I've updated the JF post to include some of my other faves, like:
These are all worth re-reading - and if you haven't read them, check them out!
Also finished The Glass Castle - HOLY COW! You should read this book. It's a pretty amazing story - and I didn't even realize it was a true story until I was about halfway through (duh - but I hate reading the back covers/ jackets of books - too many spoilers). Can't WAIT to discuss this at book club.
Want a doll smock pattern? Click here.
*Disclaimer* - This is totally based on Alicia's mini smock pattern. Just doll-sized. I did a lame job of making this - NOT my best work, not at all pretty, but the pattern works. We don't keep the scanner hooked up all the time, so the other day when Aaron was scanning a couple of things I quickly scrawled this out so he could scan it for me. The file is PDF, when you print it make sure it takes up a whole sheet of paper. I wrote basic directions on the pattern, but here is some more helpful info:
- When I originally traced Emily's smock it almost fit on one sheet of paper - so where the straps stop, just continue cutting to make the first ones pointed, and the second ones extend about an inch more and then pointed. (Hopefully this will make sense once you see the pattern...). The second straps (the ones that cross in the back) should be longer than the first ones.
- Clip the curves before you turn it right-side out, that will make it easier to top-stitch.
- The pattern is for 18" dolls (American Girl, etc.) so you may have to adjust the pattern to fit a different size of doll. That shouldn't be too hard, though.
- I didn't include the pocket in the pattern - I just made those up and placed them wherever I wanted to. Violet's is smaller and on the side.
- I added velcro to the straps - I made the back ones come on top of the front ones.... I'm trying to think if there's anything else I'm forgetting... hopefully not.
- It's hard to turn those straps inside out - I did the best I could, and then used the head of a pin to pull more right-side out.
Please don't sell smocks that you make from this pattern.
Violet is happy to have her own smock now - it is especially useful as the dolls have now started school. Princess is teaching them the basics, like math, poetry, Calvin & Hobbes, and (for science) Star Wars.