Barbie Simple Sheath Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)
In Colorblocking Clothes in Crochet, the main photo I used was from watbetty's colorblocked sheath dress in Ravelry. I wanted to make something similar to it, so this was my first attempt at making a sheath dress with straps. If you want to go straight to the colorblocked dress, you can visit Barbie Colorblock Mod Sheath Dress and Barbie Colorblocked Panel Sheath Dress.
This is a free pattern for a Barbie Simple Sheath Dress. This pattern is made specifically for Barbie Basics doll (or Model Muse). For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crocheting Clothes for Barbie.
What Is a Sheath Dress?
A sheath dress consists of a figure-hugging silhouette with a defined waist. While it hugs the body similar to a bodycon dress, it can have longer lengths and does not necessarily have to stick like a second skin. This silhouette is usually sleeveless with thick or thin straps holding the dress up.
- Size No. 1 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread;
- 2 Small Snaps;
- Tapestry Needle; and
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sl st - slip stitch;
- Sk - skip
- Sc - single crochet; and
- Sc2tog - sc the next 2 sts together.
Starting from bottom:
Rnd 1: Ch 40, sc in first ch, ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in the first sc, turn. (40)
Rnd 2-16: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join, turn. (40)
Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 16 sts, sc2tog, sc in last 10 sts, join, turn. (38)
Rnd 18-19: Repeat Rnd 17 with the middle sc's reduced by 2 for each row. (36, 34)
From this point, do not join the rounds:
Row 20: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn. (34)
Row 21: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, turn. (34)
Row 22 - 25: Repeat Row 21. Fasten off on last row. (34)
Row 26: Add new color with sl st on next st, ch 1, sc in same st, Repeat Row 21 across. (34)
Row 27-31: Repeat Row 21.
Row 32: Ch 1, sc in the first 11 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 11 sc, turn. (36)
Rows 33 - 38: Repeat Row 32 with the middle sc stitches increasing by 2 for each row until the middle stitch count reaches 22 sc. (Row 38: 48 sc)
Row 39: Ch 1, sc in the first 7 sc, ch 10, sk the next 9 sc, sc in the next 16 sc, ch 10, sk the next 9 sc, sc in the last 7 sc, turn. (30 sc, 20ch)
Row 40: Ch 1, sc in the next 6 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 8 ch, sc2tog, sc in the next 14 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 8 ch, sc2tog, sc in the last 6 sc, turn. (46)
Row 41: Ch 1, sc in the next 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 5 sts, sc2tog, sc in the next 5 sts, sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sts, sc2tog, sc in the last 5 sts. (41)
Weave in all ends. Sew on 2 snaps at the back to close.
Questions & Answers
Will this dress fit a 17-inch tall Barbie?
You will probably need to adjust the size to make it fit a 17-inch Barbie.Helpful 9