I love to crochet and try to find time to crochet every day. I have written several patterns that I hope to share for free!
Over the years, I have had fun making these adorable little dresses. There was a time when I was an at-home mom, living in a rural area. Working outside of the home was out of the question. The daycare fees for two toddlers was more than half my paycheck. I decided to stay at home. I sold items on eBay and my best-selling items were little doll dresses for tiny dolls. I started writing my own patterns. Hopefully someone else will be able to use the patterns to make a little money during these difficult times.
Supplies You'll Need
- Size #10 cotton crochet thread: I would start with one color, but if you are comfortable changing colors, use two or three different colors or shades of one color.
- Size #6 U.S. steel crochet hook: My favorite is Susan Bates. I like the shape of the hook.
- Large needle: Like a darning needle with a large eye and sharp end for weaving in thread ends. Also, I use a large needle with a blunt tip to weave in ribbon.
- Small button: No larger than 5/8" diameter.
- 5-inch doll
- Rosettes: Approximately 3/8" diameter (optional).
Why Crochet Thread?
Most of my doll clothing is made from crochet thread. Occasionally I will use a fine baby yarn or a fingering yarn. I like the crochet thread when crocheting for these tiny dolls because the thread shows the delicate details of the stitches.
My favorite brand is Aunt Lydia's, which comes in many beautiful colors. I love the color of this dress—Aunt Lydia's French Rose. I have probably used almost all the colors at one time or another. I do use other threads and love to find a bargain where I can purchase vintage threads at a great price!
st = stitch
ch = chain stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
Scallop stitch = *Chain 3 skip one stitch, slip stitch into next stitch and repeat from *
Step 1: Make the Bodice
Row 1: Sc across (17 sc). Ch 1. Turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in every stitch. (34 sc) Ch 1. Turn.
Row 3: Sc across (34 sc). Ch 1. Turn.
Row 4: Sc in next 6 sc, dc in next 5 sc, sc in next 12 sc, dc in next 5 sc, sc in next 6 sc. Ch 2. Turn.
Step 2: Make the Sleeve Openings
Row 5: (Sleeve Row) Hdc in next 6 sts, ch 3, skip 5 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, ch 3, skip 5 sts, hdc in next 6 sts. Ch 2.
Row 6: 2 hdc in every stitch across.
Step 3: Make the Waistband
Ch 4, *skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1. Repeat to last stitch. Dc. Turn.
Step 4: Make the Skirt
Chain 3, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch 1 space. Repeat from * to last stitch. Dc in last stitch.
Repeat the last row until you reach your desired length. (I did 4 rows to make the dress. You could use fewer rows to make a shorter dress or top.)
Step 5: Create the Edging and Button Hole
Turn and Scallop (ch 3, skip 1, slp st in next st) across hem edge. Do not turn. Ch 1.
Sc evenly up the back, to the fourth row of the bodice. Sl st, Ch 4. (This will be the button hole.) Sl st in second row from neck edge. The button hole is made!
Sc in the first row of bodice. (Before continuing, make sure the button you plan to use fits well in the button hole you just made.) Scallop along the neck edge. Sc down the other side of the back of the dress. Fasten off.
Weave in all the ends. Sew the button on the opposite side from the button hole. Weave a satin ribbon in the ribbon row.
Your little dress is complete! Have fun making these and dressing up your dolls. I will be writing patterns for hats, panties/bloomers, and socks for these 5-inch dolls.
Note: Please do not distribute or sell this pattern. Feel free to use this pattern for personal use or to make items to sell. If you do sell these dresses made from my patterns, I would greatly appreciate a link back to the pattern. Thanks and happy crocheting!
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