Smocked Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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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.

Supplies Needed:
-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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ruth r.
United States

love the pattern

The instruction was a bit confusing about the bodice facing pieces..

Denise C.

Smocked dress 18 inches

Quick and easy to use. Perfect fit!

Brenda G.

Smocked Dress

I loved this pattern. I hand smocked the top and it came out perfectly. I am working on my second one now. Very cute dresses.

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United Kingdom

smocked dress

I liked the pattern very much but i think it does need a bit of practice to get the smocking looking as good as the picture is showing. I found it hard to get the gathers even but if i had taken more time to practice doing that part of it the smocking would have looked better, that said it still made a nice doll dress and fitted perfectly.

Smocked Dress 18
Carmen R

My favorite dress

This is by far one of my favorite dresses. I have never smocked anything before. I made mine in turquoise tie dye with white trim. I highly recommend this pattern. One note about the pattern: The instructions were great except for one tiny little detail on page 3 and page 4 that might be confusing to some people as it was to me at first. For the skirt front, all instructions say to cut out 1 piece at 9" by 20." However, in both fabric layouts, it suggests cutting that size on the fold. This would be twice the amount of fabric. That's when I thought I wouldn't have enough fabric to make the dress. Perhaps the designer can clarify on the layouts that if cutting on the fold, cut size 9" X 10" where 10" is on the fold. If I'm wrong about this, would someone let me know.