How to crochet fashion doll bridal gowns

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How to crochet fashion doll bridal gowns
Fashion dolls are versatile for cloth, frosting, knit and crocheted gowns. (Doll cake image by Stokholm from Fotolia.com)

Crocheted wedding gowns for fashion dolls are gifts for collectors, young girls and flower girls at a wedding. Detailed gowns are made with thin, mercerised crochet cotton or fine yarn. The tiny crochet is intricate, requiring skilled crochet talent to make the more-detailed gowns. Use any ballgown, bridesmaid, southern belle or formal dress pattern to make a crochet fashion doll bridal gown. Patterns for 11 1/2-inch and 12-inch dolls are available for purchase, from free online sources and in crochet publications.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Fashion doll wedding gown pattern
  • Mercerised crochet cotton
  • Steel crochet hook # 7
  • Measuring tape or ruler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Read through the fashion doll bridal gown pattern you have chosen. The main thing you need to know at the beginning is the gauge of the pattern. For instance, make a chain of 30 stitches and stitch a single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Make a double crochet in the next stitch and a single crochet in the following stitch across the chain. Measure nine stitches with a measuring tape or ruler, which should equal 1 inch. This is your gauge for the pattern. If your gauge is incorrect, select another crochet hook size and make a test chain and stitches to find the correct hook for your individual crochet work.

  2. 2

    Crochet the bodice of the wedding gown according to the pattern directions. Keep an accurate count of the stitches to maintain the pattern gauge and dress design. When the bodice is complete, cut the thread and continue to follow the pattern. If the pattern has sleeves, attach the crochet cotton on the wrong side of the armpit area on the bodice. Crochet around the sleeve armhole according to the directions.

  3. 3

    Attach crochet cotton to the slip stitch in the first chain at the bottom of the bodice to start the skirt. Pay strict attention to the stitch count when making single crochets to attach the skirt to the bodice.

  4. 4

    Make the skirt, row by row, according to the pattern directions. You can make a wedding dress using the bodice of one pattern with the skirt of a second pattern if you pay attention to the stitch count. Follow the skirt directions exactly.

  5. 5

    Embellish the wedding gown with tiny satin flowers, ribbon or beads.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are a skilled crocheter, add pearl beads to an intricate fashion doll wedding gown by threading them onto the crochet cotton cord before you start to crochet the project.
  • Count the stitches to prevent mistakes that will ruin the appearance of the fashion doll wedding gown.

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