I made several of these before I knew a pattern or instructions for doing so existed. This is the easiest toddler or little girl dress you’ll ever make. Here’s Candi Jensen’s version as shown on HGTV.
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_needlework_crochet/article/0,,HGTV_3260_2820290,00.html (original link)
http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-crochet-a-childs-dress/index.html (current link 02/12) (Thanks, Barbara!)
You can make this dressy or not. You can easily add a sleeve or even crochet a little shrug to top it.
How about this one by Cristina?
One really nice thing about taking the time to make a dress for this age child is the amount of wear she’ll get out of the dress. Since kiddies from age 2 to 8 or even 10 mostly grow up rather than out, if you leave a deep hem in this dress, you can let the hem out more than once, allowing the dress to be worn year after year or by several children.
Another idea is to edge the dress with a crocheted hem. Why not? There are so many pretty edgings with free patterns online, you can easily find one that will match your crochet stitches or the print on the fabric.
So, get busy! You have time to make a cute dress and shrug like this for that special little girl in your life before Easter. You can even apply a little flower to the kerchief above to create a special easter bonnet! Here’s a freebie from Adorn Magazine’s website:
I HAVE TO SHARE A GREAT IDEA FOR THIS LITTLE DRESS THAT WAS EMAILED TO ME BY SHARON BOLTON.Â Here’s what she wrote:
How about using a pretty pillowcase for the dress portion with the
crocheted yoke? Â They often have pretty hems.
Sharon in Phoenix
That got me really thinking!Â Wow!Â What about one of those Crinoline Lady pillowcases?Â Oh, I think I have to go find me one of those and see what I can do with it!
[tags]CROCHET GIRL DRESS SHRUG FLOWER[/tags]
By jd wolfe