My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Learn to Crochet Barbie Clothes: Sheath Dress With Straps
This is a free pattern for a simple sheath dress for Barbie. This pattern is made specifically for a Barbie Basics doll (or Model Muse). For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crocheting Clothes for Barbie.
Inspired by Colorblocking Patterns
In my article called 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 dresses, you can visit Barbie Colorblock Mod Sheath Dress and Barbie Colorblocked Panel Sheath Dress.
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 be longer 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
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch: chain
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Sk: skip
- Sc: single crochet
- Sc2tog: sc the next 2 sts together
Starting from the 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)
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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
Question: Will this dress fit a 17-inch tall Barbie?
Answer: You will probably need to adjust the size to make it fit a 17-inch Barbie.
Unknown on January 15, 2019:
Thank you so much for this pattern it fit my Barbie doll perfectly and it is very easy to make thanks again
imnjupiter on February 23, 2018:
I wish I could find crochet thread other than white. So many cute things to make!
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on February 01, 2018:
Unfortunately, I can't show you a photo of the back of this dress since this was from years ago. You should try joining the chains first before working the first row of sc's.
All of my patterns are reflections of what crochet knowledge I have back when I created the design, and I didn't know that I could actually join chains before working on the first row of sc's. This should help out with the space you see at the first joining.
I hope this helps you out.
Patricia on February 01, 2018:
Lovely dress! I am struggling to make the starting ( first round) to look good ... mine is leaving a funny lump or a strange space at the joint of the chain... I was hoping t get a nice finish ( like seamless) but I am failing terribly. Perhaps this imperfection on the first join is inevitable .....Do you have a picture from the back of the dress?
Your advice will be very much appreciated.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on April 11, 2016:
Hi, Gigi. Try using a smaller hook and check the fit once you reach Round 19. Adjust accordingly depending on the fit. The next Rows can be adjusted by using snaps, anyway, so are less important when figuring out whether yoi have the right gauge (or hook).
Gigi on April 11, 2016:
I use us #1 hook (2.35 mm) and my dress came out to big... is my gauge too loose or I've been using the wrong hook size?
rose on February 28, 2015:
I think I have tried every pattern you have written and i have found that the dresses fit perfectly every time. Your patterns are easy to follow and the no sew is great. I always keep checking to see if you have new patterns out. Thank you!
Hylie on June 11, 2014:
This is super cute!
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on March 17, 2013:
Hi, richieswife. Thanks for leaving a comment. Whenever I make my own pattern, I try to avoid doing any sewing as a) I don't sew much and b) I don't like the look of the seam I make when I do sew.
While I agree with you about wanting to get inside watbetty's brain, I'm just sharing my own notes (pattern) and try my best to create the look that I want.
richieswife on March 16, 2013:
This is great, thank you -- but watbetty makes them, at least the color blocked ones, flat. Sews them up afterwards. Makes doing the blocking easier than in the round, certainly. Her dresses fit like gloves, hugging every curve of each doll. I wish for an hour I could get inside her brain and write out her basic patterns!!!
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on November 01, 2012:
Thanks! I'll probably try to make some form of socks in the near future. I'm just not sure if it's possible to make it thigh high without the whole thing falling off of Barbie.
Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on November 01, 2012:
Pinned! I love this dress. Do you think you could maybe post a pattern for thigh high crochet stockings or knee high socks?
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on September 06, 2012:
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on September 06, 2012:
Barbie looks very pretty!