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Hi! Today I want to show you how to crochet a long-sleeved crochet and fabric dress.
As usual, it is a super basic pattern that can be modified very easily to fit your needs, and that’s what we love about it! 😉
I have chosen to use long sleeves and sweat fabric, to be able to use it in winter and in first days of spring, but it all depends on your choice of materials. If you choose a thinner fabric, for example, poplin and you crochet the bodice with French sleeves instead of long sleeves, you will have a fresh dress perfect for spring. And if what you want is a summer dress, just crochet a sleeveless bodice and that’s it! As I always tell you, the limit is in your imagination!
As always, you can work on the bodice of your crochet and fabric dress following only the online tutorial instructions, but if you prefer to download the pattern to have the instructions row by row and stitch by stitch and be able to print it to make your own notes or simply consult it without depending on the mobile or internet connection, I have it ready for you!
In addition, this time, the PDF pattern comes with an extra! In it you will find all the instructions to transform your crochet bodice into a nice sweater perfect to wear it in spring!
Besides the size 24-36 months, which I show in the tutorial, this Crochet Bodice pattern is available in size 1-3 months, 3-6 months,6-12 months and 12-24 months.
You also have the option to buy all sizes together with a good discount on this other link.
Materials to make a Crochet and Fabric Dress
- 2 skeins of de Katia Fair Cotton 50 gr. in color 20-Yellow. Organic cotton, respectful of the environment and free of any toxic substances.
- Size D (3,25 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge (20 stitches x 15 rows = 10x 10 cm. worked in Half double Crochet)
- 5 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- 3 snap buttons
- 50cm. of fabrico of your choice. The fabric shown in this tutorial is Katia Fabrics Prehistoric Landscape sweat fabric
How to make the Prehistoric crochet and fabric toddler dress Size 2-3 years
1. Crochet the yoke of the bodice
Chain 64 stitches and make one more stitch for the turning chain. Turn the work over, and work 64 single crochet starting from the second chain from hook to form the base on which we will work.
From now on, we will continue to work our crochet bodice with a ribbing stitch, that is, working through back loops only.
Remember that each time you finish a row, you should turn the work and chain 1.
Row 2. *work 4 sc (single crochet) TBL (through back loops only) , inc. (increase) * rep. (repeat) to the end
Rows 3-4. Work 76 sc TBL
Row 5. *work 5 sc TBL, inc. * rep. to the end
Rows 6-7. Work 88 sc TBL
Row 8. *work 6 sc TBL, inc. * rep. to the end
Rows 9-10. Work 100 sc TBL
Continue working following the same sequence (1 row of increases with increases every 7 stitches, 8 stitches, 9 stitches, etc… and then 2 even rows) until you have a total of 160 stitches.
2. Crochet the Bobble stitches row
It’s time to crochet our Bobble stitches row:
After crocheting the Bobble stitch row, we have to shape the placket where we will place the snap buttons to close the bodice of our crochet and fabric dress.
To do this, do not turn the work over once you have finished the Popcorn row!From this point on, we will begin to crochet in the roundso that will not be necessary.
We will also change the type of increases, instead of increases distributed throughout the work, as we’ve been doing, we will start working with raglan increases, that is, we will only make four triple increases in the armholes area.
To crochet triple increases, just work 3 hdc in the same stitch.
At this point, we will begin to work with stitch markers. Place the first marker at the first stitch of the row (where you have the hook) and crochet as follows:
Crochet a triple inc. (triple increase), 44 hdc (half double crochet), triple inc., 32 hdc, triple inc.. 44 hdc, triple inc.. 32 hdc
Each time you crochet a triple increase, place a marker at the second stitch or central stitch. In this way, you will end up with 5 markers in your work.
The next row crochet it even using half double crochet stitches Alternate a row of raglan increases with one row without the increases until you have a total of 180 stitches.
Once obtained the indicated number of stitches, we will begin to divide the stitches that will form the sleeves, front and back of the crochet and fabric dress.
