My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
In a previous article, Colorblocking Clothes in Crochet, I used the main photo from watbetty and have since published my own pattern for a Barbie Simple Sheath Dress. I, however, received comments on how I should not have joined the Rounds as I went along the pattern and just sewed the seams together once the dress was done. I concede that while it would be easier to change colors when the piece is worked flat, I wanted to avoid doing any sewing, so I always try joining the rounds whenever I can. Hence, in my Barbie Colorblocked Panel Sheath Dress, I used the pattern and did some colorblocking while working in rounds.
So for the Barbie Colorblock Mod Sheath Dress, I designed a new pattern that is worked flat in rows (no rounds this time) and can easily be modified to suit whatever colorblocked design you want to do. I made this dress two times, both shown in the main photo above, using different colorblock designs to achieve two different looks. I will be sharing both designs in this hub, so choose one you want to make first before following the pattern.
This design was made specifically for the Barbie Basics (or Model Muse) body. For more information on the different Barbie body types, please visit Crocheting Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.
Materials and Gauge
- Size No. 7 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in as many colors as you want to use
- 1 Small Snap
- Gauge: 10 sc and 11 sc rows = 1". To ensure a proper fit, take the time to check your gauge
Abbreviations (in American Terms)
- RS - right side
- WS - wrong side
- Ch - chain
- Sc - single crochet
- Dec - decrease the next 2 stitches
- Inc - 2 sc in the next stitch
- Sk - skip
- Sl st - slip stitch
- MC - main color
- CC(n) - contrast color (number)
Basic Pattern for the Sheath Dress
Note: This dress is made in one piece.
Starting from the bottom:
Row 1 (RS): Ch 47, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (46)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each ch across, turn. (46)
Rows 3-22: Repeat Row 2. (46)
Row 23: Ch 1, sc in the first 3 sc, *dec, sc in the next 2 sc* 2 times, sc in the next 5 sc, repeat * 4 times, sc in the next 3 sc, *sc in the next 2 sc, dec* 2 times, sc in the last 3 sc, turn. (38)
Rows 24-38: Repeat Row 2. (38)
Note: In order to figure out if the dress will fit your doll, just sc the back seams together and try it on your doll. If it does not fit, you will need to adjust your hook size for a bigger gauge.
Row 39: Ch 1, inc, sc in each sc across until the last sc, inc, turn. (40)
Rows 40-42: Repeat Row 2. (40)
Row 43: Ch 1, sc in the first 4 sc, inc, sc in the next 3 sc, inc, sc in the next 6 sc, inc, *sc in the next 2 sc, inc* 3 times, sc in the next 6 sc, inc, sc in the next 3 sc, inc, sc in the last 4 sc, turn. (52)
Rows 44-46: Repeat Row 2. (52)
Fasten off at the end of the last Row.
Row 47: Sk the first 13 sc, sc in the next 20 sc, sk the remaining sc, turn. (20)
Row 48: Ch 1, dec, sc in each sc across until the last 2 sc, dec, turn. (18)
Rows 49-50: Repeat Row 48. (16, 14)
Row 51: With RS facing, sk the first 5 sc of Row 46, join thread with sl st in the next sc, ch 12, sc in the 14 sc of Row 50 of the bodice, ch 12, sl st in the 6th to the last sc of Row 46 and in the next sc, turn. (3 sl st, 14 sc, 24 ch)
Row 52: Sc in each of the 12 ch, sk 1 sc, sc in the next 12 sc, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the 12 ch, sl st in the 5th to the last sc of Row 46. (36 sc, 1 sl st)
Weave in all ends. Sew the back seam from the bottom until you reach the last 8 Rows of the back. Sew in a snap at the top to close the back.
How to Make the Brown Sheath Dress
Here are the changes you will need to make to the Basic Pattern:
- You will need 2 colors for this project: MC (dark brown) and CC (beige).
- Work Rows 1-2 with your CC.
- Row 3: work MC in the first 11 sc, CC in the next 2 sc, MC in the next 20 sc, CC in the next 2 sc, MC in the last 11 sc.
- Repeat the color pattern for Row 3 as you go along the pattern until you reach the bodice.
- Work the Bodice in MC.
- Work the Straps in CC.
How to Make the Colorblock Mod Sheath Dress
This pattern is perfect for using up those leftover balls of thread you may have lying around from another project. You do not need to copy the color blocks exactly, just keep in mind to separate the blocks with several rows of your MC to achieve a mod look. Here are the changes I made to make this dress:
- You will need at least 2 colors for this project. I used 4 for the dress I made in the photo: MC (white), CC1 (lime green), CC2 (aqua blue), and CC3 (dark brown).
- Rows 1-6: Use CC1.
- Rows 7-9: Use MC.
- For Row 8: CC2 in the first 21 sc, MC in the next 4 sc, CC3 in the last 21 sc.
- Work the MC in the same stitches to form a vertical line going up the dress as you go along the pattern.
- You can choose the number of Rows you want to make for each color block and add 3 Rows of MC to separate them from each other.
- For the dress I made, here is a list of the number of Rows I used for each color block (from bottom to top): 13 Rows of CC2, 20 Rows of CC3, 15 Rows of CC1, 13 Rows of CC2, 8 Rows of CC3, and 4 Rows of CC1.
Styling the Sheath Dress
Add accessories to complete the outfit. Choose your favorite hat pattern and make one in a matching color to complete Barbie's look. The hat you can see on the photos are from Nicky Epstein's Crochet for Barbie Doll book.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on January 29, 2017:
Hello, malak1. I'm actually unsure about the size conversion for my crochet hooks, since I just buy them locally here in the Philippines (one hook costs ~$0.25) and it only says its size number on it.
I think it is around 1.65mm though, since I did finally get around to buying a hook gauge recently. I tried placing my small hooks in the 2mm hole (smallest hole available) and there was still some room left for the hook to wiggle.
malak1 on January 29, 2017:
Hello,Your patterns are sooo cute.thanks for sharing.I was wondering about the crochet hook you used for this project.I think that no. 7 hook is very big for this small dress.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on May 01, 2015:
The pattern for the hat is by Nicky Epstein in the book I linked in the Amazon capsule above. Unfortunately, since it is not my original pattern, I cannot post it online.
maria on April 30, 2015:
Hello, I love your patterns and the instructions are so understandable. I was wondering if you are posting a pattern for the beautiful hats on the dolls.
Thank you again