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Stella Smocked 18-inch Doll Dress


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should know basic sewing machine skills, how to pleat fabric for smocking, and how to do basic smocking. The pattern has very detailed descriptions of how to sew the smocking pattern. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Fits the American Girl Doll and similiar 18-inch dolls with vinyl head, arms and legs and a cloth stuffed body.

Supplies Needed

  • View 1: 7/8-yard of batiste or 5/8-yard of broadcloth. View 2. 3/4-yard batiste or 5/8-yard broadcloth. 1/8-yard contrasting batiste or broadcloth.
  • View 1: 10" of 1/8" wide elastic. 3" of Velcro. 8" cord for piping. 2 3/4-yards baby Rick Rack if using batiste or 2-yards if using broadcloth. Thread to match. DMC Floss. View 2: 10" of 1/8" wide elastic. 3" of Velcro. 16" cord for piping. 2 3/4-yards baby Rick Rack if using batiste or 2 yards if using broadcloth. Thread to match. DMC Floss.

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Infinite Freedom
Infinite Freedom
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.