Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Ribbons and Bows" Christmas Barbie dress and bow wristlet/clutch

Well, here is my second holiday dress out of the three that I plan to make.  It is a little racy and shows some "skin" but I like the effect. Whereas the last dress is pretty simple to make, this one is the opposite.  It is a little complicated because there is a lot of shaping and I wanted to do something a little nicer to look at than a simple sc pattern which would have been a lot easier,  but I think it was worth it.

                                                                           


Materials

Size 10 thread in red
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
about 18" of 3/8" red ribbon
3 ribbon roses
4 sew on snaps
little tiny bit of fiberfill

Gauge

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

Directions

Skirt

Row 1:  Starting at hips, with red, ch 41, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook (to prevent holes when working in opposite side of ch later) and in each ch across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 8 times, turn.  (48 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] 4 times, ch 8, sk next 7 sts, [sc in next st, dc in next st] 8 times, sc in same st as last dc made, ch 8, sk next 7 sts, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, turn.  (35 sts, 16 chs)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in first 9 sts, ch 8, sc in next 17 sts, ch 8, sc in last 9 sts, turn.  (35 sts, 16 chs)

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, ch 8, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 8 times, ch 8, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, turn.  (35 sts, 16 chs)

Row 6:  Repeat row 4.

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 8 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times, turn.  (35 sts, 12 chs, 2 sl sts)

Rows 8-11:  Repeat rows 4 and 5 two more times.

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in first 9 sts, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next 17 sts, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in last 9 sts, turn.  (35 sts, 12 chs, 2 sl sts)

Rows 13-16:  Repeat rows 5 and 4 (in that order) two more times.

Row 17:  Repeat row 7.

Row 18:  Ch 1, sc in first 9 sts, ch 7, sc in next 17 sts, ch 7, sc in last 9 sts, turn.  (35 sts, 14 chs)

Row 19:  Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch across, turn.  (49 sc)

Row 20:  Ch 6 (counts as first tr and ch 2), sk next 2 sts, [tr in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts] 15 times, tr in last st, turn.  (16 ch 2 sps)

Row 21:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each ch 2 sp and in each tr across, sc in 4th ch of beg ch 6, DO NOT TURN.  (48 sc)

Now working along first back seam edge, ch 1, 3 sc in side of tr, 20 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows up to waist, fasten off.

Now working along second back seam edge, join red with sc in side of tr of row 20, 2 sc in same sp, 20 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows up to waist, turn, ch 1, sl st in first 8 sts (back opening), holding back seam edges tog and carefully matching up sts, sc seam tog, turn skirt right side out without fastening off.

Row 22:  Ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in first st, 2 tr in each st around, join to beg ch 4.  Fasten off.  (96 tr)

Top

Row 1:  Now starting on opposite side of row 1, join red with sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 7, sk next 6 sts, [sc in next st, dc in next st] 3 times, sc dec over next 2 sts, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 7, sk next 6 sts, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn.  (27 sts, 14 chs)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, ch 7, sc in next 13 sts, ch 7, sc in last 7 sts, turn.  (27 sts, 14 chs)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 7, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times, ch 7, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn.  (27 sts, 14 chs)

Row 4:  Repeat row 2.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn.  (27 sts, 12 chs, 2 sl sts)

Rows 6-9:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 two more times.

Row 10:  Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 4 times, sc in next st, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in last 7 sts, turn.  (31 sts, 12 chs, 2 sl sts)

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 7 sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 8 times, ch 7, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn.  (31 sts, 14 chs)

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, ch 7, sc in next 17 sts, ch 7, sc in last 7 sts, turn.  (31 sts, 14 chs)

Row 13-14:  Repeat rows 11 and 12 once more.

Row 15:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 8 times, ch 3, sl st around 4 chs below, ch 3, sc in next st, [dc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn.  (31 sts, 12 chs, 2 sl sts)

Row 16:  Repeat row 12.

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch across, turn.  (45 sc)

Row 18:  Sl st in first 14 sts, sc in next st, [ch 2, sk next st, sc in next st] 8 times, turn.  (8 ch 2 sps)

Row 19:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, [ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp] 7 times, turn.  (7 ch 2 sps)

Rows 20-23:  Repeat row 19 four more times.  At end of row 23 there will be 3 ch 2 sps.

Row 24:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, [ch 4, sc in next ch 2 sp] 2 times.  DO NOT TURN. (2 ch 4 sps)

Now working in ends of rows, ch 1, 10 sc evenly spaced down front to row 17 of back, 14 sc across to back opening, ch 1, work 25 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows down back opening, work 25 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows up other side of back opening, ch 1, 14 sc across other side of row 17, 10 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows up other side of front.  Fasten off.

Finishing

1.  Take 5 1/2" of ribbon and weave through row 20 of skirt.  Tack ends tog at back and cover seam with a ribbon rose.



2.  Take 8" of ribbon (or how long you want) and weave through row 24 of top and tie in a bow at back.  Tack to row 24 to avoid losing ribbon.  Another option (which I did) is to take only enough ribbon to weave through row 24 and meet at back, fold ends under and sew a snap at back of neck.  This is an ugly and bulky option though, but Barbie's hair covers it. 



3.  Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back opening.

