pastel

 

A dress pattern! :D

A variation of ginkgo the square top. Inspired by a dress I saw at American Apparel, which was half lace and half satin kind of material. And I thought (as I usually do when I see anything I like at the stores), “I could make that.”

I’m not a fun person to go shopping with, that’s for sure. Anyway. On to the pattern!

Here’s the back of it, and a closer look at the crochet pattern.

 

Below is the written pattern for crocheting the top part of the dress. I will then explain how to make and attach the skirt part of the dress. Please forgive my lack of photos in that part (>_<)… I tried to draw diagrams to explain some of the steps, hope they help!

Finished size: bust 32″, waist 26″, length 16″, with a bit of negative ease.
To create larger sizes, I’d suggest using a heavier cotton and a larger hook, i.e. DK/sport (3.5mm hook); worsted (5mm hook).

For the top, I used:
#10 cotton thread
2.5mm hook

For the skirt, I used:
1/2 yard sheer fabric
1/2 yard white polyester satin
(the amount of fabric required may vary; it depends on the size of the top and how full you want your skirt to be. See the Skirt section below)

 

Top (make 2) 

Stitch pattern:
Fan = [dc, 2ch, dc, 2ch, dc] in same space

ch 96

Row 1: ch 3, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across, turn.

Row 2 (set up row): ch 5, dc in 1st dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc, [skip next 2 dc, fan in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc] to end, [dc, ch 2, dc] in turning ch, turn.

Row 3 (pattern row 1): ch 3, skip first dc, fan in dc between fans, [dc in 2nd dc of next fan, fan in next dc between fans] to end, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Row 4 (pattern row 2): ch 5, ch in 1st dc, dc in 2nd dc of next fan, [fan in next dc between fans, dc in 2nd dc of next fan] to end, [dc, ch 2, dc] in turning ch, turn.

Rows 5-6: work pattern rows 1 & 2 once more.

Row 7: work pattern row 1.

Row 8 (increase row): ch 3, dc in 1st dc, ch 1, dc in same dc, dc in 2nd dc of next fan, work in pattern until turning ch, [dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in turning ch, turn.

Row 9 (increase row): ch 4, dc in next dc, skip next dc, fan in next dc, work in pattern to last dc between fans, fan in last dc between fans, dc in 2nd last dc before turning ch, ch 1, dc in turning ch, turn.

Row 10: ch 3, fan in next dc, dc in 2nd dc of next fan, work in pattern to 2nd last dc of row, fan in 2nd last dc of row, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Rows 11-16: work pattern rows 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, and 1.

Rows 17-19: repeat rows 8-10.

Rows 20-30: work in pattern. End with row 2.

Armhole shaping:

Row 31: ch 1, sl st in 1st dc, next ch 2 space, next 3 dc, next ch 2 sp, and next dc. ch 3, fan in next dc between fans, work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of 2nd last fan, leave remaining st unworked, turned.

Row 32: ch 3, dc in 2nd dc of 1st fan, work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of last fan, dc in turning ch, turn.

Row 33: ch 5, dc in 1st dc, dc in 2nd dc of 1st fan, work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of last fan, [dc, ch 2, dc] in turning ch, turn.

Row 34-36: work pattern rows 1, 2, and 1.

Neckline shaping – right:

Row 37: work in pattern to the 5th fan of the row, dc in 2nd dc of the 5th fan, dc in next dc between fans, turn.

Row 38: ch 3, dc in 2nd dc of 1st fan, work in pattern to end.

Row 39: work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of last fan, dc in turning ch, turn.

Row 40: ch 5, dc in 1st dc, dc in 2nd dc of 1st fan, work in pattern to end.

Row 41 – 51: work in pattern.

Row 52: ch 1, sc in 1st dc, [sc in 2 ch sp, sc in next dc, sc in 2 ch sp, sc in dc between fans] until last dc, skip last dc, sc in turning ch, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Fasten off.

Neckline shaping – left:

Row 37: counting from the left edge, attach yarn to the dc between the 5th and 6th fans. 

Row 38: work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of last fan, dc in turning ch, turn.

Row 39: ch 3, dc in 2nd dc of 1st fan, work in pattern to end, turn.

Row 40: work in pattern until last fan, dc in 2nd dc of last fan, [dc, ch 2, dc] in turning ch, turn.

Rows 41-51: work in pattern.

Row 52: ch 1, sc in 1st dc, sc in ch 2 sp, [sc in dc between fans, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in dc, sc in ch 2 sp] until turning ch, sc in turning ch. Fasten off.

 

Assembly

With right sides together, sew shoulder and side seams together.

Turn top right side out. Work a round of sc evenly along neckline and armholes. Generally, sc in each dc, and sc in each ch 2 sp; when crocheting into the ends of the row, 2 sc in each row.

Work 1 dc in each dc around the bottom edge of the top.

 

Skirt – fabric measurement

Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric, one piece for the top layer of skirt, one piece for the skirt lining.

Width for both pieces = 1.5 times the circumference of the crocheted top’s bottom edge.

Measure length of the fabric as desired for the top layer of skirt. Minus 1″ from the length for the skirt lining.

*Add 1/2″ seam allowance to all sides of both pieces of fabric.

Skirt – sewing

For the top layer of skirt, with wrong side facing, fold fabric in half width-wise, so that the short sides are together. Sew the short edges together, so it forms a tube.

Repeat for the skirt lining. Now we have two fabric tubes.

With the wrong side facing on both fabric tubes, place the top layer of skirt inside the skirt lining. Matching top edge and using large stitches, hand or machine sew the top edges together. Don’t back stitch. As shown in the diagram below: the skirt lining is the shorter tube on the outside, the top layer of skirt is inside out inside the skirt lining, and the orange lines are stitches.

Gather the skirt evenly along the seam just sewed by lining it up with the crocheted top, as follows:

With right sides together, line up the top edge of the skirt with the bottom of the crocheted top (the crocheted top will be upside down inside the skirt tubes). Once the skirt is gathered enough so that the top edge of the skirt matches the bottom edge of the crocheted top, pin top to skirt along the the first dc row of the crochet top. Machine sew along the top of the first dc row. The diagram below shows the position of the top inside the skirt tubes in dotted lines, and the orange seam line.

 

Finally, hem skirt and skirt lining.

And we’re done! :D

 

Feel free to drop me a note if you have questions or need clarification!

Have an awesome day!

 

 

 

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