It’s been a while! Now with the schools being closed and the temperature rising, the beach is a more appealing locale, not only for the kids but for us grown-ups as well! Blogging and crochet have been left aside for a while but I will make it up to you with this free tutorial!
In a previous post, “A fairy-tale come true“, I had promised a tutorial on the princess’ costumes I designed. To keep it simple, I decided to guide you through the Cinderella costume I had made for my 3 yr old ‘Starshine’. You can alter stitches and lengths accordingly, to fit your little angels. Well here goes:
First prop yourselves with the desired materials:
- yarn of desired colour (I used 1 skein of 350m of YarnArt Summer. As it is fine-weight, I made 2 skeins from it and crocheted it double, hence roughly 175m of medium-weight yarn will be needed. The finer yarn has a more elegant appearance though)
- material (similar colour to yarn)
- tulle 6″ roll of desired colour (about 28 strips of double the desired length) plus some extra strips for sleeves and details.
- thread (similar colour to material)
- 4.5mm crochet hook and yarn needle
- sewing needle
- glitter and beads (optional)
Using US crochet terms:
- ch – chain
- st – stitch
- sl st – slip stitch
- hdc – half double crochet
I found that the ‘moss’ stitch created a beautiful texture to the bodice.
For a video tutorial on the stitch follow the link from a fellow blogger, https://stitchstitchboom.wordpress.com/
Thank you LeAnne for the easy-to-follow tutorial!
Work in rows and after finishing the whole bodice stitch it closed with yarn at the side.
First chain a foundation of a multiple of 2, plus 1, to get a length, which snuggly fits around the girl’s chest. In little Sunshine’s case we had 72 + 1 = 73 chains.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, *sl st in next ch, hdc in next ch*, repeat from * till * until the end of the row (72).
Row 2 – Row 29: ch1, *sl st in 1st st, hdc in next st*, repeat from * till * until the end of the row (72).
Note: As you progress through the rows you will realise that in each sl st you will stitch a hdc and vice versa. Remember that the number of rows might be different in your case depending on your little girl. The bodice at this point when worn should cover the torso from just above the girl’s chest till just above the hip bone.
We have worked 72 stitches in each row. To make the ‘∇‘ parts at the bottom of the bodice, first work into the first 36 stitches and once you have finished the front ‘∇‘ repeat the same procedure in the next 36 stitches for the back ‘∇‘. You may wish to follow Diagram A.
Note: Do not ch1 in the beginning of each row as you did previously.
Row 30: sl st in 2nd st from hook, *sl st in next st, hdc in next st* repeat from * till * until 2 st from the end of the previous row, sl st in next st, skip last st (34).
Row 31: sl st in 2nd st from hook, hdc in next st, *sl st in next st, hdc in next st* repeat from * till * until 3 st from the end of the previous row, sl st in next 2 st, skip last st (32).
Row 32 – Row 45: Alternate between Rows 30 and 31 for each of the following rows. You will slowly realise a triangle being formed. Fasten off after the last st of the last row.
After you have finish the back ‘∇‘ in exactly the same way, start making the loops where the tulle will thread through. To make the loops, you will have to sl st into each row of the ‘∇‘s and ch 3 in between.
Now for the top part of the bodice creating a V-neck and strap sleeves.
This time we will work in the first 18 st. When you finish all the rows, you will continue with the next 18 st and so on. It is advisable to follow Diagram B.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x7, sl st in next st (17).
Row 2: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x6, sl st in next st (15).
Row 3: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x5, sl st in next st (13).
Row 4: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x4, sl st in next st (11).
Row 5: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x3, sl st in next st (9).
Row 6: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x3 (8).
Row 7: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch,*sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x2, sl st in next st (7).
Row 8: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch, *sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch* x2 (6).
Row 9: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch, sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch, sl st in next st (5)
Row 10: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch, sl st in next st, hdc in next stitch (4).
Row 11: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch, sl st in next st (3).
Row 12: sl st in 2nd st, hdc in next stitch (2).
Row 13: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch (2).
Row 14: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch (2).
Row 15: sl st in 1st st, hdc in next stitch (2).
Note: As you progress through the rows you will realize that in each sl st you will stitch a hdc and vice versa.
When you have finished one part of the V-neck and strap sleeve, you will continue in a similar manner with the other 3 parts. (Note well: The stitches change roughly for the left side, hence it is advisable you follow Diagram B). The bodice, when finished, should look like Diagram C. Fold the bodice in half and stitch the bodice closed with yarn. Stitch the top of the straps together.
After finishing the bodice, it is wise to sew material within it to prevent any stretch while it is worn. Cut material just slightly larger but following the shape of the bodice. Fold over the edges and pin within the inside of the bodice. Using a running stitch, sew on the material (my stitches could have been better but time was precious as I had to finish the costume for the carnival and I had already pushed myself beyond my limits trying to create 2 costumes from scratch, in 10 days!).
Have your little angel wear the bodice and measure from the side loops to the ground. This is the longest tulle length you will need. Cut tulle double this length, (48 x 2 = 96cm, in Starshine’s case), thread through so that the middle of the tulle length is sitting on the loop and hand sew into place with a couple of stitches. Repeat all the way around. Once finished have your little angel wear the dress, and as she stands up tall, trim away any excess tulle that scrapes onto the floor. The tulle should be cut near the ankle so as to avoid your little one from tripping over, accidently.
Whilst still wearing the dress measure from the strap sleeve till the wrist. Cutting 2 strips of tulle to the right length, fold them in half, lengthwise, and sew closed using a running stitch.
Taking more strips of tulle, make the ‘puffed’ sleeves and waistline and sew with a couple of stitches onto the dress. You may glue some glitter on the dress or sew some beads on the bodice for some shine.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions or comments, please voice your opinion in the comment box. Bare in mind that this is the first time I am writing a pattern/tutorial, so if you spot any errors, I would be immensely grateful if you could inform me. I would love to see your final creation based on this pattern, so please do post a photo of it, below.
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