Peter pan collared and smocked dresses are my favourite style to dress my little girl. Since I do not have the time yet to learn real smocking, this dress pattern from Japanese 'Children's Style Book' is the closest to a smocked dress. There are 3 rows of gathers on the front of this dress which gives the smocking effect after I embroidered some decorative zig-zag stitches on top of the gathers. The dress (80cm pattern size) is a bit big and long on my almost-one-year-old, hope she will grow into it soon.
The picture above is a bit blur, but that's the best I can manage as I always get blurred pictures as she's really an active kid!
Close up - zig zag embroidery for 'faux smocking'
Work in progress
This book has a great variety of little girls' patterns, I really recommend this one!
The cranky little princess
Updated on 18 April 2010: This is her modelling the dress at 1 year and 8 months old.