Easter Dress
Photography by Caroline Smith and Marcy Black Simpson

Make this dress for someone’s special Easter Sunday attire, or better yet, for any spring occasion!

Janet Gilbert added her own special touch to Gail Doane’s Swiss Voile Pintucks Dress from our premiere issue of Classic Sewing, Spring 2016. Janet’s exquisite smocking design combines elegant geometric smocking with picture-smocked dogwoods; the result is a breathtakingly beautiful design that’s sure to become a new springtime classic. This dress also features an entredeux and lace-trimmed collar, puffed sleeves, tucks, and a sash bow.

On the next page, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for this project. Plus, get our new Spring 2018 Issue for many more projects for this upcoming season! 

Easter Dress
Photography by Caroline Smith and Marcy Black Simpson



  • Gail Doane’s Swiss Voile Pintucks Dress—Classic Sewing Issue #1 (See pattern adaptation)


  • Dress—Aqua Pin Dots from Timeless Treasures
  • Lining—cotton sateen
  • Contrasting piping—Kona Cotton in Mediterranean

Threads—DMC Floss

  • #729 Old Gold
  • #760 Salmon Light
  • #807 Peacock Blue
  • #3766 Peacock Blue Light
  • #3865 Winter White

For more spring sewing inspiration and projects, don’t miss out on our Spring 2018 Issue featuring smocking, appliqué, hand embroidery, and communion dress projects. Plus, find our heirloom quilt series! 


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