thank you for your suggestions! I agree with finding material that isn't scratchy or too heavy...and I agree with the assessment of single crocheted strength on the top. Thank you for the advice about stretch / lengthening of the skirt due to gravity. I probably would have crocheted to fit and ended up with a problem!
I was considering a simple top and making a coordinating skirt out of 2 rectangles, to allow some interesting drapage. I'm still shopping for the right material - leaning towards bedspread cotton, but looking for other options!
Medium/intermediate crocheter here, thinking about fall/winter items to make.
I'm interested in really expanding my horizons, and was wondering how feasible it would be to crochet a full dress. Not a mini dress (my old bones don't do mini-anything!), and not a skirt; I want a real, full swinging dress. Ankle length, preferably, and I envision the skirt portion to be more bell like, not pencil shaped. My experiences with finding patterns for this are that the patterns are either for babies/toddlers/little girls, they're very expensive and outside of my abilities (read: for super experienced crocheters) or they're horribly outdated and not something I'd want to wear.
Am I asking too much? Dreaming outside of the realms of possibility? Should I just stick with making eleventybillion hats & afghans for charity as I have for the past few years?
There are so many things I need to be consider before even dreaming about this.
1. What weight of yarn/thread is best? - I was considering bedspread crochet thread so it doesn't look like I'm wearing an afghan 2. How heavy will it be when I wear it? 3. How open weave will it be? (read: will I have to wear a bodyslip / camisole underneath) 4. Where will I get a pattern for it, and will it be easy enough for me to figure out?
Have you crocheted a dress? If so....where'd you find good patterns? What things should I be worried about, what hints can you share?
Any and all comments would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Which explains why the stuff is actually pretty good, and doesn't bleed at all. For a "value" product, it's really nice stuff. I was surprised, but pleasantly so. I use Prism for embroidery projects that don't need a particular DMC number. The colors are great! And their variegated threads are really super for x-stitching words or patterns.
So...came up with a few more...maybe Ben & Jerry will come up with a pagan line! I sent this to my HP, he was groaning due to the horrific puns I came up with.
Chalice Cocoa Boline Berry Circle Sherbet Morgan Le Sorbet Yulelicious Mint Mabonberry Aphro-diet-y (this can be the low-cal version) Zeusjuice (popsicle) Sun-sational Pineapple Pan-demic Buddha Berry Spellicorice Wand-termelon Ra-zberry Chanting Cherry
First of all, LisaLady is now my official embroidery hero - she is a bucket of pure unadulterated win! Take everything she said, print it out, and take it to heart! She certainly knows her stuff. And threading the needle instructions - Lisa said it much better than I could. It's how I do it most of the time.
One of the most frustrating parts of embroidery can be threading the needle - needle threaders break a lot for me, so if I'm particularly klutzy, I will use another thread to replace the wire of the needle threader. If you find that Lisa's method isn't working for you, you can do the "K's cheap ol' needle threader method".
Here's what I do: Take a scrap thread about 6" long (single strand), and double it to make a loop. (I usually use a thread that is a different color than the thread I'm working with, because my eyes can get old & tired.) Thread the loop of this 6" piece through the eye of the needle, then put your floss - however many strands you're using - through that loop, which is essentially a big ol' eye. Drag the loop back through the eye of the needle and VOILA - threaded needle.
I rarely knot my floss together. I don't like to work with more than an 18" length of floss and my set up is like this (to use your diagram):
0=end (I don't use knots - you might want to google "waste knot", as this is an excellent technique!), T=needle
I use DMC and Prism floss, and Prism cotton floss can easily be separated into 6 strands. Prism also makes a type of cord/twisted thread version of their embroidery floss, and they call it "craft thread" or something like that. It's thicker than standard cotton floss.
If you're still having issues, you might need a bigger eye on your needle. Get a needle with an eye as big as you can find it, but won't make a hole in your fabric. I experiment with many kinds of needles depending on the project. Oh, and when I embroider, I love muslin. It's cheap as heck, easy to find, and works great for my stuff.
PS - I just found out that DMC makes Prism; Prism is their "value" brand.
That is absolutely darling - it has so many uses! You can make even make it bigger and make a clutch purse, attach a strap, use it instead of a gift bag, etc.! I'd love to see a pattern for this if you can share it.
Beautiful work! I love the "stem"....clever stuff!