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« on: September 20, 2011 12:07:49 PM »


I love yellow and when I found some bright yellow crochet cotton I bought two 200 gram balls even though I had no idea what I would use it for. A couple of months ago I saw a nice pattern for a crochet tunic on Ravelry

I liked the stitch - but not the design for the  top of the tunic, so I used a doily pattern from an old Anna Burda as a yoke. 



I first made a chain that would go over my head and joined it into a circle.  Then I did  a row of trebles (UK)  and started the doily pattern at the row which had the same number of stitches - if you see what I mean.  This was made easier by the fact that I was following a chart.  I continued the doily until it was large enough that I could close it under the arms and formed a nice yoke.   It actually ended up almost at my waist.



The next row I did part way round and skipped the bit I wanted to be the armhole and continued on around the back until I came to the next armhole which I skipped again.  I then started the crochet motif for the Ravelry tunic and just carried it on down until I ran out of thread.

I am afraid I didn't think to take any pictures of this process while I was doing it.

I crocheted a chain to be a tie belt and threaded it through around where I want the waist to be. I crocheted circles on the ends to stop them slipping back.

The crochet cotton  is called 3 ply and using a 3.5mm crochet hook the individual motifs for the main body of the dress ended up about 4cm by 4 cm



I see from my pictures that the sleeves/armholes  gape a little  Embarrassed  so I must sew them up a bit. Also I need to make a yellow slip to go underneath.  Otherwise I am really happy with how it turned out.  Being made of crochet it hangs very nicely and is a very flexible garment so I didn't need to have an exact size when I was making it. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011 12:15:59 PM »

thats a crazy amount of work! wow.  Not my style but I can definitely appreciate the work you put into it for sure!@
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011 01:28:20 PM »

That is gorgeous! It's totally flattering too Smiley Beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2011 01:44:30 PM »

I REALLY love that!!!  It will look so so good with a yellow slip under it!!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2011 01:52:24 PM »

Great work, and it looks so good on you. It shows your figure in a very flattering way.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2011 02:04:04 PM »

OMG I LOVE this!! It totally rocks! It looks great on you and the stitches are beautiful! I am inspired.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2011 02:54:10 PM »

That really is pretty!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011 04:19:58 PM »

Wow! How long did this take you? I would never have the patience for something like this ha.. but the effort you put in was worth it, because it looks great on you!
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2011 04:55:13 PM »

So much dedication!  And it looks great on you!
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011 05:40:01 PM »

Beautiful!  I love yellow too.
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011 07:57:39 PM »

I love the colour and the style!
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2011 08:45:45 PM »

Wow, sooo pretty! 
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011 09:28:16 PM »

That is really so beautiful. I can't crochet but I love this so much. I think you should make your slip skin toned so it doesn't detract from the hard work of your beautiful pattern.
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2011 05:46:57 AM »

Very pretty!  I love the drape of it and the bright color.  I like the slip you are wearing under it now, it really shows off the stitches.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2011 06:38:30 AM »

Great job! It looks beautiful!
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2011 07:17:58 AM »

This is amazing I love to crochet but I am afraid to crochet anything more than a bolero I love this it is amazing espicially since it is the small yarn. So great thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2011 09:13:42 AM »

 Shocked  so impressive!
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2011 09:22:18 AM »

Beautiful job.
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2011 11:23:10 AM »

Thank you so much everyone for all the kind comments and advice.  It took me about 2 months on and off.  Once the yoke was finished the skirt part was very easy and worked up quickly.
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« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2011 12:39:05 PM »

Best use for doily in a dress I've ever seen! Never would have thought it made such nice sleeves. Your design work on this dress was very clever. This could probably work with all kinds of doily patters. Love the skirt pattern, and the color! You could wear all kinds of colors underneath to combine them with the yellow.
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« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2011 01:16:01 PM »

WOW! very nice, must have taken forever... LOVE the color
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« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2011 11:40:41 PM »

Oh wow, that is a great dress!

How long did it take to make it?
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2011 11:10:56 AM »

Oh wow, that is a great dress!

How long did it take to make it?
About 2 months on and off.  It actually went surprisingly quickly once I got past the yoke.  I just went round and round until I ran out of thread.
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2011 04:35:51 PM »

This is amazing! Kudos to you!
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011 03:07:51 PM »

I really love this dress. Now I want one. That is some really amazing work and such an original design.
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011 06:18:38 PM »

I am in awe, this is FABULOUS!! Smiley Great work!!
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« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2011 08:20:29 PM »

love the color! and wow, what a dress! beautiful!
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« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2011 10:45:10 PM »

That is GORGEOUS! ! !

Great thing about it is you could change the color of the slip underneath to alter the look of it. But I LOVE the yellow!
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« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2011 05:57:50 AM »

What a beautiful dress! Jo-Ann Fabrics had some 340/400g cotton yarn on clearance ($4.98 a skein) & I couldn't think of what I could use it for, so I didn't buy any. This is such an inspiration, I think I'm going back and grabbing some to try my own dress! Thanks, elderflower!
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« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2011 06:04:34 PM »

You have my admiration! I don't crochet, so I can't even imagine the work this took.  Sometimes I see crocheted clothing on hangers and think "those stitches are pretty, but that probably wouldn't look good on a person.." NOT the case here! You did a fantastic job of designing something superflattering and gorgeous! Wear it with pride!
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« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2011 07:16:03 PM »

You look excellent,it totaly compliments your figure.Great job.
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« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2011 02:40:43 PM »

I'm in awe. Crocheting is not my thing, and I would never even dream of making a dress.

The fit, style and color are super-flattering. I agree that you cold wear several different colors underneath to get slightly different looks. I'd suggest black, but I really like yellow and black together.
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Beautiful!   Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: February 04, 2012 08:44:50 AM »

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