This dress, loosely inspired by children’s dresses of the 1950’s is the perfect play dress for you Calico Critter Child figures.
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You will need:
- cotton crochet thread in main color
- small amount of crochet thread in contrasting color (for belt)
- 10/1.30mm crochet thread
- needle, to weave in ends
ch = chain sc = single crochet sl-st = slip stitch dc = double crochet fpdc = front-post double crochet st(s) = stitch(es) Rnd(s) = Round(s)
The bodice for this dress uses waistcoat stitch to give it a knit look. In this stitch you work into the center of the stitch as opposed to the top of the stitch. Moogly has a great tutorial with both right and left handed versions available for free HERE.
This technique is used to create the contrast belt. Dedri from Look At What I Made has a step-by-step photo tutorial available HERE.
ch 28, join with sl-st to first chain.
Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in each ch around, join to first sc (28 sts).
Rnd 2: ch 1, waistcoat st in each st around, join to first st (28 sts).
Rnd 3: ch 1, waistcoat st in next 4 sts, *ch 10 & skip 6 sts*, waistcoat st in next 8 sts, repeat from *to*, waistcoat in last 4 sts, join with sl-st to first st.
Rnd 4: ch 1, waistcoat stitch in next 4 sts, *sc in next 10 chains*, waistcoat st in next 8 sts, repeat from *to*, sc in last 4 sts. Rnd 5: ch 1, waistcoat st in each st around (36 sts).
Join thread to underside of foundation chain of bodice.
Rnd 1: ch 2, *dc in next ch, 2 dc in next*, repeat from *to* 11 more times, dc in next, ch 3 (this is tail hole), join to first dc. (36 sts + ch 3)
Rnd 2: ch 2, *fpdc around next dc, dc in next 2 sts* repeat 11 more times, fpdc around next dc, dc in last 3 chains, join with sl-st to first fpdc. (39 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends
With contrasting color, surface sl-st around Rnd 1 of bodice.
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