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Kaela Dress
Smocked Doll Dress Pattern

Kaela Dress smocked insert
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This pattern can also be purchased as a downloadable pattern on Etsy or Craftsy for $5.95

 

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

Table of Contents for the Kaela Dress.

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

The following pictures show different variations of the Kaela Dress.

 

white batiste with pink floss

 

View 1. Smocked Doll Dress Pattern - White batiste smocked with pink floss and ribbon. Edges of sleeves are gathered and tied with a pink ribbon.

 

blue broadcloth with white smocked insert

 

View 2. Blue broadcloth with a white smocked insert with blue thread and ribbon. Edges of sleeves are gathered and tied with a blue ribbon. White collar.

 

blue broadcloth with white collar

 

View 3. Navy blue broadcloth smocked with bright colors. Puffed sleeves are finished with a band.

 

purple flowers with smocked insert

 

Example. Lavender flowered quilting cotton with a white insert smocked in colors that match the dress. Edges of sleeves are gathered and tied with a lavender ribbon. White collar.

 

green smocked dress

 

Example. Green broadcloth smocked with green, purple and red floss. The collar and bands on the sleeves are white.

 

blue batik

 

Example. Blue batik smocked with matching blue floss. The sleeves are banded and the collar was omitted.

 

Gali Girl wearing plaid dress

 

Example. School Dress. The cotton plaid fabric was smocked with matching ribbons and floss. The sleeve bands and collar are white.

 

long prairie dress

 

Example. Prairie Dress. The quilting cotton fabric was smocked with ribbon and threads that match the fabric so the smocking would disappear. The dress was lengthened.

 

dress looks like a blouse and skirt

 

Example. The top of the dress is white and the skirt is a flowered quilting fabric. The ribbon and smocking matches the colors of the skirt. This is a pretty effect with soft colors but looks weird with strongly contrasting fabrics.

 

Gali Girl wearing dress that looks like a jumper and blouse

 

Example. Tartan plaid was used for the body of the dress and white quilting cotton fabric was used for the sleeves and collar. The smocking insert is a solid color. It looks like a jumper and blouse.

 

Smocking on navy insert

 

Example. Patterned navy broadcloth was used for the dress and plain navy broadcloth was used for the insert. The sleeves are gathered at the bottom with pink ribbon.

 

SAGA Raffle Dress

 

Example. This off-white (rice) batiste dress was smocked with a soft coral for the 2012 SAGA Raffle. Coral beads were sewn into the smocking.

 

Smocking Blooper, do not do this

 

Blooper Example. Do not do this. Even though the smocking and ribbon beautifully match the flowers in the dress, the smocking insert looks like a weird piece of white stuck on the dark dress. Read more...

 

   

Materials required:

View 1: 7/8 yard of batiste or 3/4 yard of broadcloth or calico. 2/3 yard of 1/4" to 1/2" wide lace (100% cotton or soft synthetic). 2/3 yard of lace beading. 1-2/3 yard of 1/8" wide ribbon. 4" of Velcro. 9" of cord for piping. Thread to match. Floss.

View 2: 7/8 yard of batiste or 3/4 yard of soft broadcloth or calico. 1/8 yard batiste or soft broadcloth for insert. 2/3 yard of 1/4" to 1/2" wide lace (100% cotton or soft synthetic). 2/3 yard of lace beading. 1-2/3 yard of 1/8" wide ribbon. 4" of Velcro. 9" of cord for piping. Thread to match. Floss.

View 3: 7/8 yard of batiste or 3/4 yard of soft broadcloth or calico. 4" of Velcro. 9" of cord for piping. Thread to match. Floss.

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

Next Smocked Doll Dress Pattern: Helen Dress

The models are Dress Me Dolls from the Martha Pullen Company, Götz Dolls and Gali Girl Dolls.

This smocked 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 Gali Girl Dolls, Avon's Madame Alexander Dolls and Our Generation Dolls are a little thinner.

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

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