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Helen Dress by Sally Robertson
Beaded Smocked Doll Dress Pattern

The smocked doll dress Helen Dress has seed beads and fits the American Girl Doll
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This pattern can also be purchased as a downloadable pattern on Etsy or Craftsy for $5.95


Individual Sewing Pattern "Helen Dress" by Sally Robertson - $8.95

Very detailed directions are given for making the smocking stitches and for pleating with a pleater.

The following pictures show different variations of the Helen Dress.

My dog Sam stands by the doll model White batiste garment with rows of beaded smocking using multi-colored green floss and green seed beads. Sleeves are embellished with organdy and satin ribbon. Smocked, beaded dress in pink batiste

Pink batiste outfit with white floss and white iridescent seed beads.

Helen Dress in navy and brown broadcloth

Navy and brown broadcloth doll dress beaded with copper floss and copper beads.


Smocking is done with purple and purple/blue iridescent beads

Cream light-weight fabric garment with transparent flowers smocked with purple floss and iridescent blue/purple beads.

Purple batiste Purple batiste dress with rows of fuchsia, purple and green floss embellished with blue rainbow-cut beads. Turquoise broadcloth Turquoise patterned broadcloth beaded doll dress smocked with white floss and white iridescent seed beads.
Purple batiste Purple batiste frock with rows of white and pink floss smocked with blue rainbow-cut beads. White batiste White batiste garment decorated with smocking in a light green and blue translucent beads.

This beaded doll dress is really fun to smock. There are rows and rows of simple smocking embellished with beads. There are so many color combinations that are possible between the floss and the beads. While I was designing this doll dress it seemed like it came out beautifully no matter what colors of beads and floss. Some colors made very subtle patterns and other bold patterns.

The dress is smocked in the front and is designed so that the back bodice comes down to the last row of smocking. You can use smocking dots or a pleater to pleat your fabric for smocking. If you use smocking dots, or a pleater that is a little bit different in the spacing between the rows than what mine gives, you may find that the last row of the smocking is not hitting the back bodice directly. This is actually not a problem since traditionally little girls dresses did not have the last row of the smocking meeting the back bodice. However, you can adjust the pattern slightly if you desire.

Fabrics required:

  • Dress 3/4 yd. of batiste or 5/8 yd. of broadcloth.

See the free tutorial on smocking if you would like to know how to smock: Basic Smocking Stitches.

Next Pattern: Stella Dress

The models wearing the beaded doll dresses are from The Martha Pullen Company® and Götz Dolls®.

This beaded doll dress pattern fits 18" dolls (those with vinyl head, arms and legs and a cloth stuffed body) such as The American Girls Collection® by the Pleasant Company, Götz Dolls® (non-designer) and many others. The pattern was actually sized on The American Girls Collection®, Götz Dolls® (non-designer) and Dress Me Dolls© from The Martha Pullen Company (these dolls are the same size). The pattern will also fit the following dolls quite well: Faithful Friends Collection®, Tolly Girl®, Liberty Landing®, Girls on the Go®, Savannah of Storybook Heirlooms™, Laura Ashley®, Collector's Lane®, Creative Doll Company®, Springfield Collection®, Sophia's Heritage Collection®, Autumn Harvest™, Our Generation™ and miscellaneous composition and porcelain dolls. Since some dolls, such as Liberty Landing®, Autumn Harvest™ and Our Generation, are a little thinner, you may want to check the size of your doll and adjust the dress pattern slightly for a better fit.

Infinite Freedom and Sally Robertson are not associated with any of the above named dolls or companies in any way.

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