Several years ago, I made a collection of Gone With the Wind-inspired gowns for a private collector. Fourteen outfits in total, 12 from the Southern Belle pattern series from Annie’s Attic, which is now out of print, and 2 original one-of-a-kind creations inspired by patterns for larger dolls that I adjusted and customized for the fashion doll.
Today’s post showcases four of the gowns in that collection.
It’s hard to pick a favorite if I had to. I LOVE the ruffles on the white dress. It was so fun to make and so pretty when it was finished. I also love the embroidery on the green and white dress.
My favorite part of the dress from drapes are the handmade tassels. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Annie’s Attic patterns is how you make the majority of the dress embellishments yourself. Certainly saves you from hunting all the craft stores (or online) trying to find the right lace or the right trim to complete the look. On an Annie’s Attic dress, if you need lace/cord/trim (sometimes even decorative ribbon), chances are the pattern shows you how to crochet it yourself.
On the holiday gown, my favorite part is the skirt. It’s made from a worsted weight chenille yarn (I used Lion Brand, which I think may be discontinued now in that weight). It’s just so soft and so vibrant. That color definitely says “Happy Holidays!”
NOTE: Although the Southern Belle bed doll series is no longer in print, you can still find some Southern Belle patterns on eBay from time to time, if you are interested in making them yourself.