My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Crochet a Strapless Dress for Barbie With a Chevron-Patterned Skirt
While working on a different project involving chevrons, I got an e-mail requesting a new Barbie crochet pattern. Since the whole A-line shape does not really suit my Makies doll, I thought I would hit two birds with one stone by just designing the dress with Barbie as my model.
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie strapless chevron dress. I specifically designed it to fit a Barbie Model Muse body. For more information on the different Barbie body types available on the market, please visit Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll. As per the guidelines of this site, I am not allowed to write in a language other than English, so the link to the Dutch version can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in MC and CC
- 2 Small Snaps
- Tapestry Needle
- Needle and Thread
Gauge is similar to Barbie Panties with No Snaps: 10 sc = 1", 12 sc rows = 1"
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch: chain
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sl st: slip stitch
- MC: main color
- CC: contrasting color
- BLO: back loops only
- Sc: single crochet
- Sk: skip
How to Make the Chevron Pattern
As seen previously from Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress, I have used a chevron pattern before, but I was not able to increase and decrease with the ridged chevron stitch pattern. This technique uses chain spaces to start the chevron pattern, which gives the skirt more volume. So when starting, you want to have an odd number of chains to make sure you have a center for the chevron and an even number of stitches for its sides.
Here is the stitch pattern for the chevron stitch:
- When starting the row, ch 1, sl st in the first st, (ch an odd number of sts, sk 1 st, sl st in the next st) across, turn.
- When doing an even row, ch 1, (sk 1 st, sc in the next sts until you reach the middle st, work 3 sc in the middle st, sc in the next sts until you reach the final st of the chevron, sk 1 st) across, turn.
- When doing an increasing row, repeat the even row, but work 5 sc in the middle st instead of 3.
- Make sure you place even rows below increasing rows to have a better flow for the skirt.
We'll crochet the top first and then move into the chevron skirt.
Working from the waist up:
Row 1: In MC, ch 36, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (35)
Rows 2–10: Repeat Rows 2–10 of the Top from Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress (see link above). Change to CC when you reach the last sc of Row 10.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
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Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.
Working on the opposite side of the working ch, going from the waist down:
Row 1: With MC, ch 1, sc in each ch across, turn. (35)
Row 2 (Starting with the chevron pattern): Ch 1, sl st in the first sc, (ch 9, sk 1 sc, sl st in the next sc) across, turn. (17 chevrons)
Round 3 (Working an even row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 ch, sc in the next 3 ch, 3 sc in the next ch, sc in the next 3 ch, sk 1 ch) across, join with sl st in the first sc of the 2nd chevron in this Round to form a tab, turn. (17 chevrons)
Round 4: Ch 1, working through both thicknesses for the first chevron, work an even row of the chevron pattern, join with sl st in the first sc of the first chevron, turn. (16 chevrons)
From this point, all odd Rounds are worked in BLO, while all even Rounds are worked in both loops.
Round 5: Ch 1, work an even row of the chevron pattern, join, turn. (16 chevrons)
Rounds 6–8: Repeat Round 5. (16 chevrons)
Round 9 (Working an increasing row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc, 5 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 3 sc, sk 1 sc) around, join, turn. (16 chevrons)
Round 10 (Working an even row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 sc, sc in the next 4 sc, 3 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc, sk 1 sc) around, join, change thread from MC to CC in the last sc, turn. (16 chevrons)
Rounds 11–18: Repeat Round 10. (16 chevrons)
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Sew 2 snaps at the back to close.
For people wanting the Dutch version of this pattern, here is a link to a translation done by Nanske Panske: Barbie jurk Chevron.
Questions & Answers
Question: How do I make a tab while crocheting?
Answer: The tab is formed when you join the row with a sl st in a st that is not at the very edge. This will cause both ends to overlap, thereby forming the tab for you to sew the snaps on later.
Question: When using this Varbue chevron dress pattern, where does the 17th chevron stay after round 3 from the skirt?
Answer: Because you will be joining at the tip of the 2nd chevron, the 17th chevron and the 1st one are overlapping. That is why the chevron count in Round 4 becomes 16.
Vlinder Buiten on April 17, 2020:
Dank je wel voor de Nederlands vertaling, ben hier heel blij mee
Andréa on February 18, 2020:
In French please!
Maria on January 06, 2020:
How did you make the bust? The pattern only says sc for the waist up.
Angie on November 13, 2019:
The top part of dress doesnt work out,
Ingrid on September 06, 2019:
Thank you for the dutch pattern.
dominic9sarah on May 12, 2019:
How do you print this pattern?
mandie on April 28, 2019:
Fabulous dress, brilliant patterns. Thanks so much.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on July 09, 2018:
I tend to use the term "tab" a lot for joining the bottom portions of my patterns in order to get a neater back. By saying that you join in the sl st in the first sc of the 2nd chevron, I meant the 2nd chevron in the Round. Then when you turn, you will have 2 chevrons that are overlapping, so you work through both thicknesses for that said chevron.
Unfortunately, I'm not good with taking videos, so I don't have video tutorials up along with my patterns. I hope this is what you ended up doing.
Thanks for trying out my patterns. :)
Rhonda on July 08, 2018:
I finally figured it out. You mean to join in the round. I kept trying to turn back and join to the last chevron. The Tab reference is confusing to me. :-)
Rhonda on July 08, 2018:
I'm having trouble figuring out what to do here for the Bottom at the end of Round 3: ...join with sl st in the first sc of the 2nd chevron to form a tab, turn. (17 chevrons)
Then on Round 4: Ch 1, working through both thicknesses for the first chevron...(16 chevrons)
It's the sl st join and both thicknesses I can't seem to comprehend. Do you have a video or can you explain a little more clearly to me? I crochet a lot but this one something I haven't encountered before. Thanks!
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on May 21, 2018:
Unfortunately, the hooks I'm using are just generic hooks that just literally say "6" or "3". The hooks are too small to use for knitting gauges, so I can't tell what sizes they really are.
I know "6" or "3" can convert to the regular crochet hooks that are way too big for thread, that's why there's a word "steel" before the hook. If you have hooks that are suitable for Size No. 10 crochet thread, use those and see if they fit your doll. Adjust up or down depending on the size of the outfit.
Hope this helps you.
Amanda on May 19, 2018:
Hey, I am having trouble figuring out the hook sizes for your patterns. You say to use a No.6 or 3 or whatever, but a No.6 what? Just "steel hook" doesn't help. Is it in us, uk, canadian.... I tried to convert just No.6 but anything that would convert into is way tonight to be using with No.10 cotton thread.
Mary Garrett on June 13, 2017:
Love your Barbie clothes
marissa lopez on April 22, 2017:
very beautiful, great pattern, thanks so much :)
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on November 11, 2016:
Hi, edith. Just click on the link to get to the instructions for the top part of the dress. I just tested it and the link works.
edith on November 11, 2016:
I cannot find the directions for the bra part of the dress. Can you correct this in the pattern Thanks
Nancy on October 26, 2016:
Nice Pattern i made it
Grammidoll on May 14, 2016:
All of your patterns are wonderful and this one is absolutely tops!!! Thanks so much for your time and generousity!!! I love to use your patterns for my Barbie Doll collection.
Donna Herron from USA on January 27, 2016:
Great pattern and so cute! I love the detail at the top and the design of the skirt. Pinned to my crochet board. Wish I could wear this dress!