Saturday, July 6, 2013

Blinged-Up Crochet Barbie Cocktail Dress Pattern

I've seen some pretty amazing doll clothes around Blogland, very detailed and gorgeous! While they are inspiring, you won't see anything too involved here at Pig In Mud:@) But what I hope you will find every once in a while is a "rainy afternoon project" that you can bang out within a couple hours or even better yet, make with your daughter or granddaughter. This little cocktail dress is a good example.
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I love these funky little $1 skeins of yarn at AC Moore! 
Variegated with sequins, the bling immediately caught my eye... I think Barbie's a blingy kinda gal:@)
The yarn is not 4 ply, it's thinner, maybe it's closer to a baby yarn or sport weight?

 This tube dress only uses single crochet and double crochet 
and is worked from the bottom up. I love that it has some shape to it. 
I'll admit that it was a lucky coincidence that the dress goes from lighter to darker,
I didn't even think of how the colors would work out!
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 As for the pattern, I am a novice at crocheting, these are my notes while making it. It will give you an idea of what you need to do and I think you can guess it just needs to be decreased a few stitches for the waist, increased for the bust and then decrease the last row over each boob so the top fits snugly. I kept slipping it on the doll and doing what seemed to make sense:@)

Crochet Barbie Cocktail Dress-I used an H hook.
Chain 28, slip stitch into first chain making sure not to twist chain.
Row 1-3~ Chain 1, single crochet around, slip stitch into chain 1 at end of row.
Row 4-6~ Chain 3, double crochet around, slip stitch into chain 3 at end of row.
Row 7-8~ Chain 1 *single crochet in next four stitches, decrease single crochet in next two stitches, repeat from *. After the last decrease just single crochet to the starting point again. Slip stitch into chain 1.
Row 9-11~ Chain 3, double crochet around, slip stitch into chain 3 at end of row.
Here's where the top begins and I really just eyed what I was doing... I considered where I joined my chain 28 the center of the back and single crochet to under her arm, then started increasing for the bust.
Row 12~ Chain 1, single crochet the next 5 stitches (or until you're under her arm), single crochet increase in the next 6 stitches (or to cover the bottom of her breasts), finish single crochet around, slip stitch into chain 1.
Row 13~ Chain 1, single crochet the next 6 stitches, single crochet increase in the next 3 stitches (fullest part of breast), single crochet in the next 3 stitches, single crochet increase in the next 3 stitches, finish single crochet around, slip stitch into chain 1.
Row 14-15~ Chain 1, single crochet around, slip stitch into chain 1 at end of row.
Row 16~ Chain 1, single crochet to boob, decrease single crochet, single crochet, decrease single crochet, single crochet to middle of back chain 1. Tie off and work ends in.

Please let me know if you try it and if there are any needed pattern adjustments!

Have a happy day:@)

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  1. barbie looks fine in her dress! :)

  2. Very cute for Barbie! Visiting from I Heart Naptime linky party.

  3. This is so cute! I don't have a granddaughter but I may just make one anyway!

  4. That is a beautiful dress you made Barbie! Wish I had my old Barbies - $$$ sandie

  5. Love this! Looks like it would be easy to on and off Barbie as well! Sometimes it's hard to dress them! This is pretty!

  6. Grandma's going to whip one up for her Barbie case. My old Barbies are treasures and need a few new things. Thanks for the great idea and pattern Lynn.

  7. The bling suits Barbie to a T.

  8. Saw this at I Heart cute! I will have to try this for my daughters' dolls. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. :)

  9. Barbie is rocking the tube dress Lynn :) Love that yarn~ it's perfect for a dress!

  10. My friend Marion, who is 93 years young, has recently started crocheting Barbie clothes for kids at the local hospital. I can't wait to share this pattern with her. She doesn't normally use a pattern. She wings it but I'm sure she will enjoy this one. It's Barbie perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    P.S. If you would like to see some of her outfits, I posted them on my blog here.

  11. Oh what a fabulous cocktail dress! Do you think you could upsize the pattern to a lifesize one?? :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. I just had to pin this one too. I've got a whole Barbie board. I loved her as child. No girls in this family as of yet, but I'm saving lot's of ideas for one day..maybe!!! This one is a bit beyond my abilities but I love the idea!

  13. GREAT POST:)Your blog is so lovely.

    If you want some cute swedish decor inspiration...check out my blog:)

    Have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at

  14. I don't have any Barbies, but I'm a huge fan of Monster High/Ever After High (which are the same height, but super-skinny). Now I have a starting point to use in making cute doll sweaters for them!


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