has decorative stitches. The sewing machine must be able to stitch through several layers of fabric at once and will not work with lightweight machines
Recommended Fabrics: Light to midweight woven fabric such as cotton, batiste, gingham, challis, or rayon.
-Sewing machine with decorative stitches, that can stitch through several layers at a time. Will not work with lightweight machines.
-Main fabric – ½ yard
-Contrast fabric for collar and sleeve band (optional) – scrap approximately 8" by 10"
-8" by 6" piece of stabilizer or light weight iron on interfacing
-5 ½" of hook and loop tape (Can use snaps or buttons in place of hook and loop tape.)
-1 ½ yards of ribbon or lace for skirt bottom (optional)
-6" of piping for front (optional)
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 28 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 was looking for a pattern to make a hand smocked dress - like the Polly Flinders dresses my daughters wore when they were little. So, instead of machine smocking, I hand smocked. I was very pleased with the results. But, I did make some modifications the second time I made the dress and want to clarify for the pattern. The large piece that is smocked on is 20" x 9" (so cut on the fold it is 10" x 9"). And then I made the back pieces 7"x10" and liked the length much better. Having the pictures available really helped me put the dress together and I thought it was a wonderful pattern!!!
Overall this is a great pattern and the fit is very good but I did find the directions a trifle confusing but that is mostly due to the different directions for the different variations. The directions for the machine smocking were very good but I ended gathering as suggested and using an embroidery machine for the machine smocking. Learned many things attempting this - already have plans for my second one
Well I do like the pattern. The thing is that I wanted stitches that would show me smocking instead it is a pattern for a sewing machine. I would say if you are looking to do machine smocking that is the pattern for you, but I like to do it by hand:(