Stella Smocked 18-inch Doll Dress »
InstructionsYou can download this pattern for a reduced fee on Craftsy. You can also buy a printed pattern on Etsy or the Infinite Freedom website. This dress could be made with any smocked pattern that is the same width as the apple design. Also, the sleeves could be interchanged with the sleeves in the Andrea Dress, Helen Dress or Kaela Dress.
Type of item: Toy
Style: Holiday, Romantic, Classic, Retro / Vintage, Cute, Traditional
Batiste fabric, cord to make piping, Velcro, Rick Rack, DMC Floss
What was your inspiration?
My original inspiration was wanting to make special dresses for my granddaughter Andrea's American Girl Dolls. My secondary inspiration was loving to smock more than any other type of hand stitching and not having anything to do with the smocking. The doll dresses were small projects that I could finish in a reasonable amount of time and were so satisfying.
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.
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. http://www.infinitefreedom.com/free-smocking-lessons/index.html. 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).