Directions for Bow wristlet/clutch purse

Note:  Purse does not open.

Row 1:  Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (14 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (14 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (14 sc)

Rows 4-?:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 2" ending with row 3.  DO NOT TURN at end of last row.

Ch 1, 20 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows down side of piece, ch 1, sc in each ch across bottom of row 1, 20 sc evenly spaced in ends of rows up other side of piece, join.  Fasten off.

Fold piece in half and sew 3 open sides closed, stuffing lightly with fiberfill before closing.  Wrap thread around middle of purse to create bow shape.  Take a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around middle of purse and create a loop to slip over doll's hand.  Tack in place.  Tack ribbon rose over ribbon where ribbon overlaps. 



Friday, November 4, 2011

"Winter Snow" Barbie dress and cape/wrap

This is my first attempt at designing a dress for Barbie.  I wanted to make it super-simple.  This meant no sewing seams, no working in the round if I could help it, no shaping, and weaving in as few ends as possible.  Pretty tall order, but I think I did it.  My plan is to make a total of three Holiday dresses, each with an accessory.  This first one is for the general winter holiday, the second one will be a red Christmas party dress and the third one will be a black New Year's Eve party dress (although working with black is a real pain so it might end up being silver or some other color).




Please keep the following in mind while crocheting this outfit.  This dress is worked in a flat, almost square piece.  This piece will SEEM to just barely meet behind the bust, be too big in the waist and too small in the hips, BUT the ribbing around the bust will have enough give to overlap for a snap and the pattern stitch (along with the edging and seaming) around the hips will have enough stretch to get the dress over the hips.  This still leaves the waist a little too big since Barbie's waist is ridiculously small compared to her hips! So, there are two options.  1.  You can sew the snap on in such a way that you pull the waist in a bit or  2.  You can gather the waist at the back like I did (I will give a step by step as to how I did that).
 

Materials

Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps
1   9/16th" white button (or any size button you like)

Gauge

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

Directions for dress

Note:  The easiest way I found to sc evenly along a piece is to fold it in half and mark with a stitch marker, then fold the half in half again and mark the quarter sections with a stitch marker.  Take the amount of stitches needed and divide by 4.  Then make sure to crochet that amount in between each stitch marker.

V-stitch = (dc, ch 1, dc) in stitch indicated

Bust

Row 1:  With white, ch 8, sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn.  (7 sc)

Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (7 sc)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 5" long.  DO NOT TURN at end of last row.

Working around edge of piece, ch 1, 44 sc evenly spaced along first long edge, ch 1, 7 sc across first short edge, ch 1, 44 sc evenly spaced along second long edge, leave remaining short edge unworked, turn.

Skirt

Row 1:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, sk next st, v-stitch in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (11 sc, 11 v-stitches)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) ch 1 space of v-stitch, v-stitch in next sc] across, turn.  (11 sc, 11 v-stitches)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 4" total length, DO NOT TURN at end of last row

Working in ends of rows around edge of piece, ch 1, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc up to ribbed bust, sc in each sc along ribbed bust, turn, ch 1, sc in each sc back down to bottom of dress working 3 ch in last st, working along bottom of dress, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc across, working up other back, 3 sc in first st, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc up to ribbed bust, sc in each sc along ribbed bust, turn, ch 1, sl st in first 20 sc (back opening), holding seams together sc rest of back seam tog, turn dress right side out, but DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Ruffle section

Round 1:  Working in FRONT LOOPS only around bottom of dress, [sl st, ch 2] in each st around, join to first sl st, do not turn.

Round 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS of previous round, sl st in first back loop, ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in each back loop around, join to top FRONT LOOP of beg ch 4, do not turn.

Round 3:  Ch 2, [sl st, ch 2] in each FRONT LOOP of st around, join to first sl st, do not turn.

Round 4:  Working in BACK LOOPS of previous round, sl st in first back loop, ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in same st as joining, 2 tr in each st around, join to top of first ch 4.  Fasten off.  (Finally!!!  lol)

Finishing

Sew 2 snaps to back opening, sewing one snap to back of waist so that the waist gets pulled in.  If you don't like the look this creates (like I didn't), sew both snaps even with each other and gather waist in back.

I gathered waist as follows.  Sew snaps where you want them first.  Turn dress inside out and place on doll.   Starting at side of waist, take needle and thread and run thread in and out of rows almost up to back seam.  Gather lightly (not to tight or dress will not get over hips) and tie off.  Repeat for other side of waist.

Directions for Cape/Wrap

Row 1:  Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (20 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, sk next st, v-stitch in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (5 sc, 5 v-stitches)

Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) ch 1 space of v-stitch, v-stitch in next sc] across, turn.  (5 sc, 5 v-stitches)

Rows 4-?:  Repeat row 3 until piece measures 6" long.

Working around edges, ch 1, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc across first short edge, ch 1, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc along first long edge, ch 1, sc in each sc along second short edge, ch 1, 2 sc in each v-stitch and sc in each sc along second long edge, ch 1, sc in each sc along first short edge AGAIN (this will make it even because the other short end has two rows of sc) to last st, ch 5 for buttonhole (or ch amount that will slip over your selected button), join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Sew button opposite of buttonhole.