Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Candy Corn outfit (skirt)

Here is my version of a Halloween outfit.  I didn't want to create a costume for two reasons.  One, I don't particularly care for Halloween and two, I like my outfits to be versatile.  So I decided on the candy corn outfit.  That way it can be a Halloween outfit or not just by changing the colors of the skirt and halter top.  I normally like to make my skirt/top sets to look like a dress when paired, but this time it didn't quite work out because I had to add a waistband to the skirt so it would fit right.  It interrupts the "dress" look, but not by much.  I might make a belt to cover the waistband to turn it into a belted dress.  I am also tinkering with the idea of making a purse in a candy corn shape.  It's hard to tell from the picture in the front, but the skirt comes to a v-shape in the back and an inverted v-shape in the front.  Also, I normally have my skirts sit right on the hip line, but this skirt sits at her waist line.




Materials

Size 10 thread in orange
Size 10 thread in yellow
Size 6 (1.8mm) steel hook
1 sew on snap

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions

Notes:  By design this skirt is worked flat from back seam to back seam and will not meet in the back by at least a half inch, but when the back seam is sewn it will be able to slip on doll.

Sc dec = Insert hook and draw up a loop in each of the next two stitches (three loops now on hook), hook yarn and draw through all three loops on the hook.

Row 1:  Starting at back seam, with orange, ch 46, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (45 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (44 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (44 sc)

Rows 4-25:   Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately.  There will be 33 sc at end of row 25.

Row 26:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st aross to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (34 sc)

Row 27:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (34 sc)

Rows 28-49:  Repeat rows 26 and 27 alternately.  There will be 45 sc at end of row 49.  DO NOT TURN at end of row 49.

Working around edges of skirt, ch 1, sc in each sc down first back seam of skirt to last sc, 3 sc in last sc, continuing across bottom, work 24 sc evenly spaced up to high point in front, sc in in center st of high point, work 24 sc evenly spaced across bottom to other back seam, working up second back seam, 3 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across, (total of 141 sts), turn, sl st in next 10 sts ( back opening), carefully matching up sts of back seam, sc back seam together (this will make for a sturdier seam than sewing as the skirt will be stretched to get over hips of doll).  Fasten off.

Waistband

Row 1:  Join orange in first st at back left opening, sc 40 evenly spaced across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  [sc in first (next) 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts] across, turn.  (30 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, DO NOT TURN.  (30 sc)

Placket (overlap to sew snap to)

Row 1:  Ch 1, work 25 sc evenly spaced around back opening, turn.  (25 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, turn.  (25 sc)

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.

Ruffle:  Join yellow with sl st in any st at bottom of skirt, ch 4 (counts as first tr), 2 tr in same st as joining, 3 tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew snap to back opening.




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