I started sewing as a very young child and absolutely fell in love with the craft. As a young mother I made all of my own clothes as well as those for my four children. While my children were in ...
I started sewing as a very young child and absolutely fell in love with the craft. As a young mother I made all of my own clothes as well as those for my four children. While my children were in school, I also went to school and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Later, in life I changed careers and became a computer programmer and then a webmaster.
It seems like sewing has been the great passion and comforter during my whole life. It has always been fun to learn or create something new. And it has carried me through the difficult times in my life.
Now that I am in the older phase of my life, I have started a new career designing doll clothes that fit the American Girl Doll. I love the old sewing crafts, such as smocking and heirloom sewing techniques. And I absolutely want everything I create to fit properly.
I absolutely love little smocked dresses, they are so angelic to me. Sitting and sewing the smocking stitches by hand is pleasing to my soul. In my experience, most people think that smocking is hard, but it is actually very easy to do. The lines of the pleating threads guide your hand on exactly where to place the stitches. And the stitches are just easy little straight stitches taken through the edge of the pleats.
I first started designing smocked doll dresses when my granddaughter Andrea was young and loving her American Girl Dolls. I wanted to make her something special that she could not buy anywhere. She has since grown out of her dolls and even graduated from college, but I am still sewing the pretty little dresses.
Home crafters have permission to sew this design and sell it in craft shows or through websites such as Etsy.