If you find it easier, remember that you can also have the downloadable and printable PDF pattern in size 2-3 years for only € 1.99. In it you will find all these detailed instructions row by row so you do not miss a stitch! C
4. Crochet the sleeves of the crochet yoke fabric dress pattern
To start forming the first sleeve, you must crochet 7 hdc until you reach the marker. Remove the marker and crochet 1 hdc on the next marker. You will see that you have shaped a small circular opening for the sleeve. This opening must have 40 stitches.
Rows 1-2. work 40 hdc
Row 3. dec.(decrease), 38 hdc
Rows 4-5. work 39 hdc
Row 6. dec., 37 hdc
Rows 7-8. work 38 hdc
Row 9. dec., 36 hdc
Crochet the whole sleeve alternating two half double crochet even rows and 1 row that begins decreasing until obtaining 30 stitches.
To finish the sleeve, crochet 6 more rows of ribbing (single crochet working through back loops only) and make a small seam to close the cuff.
5. Crochet the bodice bottom
Finally, work the stitches on the bottom of the crochet bodice crocheting 6 single crochet TBL (through back loops only) back and forth rows and make a small seam to close under.
6. Prepare the fabric for the skirt of the dress
Once we have our crochet bodiceready, we will start preparing the fabric to make the skirt of the combined crochet and fabric dress. For this, the width of the fabric should be approximately twice the contour of the bodice bottom, that is, if our bottom measures about 28 cm approximately, we can give our fabric 60 cm wide, so it can have a nice curl.
As for the height, do not worry too much at this point, if you have enough fabric, cut it loosely and in the final step, you can fold up bottom as much as you need. In my case, I like short dresses for girls. For a 3-year old size, I decided to cut 42cm long and fold a wide hem of about 7 cm.
Once cut the fabric, face the fronts and make a seam on one of the sides, so that you have a tubular garment. This seam will be under one of the armpits.
Adjust the tension of your sewing machine to the minimum and add two rows of stitching. Pull the threads to curl the skirt until you have the contour measurement of the crochet bodice.
6. Join the skirt to the crocheted bodice
We will start by assembling the skirt to the bodice in 4 strategic spots; under the armpits and the front and back midpoints.
Once you have these 4 first pins placed, you can put some more pins between these stitches to finish securing your work.
You can baste the bodice to the skirt before making a seam with your sewing machine or you can go directly to the sewing machine, wherever you feel more confident! The only recommendation in this case, is that you use a zig zag stitching, to provide the fabric with more stretch than a straight stitch will allow.
6. Fold up the botton and IT’S DONE!
We only have to for up the bottom to the desired height and make a stitching by hand or machine to ensure the hem is in place. On this occasion, I have also chosen to make a zigzag stitch that keeps the elasticity of the sweat fabric.
…Save some extra cotton or wool so you can crochet a few extra centimeters into your cuff next year. At certain ages children grow more in height than width and with this simple gesture you assure yourself one more season of use.
… When you finish crocheting the sleeves do not knot the end, weave in the ends with the help of a tapestry needle and leave a few millimeters visible from the end. In this way, you will always know where it is, and you can release it again to crochet those extra centimeters 😜
… Be generous with the hemming and you will never lack fabric!
And that’s all! Although it is crocheted with a fine yarn, you can crochet it super-fast and in a very short time you will have a beautiful and creative dress.
I am a big fan of this kind of dresses for babies and little girls. For their elasticity, they are very comfortable to wear for them and perfect in case your baby wants to climb a tree, climb a swing or jump to the ground, but at the same time they are beautiful and will serve you for any occasion.
Choose a nice yarn and fabric and… Lets start crocheting!
If you liked this tutorial and it has inspired you, comment and share your discovery! And of course, once you have finished your crochet yoke fabric dress pattern, do not forget to show off the result on social networks with the hashtag #prehistoricbodice and #creativaatelier.
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What a lovely little dress! Is this in American terms or British?
Hi Kathie! Thank you very much! It is written in American terms, but it is very easy to follow if you are used to English terms. 😉