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Monday, 20 March 2017
BEAUTIFUL LOTUS DRESS FOR BARBIE
BEAUTIFUL LOTUS DRESS FOR BARBIE
started off in an odd way. One lovely
lady was working on my Exquisite lotus dress for a baby and got stuck on one of
the rounds towards the end. I only
recalled that this project was a really beautiful one (and is being shared a lot on Facebook) but I could
not really help her with the pattern off hand.
I just *had* to make it.. so I came up with the idea of making this
dress for the sadly neglected dolls neatly stashed in my daughter’s cupboard ;)…
and I am thrilled at how it has turned out.. beautiful, isn’t it?
and thanks to Johana, I now have a dolls crochet dress to my repertoire of crochet work :)
For this project, you will need to follow the
instructions from my earlier pattern link for the Lotus dress – given above.
I will just give you ideas on how you can go about this – I cannot give you
exact numbers as I am not sure what size doll you’re going to work with.
1.So the first part is
for the yoke. I chose the yoke pattern
numbers off the link given in the original pattern but worked it in half. So for the 1st neckline it’s a 40
stitch start, and the 2nd is a 46 st start, so I tried both the 20
and the 23 stitch start and I think the 23 stitch start worked for my doll.
2.I worked in hdc all
through my pattern
3.The pattern repeat
for the skirt is specified / given as 9, but if we work in multiples of 9, we
are not going to get a decent frilly base.. so I just worked in every stitch
all around, in pattern.
4.Once you have that
first round for the skirt portion done, then you do not have to worry about the
stitch count in multiples of 9, and the pattern falls in place quite
5.Note though that you
get the 4-dc sets and the panels alternating properly.. and if they do not
work, then you will need to tweak such that they do. So how do you tweak? Well, if it does not work using every stitch
in pattern, then you change it every other stitch, and skip stitches in
between. At the end of the round, if you
have the pattern ending the way it is intended, then you will get the skirt
falling the way it should too.
I am quite sure that you are going to
have a lot of fun creating this.. I may add that working with a thinner thread
and hook, and with hdc is not the easiest thing to do in the evenings and
nights.. so there was quite a bit of rip rip rippin that happened along the
way.. and many frustrated ‘chuck this project’ threats that followed too.. but
I am glad that I persevered .. and I love love love the end result
Finallllly I will need to let you in
on a secret ;) Tweak # n100
The makers of this wonderful Barbie
doll have broken even the ‘myth’ of the Size zero’ and this madam has no waist !! Our yoke and
waist therefore need to be pulled in.. so while I was working (and ripping) my
project, I forgot this – but I know that the lovely Doris Chan has an awesome
way of tightening and cinching finished crochet garments – If you have an idea
of how she does that, then yaay.. else you’ll do what I did.. Tie a sash around
and neatly arrange the extra material, such that the skirt billows beautifully,
the sash neatly disguises and no one really notices..
Now come come.. you aren’t going to
go back to the photograph and check this out now, are you?? ;)
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