Nellie"s Needles

Friday, December 11, 2009

Smocked Doll Clothes

This is one of the books featuring smocked doll clothes that I wrote back in the 1980's. It's interesting to see it being sold fairly often in the secondary market on EBay.
The dress on the cover eventually was produced as a pattern for girls. It was called "Allison's Dress" and published by Little Miss Muffet.

I got into collecting dolls so I could smock their clothing, since I had no daughters. I made this cutie a smocked bishop style dress with embroidery decorating the front. The fabric is a woven silk gingham. Her bonnet is a folded silk handkerchief.


Deborah said...

So cute. I did some smocking when my daughters were very little. Unfortunately, it was about then that little girls started growing up way too fast and grew out of smocked clothes at a very young age. I'm with you - making them for dolls. I still have my smocking patterns from when they were babies so maybe one day I'll use them for grandchildren!

Heather said...

I have been trying to leave a comment on your blog without success until today. Just want to say how much I like the decoration on the previous post - it is exquisite - and the dolls' clothes are delightful.

Deb said...

I once spent several hours figuring out an antique smocking attachment for Singer featherweight - once I finally got a small span of cloth properly smocked I sat and wondered "now what?" thanks for the answer.

Maggie R said...

Hi Nellie..
Well I was so surprised to see it was YOU that wrote the book. I use to do a lot of smocking and I have this book... Thrilled now to know the author.... small world eh??

Irishgirlsews said...

It is a small world, I also have the pattern, and the Allison pattern too. Your little doll is darling! When my girls were little they wore smocked dresses almost everyday to school (living in Fl. lightweight batiste was a good thing). I never see little girls in smocked dresses anymore, so sad.