This lovely dress was made from the pattern in Australian Smocking and Embroidery #58. The dress pattern is called "Love Hearts". When my daughter was younger, this totally pink dress appeared in an issue. I saved the magazine and a piece of pink plaid. My pink plaid is a bit brighter than the pattern's fabric, so I used smocking colors that were a bit brighter. I am so glad that most items in AS&E are timeless.
This dress is called a basic square yoke in the smocking world. It is simple to put together, but this dress has a few interesting features (embroidery on the collar and sleeve bands, a double hem pleat, and a buttoned back sash). This dress is a size 5 year old in Australian sizing, which is much larger than American sizing. My daughter is 7 years old and this dress fits her beautifully.
I smocked the front of the dress first and then added the ribbon weaving. I traced off the collar and sleeve bands and then used a fabric marker to mark the exact location of each heart.
I love this dress and hope it inspires you to make a timeless dress for a little girl.