Sew a Rosie Dress!

Choose a woven fabric or a knit, add Smocking or keep it simple with Gathers.

This course will walk you through every step of the Construction process. Rosie can be made in sizes 3-12. Bonus Materials include measurements to make a Rosie top and the Christmas Tree Farm pattern featured in the Holiday 2020 Issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.

Let's Make a Rosie Dress!

It's easy, I promise!

Have you always wanted to sew for your daughter or granddaughter? Do you love to smock and would like to include it in your designs, but the child in your life needs simple everyday clothes? Rosie is a simple button down the front dress or top with long or short sleeves. It can be made in an easy care cotton knit, or a fun woven. Smock the front and the back, just the front, or keep it simple with gathers. This course will walk you through every aspect of the construction process.
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Examples of Rosie
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What Others are Saying:

"My daughter wants you to know that you are a great teacher - she says my work/smocking/sewing has gone from above average to the next level above. She and my granddaughters thank you very much. Me too." Peggy D.

“Starting with May Garden and on to Honey, Twirly Skirt, and then Rosie, my granddaughters have absolutely loved my creations! The dresses fit beautifully and they are so comfortable to wear.  I never thought I would enjoy sewing with knits this much but the Pink Hollybush patterns made it very easy.  When the girls came back and asked me to make another, I knew I had found a winner!” Diana B.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Rosie Construction Course

    • Welcome and Getting Started

    • How to use this course

    • Supplies for Rosie

    • An Introduction to Knit Fabrics

    • Cutting Out and Marking Rosie

  • 2

    Time to Smock! (View A)

    • Getting Started Smocking Rosie

    • Pleating Knits

    • Pleating Wovens

    • Preparing the Skirt for Smocking

    • Centering a Smocking Design

    • Getting the Exact Pleat Count

    • An Introduction to Stacked Cables

  • 3

    Starting to Sew - All Views

    • Interfacing & Finishing the Edges

    • Cutting the Armholes & Gathering the Skirt

  • 4

    Making & Applying the Piping

    • Making Knit Piping

    • Making Woven Piping

    • Applying the Piping

    • Pleats Standing at Attention - View A

  • 5

    Sewing Sleeves & Side Seams

    • Rosie: Sewing the Sleeves and the Side Seams

  • 6

    Sewing the Neckline

    • Sewing the Neckline for Rosie

  • 7

    Button Holes & Buttons

    • Tips on Making Buttonholes

  • 8

    Hemming Rosie

    • Hemming a Knit Rosie

    • Hemming a Woven Rosie

  • 9


    • All Downloads

    • Before you go...

    • Continue Your Smocking Journey!

About Lisa & Pink Hollybush

Lisa Hawkes, Owner of Pink Hollybush Designs

Hi, I'm Lisa and I am so glad that you wouldl like to sew for the little girl in your life. At Pink Hollybush Designs we teach modern smocking through our courses and patterns so moms and grandmas can sew love into every stitch. In particular we focus on helping sewists smock knit garments that busy mamas don't have to iron and that children love to wear because they are so soft and comfortable. I have my Artisan level in smocking and was National President of the Smocking Arts Guild from 2014-2016.

Sew a Simple Rosie Dress

  • The Rosie Dress pattern is available as a printed pattern, pdf pattern and kit. The dress is for sizes 3-12 and can be made in a knit or woven fabric. It cam be smocked or simply gathered.

  • 24 lessons with detailed instruction walk you through every aspect of the project from picking out supplies to constructing the dress.

  • 23 Videos demonstrate each step.

  • Course includes an introduction to smocking Stacked Cables. (Course assumes you know the basics of smocking. Please see my Learn to Smock Course if you don't know how to smock and would like to learn.)

  • Suitable for a Beginner or Advanced Beginner Sewist

Get the Printed Pattern, PDF Pattern, or Kit

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