Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

Updated on June 4, 2017
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My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress
Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress | Source

Whenever I want to look for inspiration for my next design, I always check out designs from Paradise Publications for their period dresses. Having actually done a couple of their designs, I must say that their attention to detail is astounding, but I always end up hating the process, since it takes me much longer to finish one dress due to all the details.

One thing I observed that most patterns have is the idea of a petticoat. It helps the skirt look even more puffy than it would draping on its own. So for this pattern, I wanted to revisit the idea of having an underskirt to a dress without having the skirt resemble a doily.

This dress uses the same ruffle technique from Barbie Flounce Off-Shoulder Dress. If you want to make a hat to go with this dress, you can check out the link for a simple hat pattern that uses the same stitch pattern.

This hub is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress. It was designed to fit Barbie Model Muse body types. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.

What is a Petticoat?

A petticoat is an article of clothing that goes under a skirt or dress. It is also called an underskirt and is usually a separate garment hanging from the waist. They are not, strictly speaking, underwear as they are usually made to be seen.

Petticoats were worn throughout history for women who wanted to have the fashionable shape to their clothing. It holds the over skirts out in a dome shape to give the impression of a smaller waist.

Materials

  • Size No. 1 Crochet Steel Hook;
  • Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in MC and CC;
  • 3 Small Snaps;
  • Tapestry Needle;
  • Scissors;
  • Needle and Thread.

Abbreviations Used in American Terms

  • MC - main color (variegated thread);
  • CC - contrast color (white);
  • Ch - chain;
  • St(s) - stitch(es);
  • Sl st - slip stitch;
  • Sc - single crochet;
  • Dc - double crochet;
  • Tr - triple crochet;
  • Inc - 2 sc in the indicated st;
  • Sk - skip;
  • Sc2tog - sc the next 2 sts together;
  • Sc3tog - sc the next 3 sts together;
  • BLO - back loops only;
  • FLO - front loops only; and
  • Ch-sp - chain space.

Pattern

Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress
Barbie Sleeveless Petticoat Dress | Source

Bodice

Starting from the waist up,

Row 1: With MC, ch 26, sc in the back bar of the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the back bar of each ch across, turn. (25)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 8 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the next 5 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the last 8 sc, turn. (29)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (29)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 8 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the next 9 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the last 8 sc, turn. (33)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (33)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 8 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the next 13 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the last 8 sc, turn. (37)

Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (37)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in the first 8 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the next 17 sc, inc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in the last 8 sc, turn. (41)

Row 9: Repeat Row 3. (41)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in the first 9 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc, inc in each of the next 4 sc, sk the next sc, sc in the next 3 sc, sk the next sc, inc in each of the next 4 sc, sc in the next 4 sc, inc in the next sc, sc in the last 9 sc, turn. (49)

Rows 11 - 15: Repeat Row 3. (49)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc in the first 10 sc, ch 10, sk the next 3 sc, sc in the next 5 sc, sc2tog 2 times, sc in the next sc, sc3tog, sc in the next sc, sc2tog 2 times, sc in the next 5 sc, ch 10, sk the next 3 sc, sc in the last 10 sc, turn. (37 sc, 20 ch)

Row 17: Ch 1, sc in the first 10 sc, *sk the next 2 ch, sl st in the next ch, sc in the next 4 ch, sl st in the next ch, sk the next 2 ch*, sc in the next sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 11 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next sc, repeat *, sc in the last 10 sc, turn. (47)

Row 18: Ch 1, sc in the first 9 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 13 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog, sc in the last 9 sc. (43)

Fasten off.

Closer look at the petticoat
Closer look at the petticoat | Source

Petticoat

Row 19: Working in BLO of the starting ch on the opposite side of the bodice, join MC with sl st in the first st, ch 3 (counts as dc from here until Round 22), dc in the same st as the sl st, (dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st) across, turn. (34)

Fasten off.

Row 20: Join CC with sl st in the first dc, ch 3, dc in the next dc, (2 dc in the next dc, dc in the next 3 dc) across, turn. (42)

Row 21: Ch 3, dc in each dc across, turn. (42)

Round 22: Ch 3, dc in each dc across, join with sl st in the 2nd dc, turn. (42)

Round 23: Working through both thicknesses to form a tab for the first 2 dc, ch 2 (does not count as dc from here throughout), 2 dc in the first dc, dc in the next 3 dc, (2 dc in the next dc, dc in the next 3 dc) around, join with sl st in the first dc, turn. (50)

Round 24: Ch 2, dc in the first 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, (dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) around to the last 2 dc, dc in the last 2 dc, join, turn. (62)

Round 25: Ch 2, dc in the first 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, (dc in the next 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) around to the last 2 dc, dc in the last 2 dc, join, turn. (74)

Round 26: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, (dc in the next 8 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) around to the last 2 dc, dc in the last 2 dc, join, turn. (82)

Rounds 27 - 28: Ch 2, dc in each dc around, join, turn. (82)

Round 29: Ch 2, dc in each dc around, sl st in the FLO of the first dc to join, do not turn. (82)

Round 30: For ruffle, working in FLO, (ch 3, sk the next dc, sc in the next dc) around, sk the last dc, ch 1, hdc in the first ch of the first ch-3 to join.

Round 31: Ch 1, sc in the joining ch-sp, (ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-sp around, ch 3, sc in the joining ch-sp, ch 1, hdc in the first sc to join.

Round 32: Ch 1, sc in the joining ch-sp, ch 3, (sc, ch 3) in each ch sp around, join with sl st in the first sc.

Round 33: Working in the remaining free loops of Round 29, tr in each st around, join with sl st in the FLO of the first tr.

Rounds 34 - 36: Repeat Rounds 30 - 32.

Round 37: Working in the remaining free loops of Round 33, tr in each st around, join with sl st in the FLO of the first tr.

Rounds 38 - 40: Repeat Rounds 30 - 32.

Fasten off.

Barbie holding the skirt wide with her hands
Barbie holding the skirt wide with her hands | Source

Over Skirt

Row 41: Working in the remaining free loops of the starting ch on Row 1 of the bodice, join MC with sc in the first ch, (ch 3, sc in the next ch) across, turn.

Row 42: (Ch 3, sc in the next ch-sp) across, ch 3, sc in the last sc, turn.

Rows 43 - 44: (Ch 3, sc in the next ch-sp) across, turn.

Round 45: (Ch 3, sc in the next ch-sp) around to the last ch-sp, ch 3, sc the last and first ch-sp together to join, do not turn.

The following Rounds are worked in a continuous manner. There will be no joining stitches made until the very last Round. It is advisable to use a stitch marker to mark the first ch-sp of every Round.

Rounds 46 - 51: (Ch 3, sc) in each ch-sp around.

Rounds 52 - 53: (Ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-sp around.

Rounds 54 - 58: (Ch 4, sc) in each ch-sp around. At the end of the last Round, ch 4, join with sl st in the first ch of the first ch-4.

Fasten off.

Back view for the placement of the snaps
Back view for the placement of the snaps | Source

Sew on snaps to close the dress. I used 3 - 2 for the bodice and 1 for the underskirt. I left the over skirt alone to reduce the bulk it would have from having 2 snaps on top of each other.

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