I don't have any patterns for these. I learned to crochet to my measurements years ago for a pencil skirt tutorial that was up at crochetme, and I've gotten pretty good at making stuff that fits me pretty well. Let's take the tour, shall we?
Caron Simply Soft (black)
Red Heart Super Saver (pink)
This entire dress is one long screw up. I started out trying to make a halter with the Caron, and when I realized I bungled it, I added the pink parts to try and salvage it, and when that still wasn't working quite right, I added the skirt just to see if I could actually turn it into something I'd wear, and lo and behold, I did. I have to be careful how I bend over in it, as the neckline gets a bit risque, and I'm still not sure I totally love how the back turned out, but every time I wear it, I get a compliment or two, so I call it a win.
There's a string of elastic crocheted in the pink accent at the waist to help keep the whole thing looking properly fitted. I think the Simply Soft works really well for garments, but I'm not sure I'd use the Super Saver again. It works in this instance, but I find it's better for hats and scarves and arm warmers and stuff that you're gonna wash a lot so it'll soften up a bit more.
Lion Brand Pound of Love
I wanted to practice the V-Stitch, which I'd never worked with before, and I also had enough yarn to make basically anything, so I figured another dress couldn't hurt. This was made from the waist up, then the skirt was added, and finally I added the neck piece. The neck piece was attached on one side and worked in rows of V-stitch to compliment the v-stitch at the waist. I wanted some sort of small decoration around the neck, and the neck piece was too long anyway, so I worked it into a flat knot and then sewed down the loose end.
This one's actually just a little loose in the back, so it has a tendency to slip down an inch or so. It doesn't slip so much I get nervous in it, though. Pretty sure there's hidden elastic in the waist of this one, too.
Patons Classic Wool Worsted (light blue)
Caron Simply Soft (dark blue)Hook:
My pride and joy, specifically styled to call back to Joan Halloway's wardrobe on Mad Men. This is easily the best dress I've ever made. I started at the waist, worked my way to the shoulders, then added the skirt. The sleeves came next, and I'm very proud of how they turned out, as sleeves and I have a long, acrimonious relationship. It's all double crochet, save a few rounds of single at the waist (to tuck away the ever-present elastic), and the trim is also single crochet. I hand sewed the buttons, and the top can be unbuttoned, though it's got just enough ease I usually just slip it on and off.
It's a bit warm for summer, as it's wool, but it's a perfect fall and winter dress.