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Stella Smocked Doll Dress, American Girl

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This project was made from an independent Craftsy designer's pattern:

Stella Smocked 18-inch Doll Dress »
by Infinite Freedom

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Toy
Sizing Girls
Style Classic, Holiday, Cute, Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Romantic
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What materials did you use? Batiste fabric, cord to make piping, Velcro, Rick Rack, DMC Floss

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What are you most proud of? In designing the pattern, getting the dress to fit the American Girl Doll perfectly and having the bottom edge of the smocking in front perfectly match the bottom of the back bodice. I really like things to fit well and that took a lot of work.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be ready to have fun! Also, take a look at some basic smocking stitches on youtube videos to see how easy it is to do. Beyond that you will need a plan to pleat your fabric (with a pleater, iron-on transfer dots or a smocking template that uses chalk).

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The dresses are just darling, and your work is beautiful! I'd love to learn smocking...this little project seems like a good starting place for me as it wouldn't be so overwhelming. Now...if I just had a little girl to sew for.

07/09/2012 Flag

Thank you so much! The little smocked dresses for dolls are a wonderful place to start to learn to smock. I will have a pattern called the Helen Dress up soon and the smocking pattern is easier. However, if you do not know a little girl and have no desire to have a doll to sew for... you might just have to give it away to charity. Or, sell it on eBay.

07/09/2012 Flag