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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Is it sewing or crochet? My mixed media dress NOW WITH TUTORIAL! on: February 26, 2008 08:32:11 PM
I saw this dress in the Urban Outfitters catalog and thought I needed one for myself.  It was the best of both worlds- easy crochet and simple sewing.  The yarn is Cotton Ease, the fabric's from Joann's, one yard and one skein.  
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/mmdress1.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/mmdress2.jpg
The one strap is twisted here.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/feb08135.jpg
Deets...the ribbon is just that cheap by the spool stuff.  I might add it to the trimming at the bottom, which is just double crochet.

If anyone wants, I'll be writing a tutorial and making another tonal white dress.  Now it just needs to be summer!!

Tutorial:

The bodice is based off of this pattern, but pretty highly modifyed, still, credit where credit is due.

S-M-L  (I'm a 34C and made 'M')

Bodice (make 2): Ch 9-11-13. Crochet dc up along one side of chain (first st replaces 2 ch sts) = 7-9-11 dc. In the last ch work 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, the continue with dc down the other side of chain. Turn the work, crochet back and forth on each side of center chain - 1 dc in each dc from the previous row and in the ch from previous row at the top, work 2 dc, ch 1 and 2 dc every row. Crochet 6-7-8 rows back and forth. Crochet the next 2 rows as follows: ch 2 + 2 dc in the first dc from previous row, * ch 1, skip over 2 dc, 3 dc in the next dc *, repeat from * - * up to the top, in ch from previous row at the top work 3 dc, ch 1, 2 dc. Repeat from * - * down other side.

Top: Place the 2 bodice halves together. Sew/crochet them together at the middle, about 2 or three inches.  Then, starting at the bottom side, crochet around the bottom of the top and then chain all the way around, trying it on to get a nice fit.  When you're happy with it, slip stitch the chains so you now have a nice round bodice.  Crochet two rows of dc at the bottom of the bodice.  Now, for as man rows as you like, starting at the side of the bodice slip stitch twice up the side, then make 2 or so rows of the bolded pattern above.  

Straps: Sc 3 in the top of one of the bodice halves, sc until you get the right lenght for you.  You can cross these over or do what I did and place them in the center of the back.  This keeps them from falling down.  Do the same for the other half.

Now, skirt and assemble.  Start with a yard of fabric, or more/less depending on your size.  




Voila, you're done!  If this needs any clarification please let me know!  Once you start making it you'll see it isn't too hard and you can make all sorts of modifications as you go.  
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