What do you do when you are bored with the traditional square yoke? You have the freedom to make a unique outfit. I had smocked this Cinderella plate on white and really didn't want to put it in a square yoke. After searching through my patterns, I decided to use Modkid "Emma." I thought it that would make a great "fantasy" dress for my daughter. The pink fabric is poly/cotton and the white fabric is a dotted Swiss.
The yoke on this dress is plain, so I added the smocked insert, tiny pin tucks and the button details.
The back is just as cute!
I like the elastic under the arm to pull the top in a little closer to the body.
And as usual, I used the yoke to Sassy Skirt by Children's Corner. I was worried the skirt would be a little revealing at the bottom, but it stays put and looks so cute.
I have also been busy making a few American Girl doll outfits. My local SAGA guild, Midnight Oil Smockers, is selling raffle tickets for Felicity and a handmade wardrobe. When we have all the outfits together I will add a photo and a place to buy a raffle ticket. I have added two dresses for the raffle.
The first dress is a period dress from the original American Girl doll patterns. This is the Laced Jacket and Petticoat. I think the directions to these free patterns are located in multiple places on the internet, but some formats have accidentally left off key pieces of the instructions. Glad I have experience sewing little clothes, because a beginner would quit. But these free patterns fit wonderfully and are a great resource.
I have recently been impressed with Liberty Jane Patterns. They sell patterns for many different dolls, but I have picked up their American Doll patterns. They have great instructions and the clothes fit so well. They are a great resource! This is their Wrap Top Dress pattern made in a tiny cherry print.
Front and Back to Wrap Top Dress.
This last picture is a new decorating touch that was added to my sewing room. A dear neighbor sells, Simply Said wall designs. I picked this saying for my sewing room in memory of my mom. After she passed away, we cleaned out a small bedroom that contained her crafts and were amazed that it took up the entire living room. She was a master at packing her supplies to fit her space. I added three of these designs to my house and they look great.