Beautiful Red Dress

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Crochet top dress free patternMaia’s new dress is finished… a beautiful red crochet yoke and a cotton skirt, Im feeling pretty happy with myself actually!

Because I love you guys, Ive included a tut so you can make something similar for a beautiful little girl in your life too. This dress is totally customisable, and can easily be made to fit any size or shape. No small person… why not make one for yourself?

Crochet Yoke Dress Tutorial

I used a 4mm hook and 8ply cotton to make this yoke. If you choose a different weight yarn choose an appropriate hook.

First up you need to make the motifs you are going to join together to make your dress yoke.  Ive drawn up a chart for the square I used for this yoke here… but any square you choose will probably be just fine. Once your squares are sewn together they need to measure the same distance as the chest measurement of the dress. This dress needed 10 squares joined to measure around Maia’s chest.  It’s simple to make this dress as big or as small as you like – just increase or decrease the number of squares you make.

Crochet top dress free patternYou also need to crochet your straps.  To make these straps, chain 7 then single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in every chain across. Chain 1, turn and crochet back in each stitch across.  Repeat until the straps are long enough- about 20 rows. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the straps to the yoke.

Crochet top dress free patternSew your squares together.  I left a gap so I could add buttons to the back to make getting the dress on or off easier, really I’m not sure you need this because the cotton has plenty of stretch… but you decide.  Check that it fits at this point, if you are a little out you may be able to add a row or two of single crochet to increase the size slightly- you definitely don’t want it to be too tight.

Crochet top dress free patternSingle crochet all the way around the yoke (top and bottom). If you are going to add buttons crochet button holes on one of the ends by chaining two, skipping two stitches and then single crochet three, chain two, skip two stitches and single crochet to the end of the last square. Once you have finished, sew your straps on.  When the straps are in place single crochet another full round (including the neck line and underarm) and two rows of single crochet all around the bottom.

Cut out your dress – see the suggestions here. Use any fabric you like, I chose a cotton drill of a medium weight, a stretch would also be nice, and because a knit is unlikely to fray you could probably get away without over sewing your edges. Up cycle an old item of clothing- a dress of skirt which you love and is now out of date or too small, there are so many possibilities!

Sew your side seams together and over sew all edges to reduce fraying.

Crochet top dress free patternWith right sides facing pin yoke to the dress top- if you’ve got the measurements right your dress top should be the same size!

Crochet top dress free patternI sew the two pieces together with the right sides showing so I can see exactly how it will look when its finished. I make small stitches on the diagonal.

 Crochet top dress free patternFrom the fabric to over the top of the edge of the bottom single crochet chain.

Crochet top dress free patternWhich when pulled tight are pretty much invisible:

Crochet top dress free patternOnce you have finished sewing the yoke on, position and sew on buttons if you are using them.

Measure and pin hem.  When Im sewing girl’s skirts and dresses, I like to do this by measuring down all the way from the top of the yoke… this ensures I have the same length the entire way round.

Crochet top dress free patternSew hem in place evenly using a seam marker on your machine- I used the 15mm mark. This gives the hem an even seam all the way around even if you are like me and the original cut was crooked.

Cut out your dress- see the suggestions here.  Sew your side seams together and oversew all edges to reduce fraying.Iron dress…

Crochet top dress free patternThat’s it- all done!!

Crochet top dress free patternPat yourself on the back for a job well done…

Crochet top dress free patternAnd find a small person to wear!Crochet top dress free patternLove!

Crochet top dress free patternI do hope you give this a go, its really very easy… leave me a comment if you get stuck and Ill try to give you a hand. Jxo

Crochet top dress free pattern

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71 thoughts on “Beautiful Red Dress

    kirsty higgins said:
    January 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    gosh it’s such a sweet little dress, i love it!

    x

    Sandra McDowell said:
    January 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What a gorgeous model, she knows how to work the camera! That is a cute dress, I downloaded a pattern for a similar dress but it was more complicated than this great tutorial, thank you!
    Sandra x

    heather said:
    January 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    That is so beautiful!! Nice work!!

    And your model is super cute too!

    Faith said:
    January 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Great tutorial, the dress is gorgeous clever lady!

    Joanne said:
    January 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    You deserve a great big pat on the back, that dress is sooo cute and of course the model is wonderful.
    It feels to cold here to make a sumer dress at the moment but would love to make one once it warms up. Great tutorial x

    crochetime said:
    January 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    So pretty! A grown-up version would be just as nice…! The last photo of your daughter, sorry, The Model, is super cute.

    tina said:
    January 31, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Really CUTE!.. I’m tempted to make one for myself!

    AnaBC said:
    January 31, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Beautiful!!!! Love it, love it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am going to pin this for the future. Your girl is so pretty and looks so happy with the gift.
    Ana BC

    Brianna Asaro said:
    January 31, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I adore this dress! So adorable. Everything is made just a teeny bit cuter with granny squares :) Just found your blog today and I am addicted!

    Deco Cat said:
    January 31, 2012 at 6:12 am

    That dress is gorgeous! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

    faeryfay said:
    January 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! So pretty!

    Val said:
    February 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    This is on my to do list for my three granddaughters. Thank you so much for this. It’s really lovely and an interesting idea.

    Libbie S said:
    February 2, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Thanks for a great tutorial and pattern! This dress will be perfect for my daughter :-)

    kashi said:
    February 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Your blog is one of my all time favorites. I gave you an award.

    Jessica said:
    February 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Just wanted to stop by and say how lovely this little dress is – I spotted it over on Ravelry and fell in love. Will have to have a go at making it when my baby girl is a bit bigger. Thanks so much for the lovely tutorial

      Janette responded:
      February 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you love it too :)

    penny said:
    February 5, 2012 at 1:40 am

    A pretty dress for a pretty girl. I love the way you have combined crochet and fabric together.

    winkieflash said:
    February 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Aaaaahw this is so cute! :D Great job!
    xo,
    wink

    Liz said:
    February 19, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I used you pattern to transform an ugly men’s shirt (for a league I play on) into a beautiful tank! Thanks!

    Sangeetha said:
    April 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful yoke! Lovely dress and of course, very very cute model!!

    Rebecca said:
    April 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    The dress is beautiful. I’ve been trying to figure out how to add a knit or crocheted top to a pretty fabric skirt – and thanks to your tutorial, I think I can do it. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    My lovely little Lillian will soon have a new dress.

    Lora said:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I have a question did you sew the squares together or join them with yarn??

      Janette responded:
      April 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Lora, I sewed them all together first then crocheted around the yoke once it was joined

    Annette said:
    May 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Mine is almost finished.. and it’s looking so cute!!!
    Thank you so much for this tutorial..
    Tonight going to sew she skirt to it.. just measerd my DD..I will mail you the photo when it’s done!!!!
    I’m loving it already!!!

      Janette responded:
      May 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      I cant wait to see!! Jxx

    Bit O' Sweets said:
    June 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    You did a great job on the dress and the tutorial! The dress is simply adorable!

    eskimo*rose said:
    June 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I love this dress soooooooo much!!! I’m defo going to make one each for my girls, they would look so very cute – thank you for posting the how-to details :o) …. I’m going to have to ask my mum very nicely to do the sewing bit though … or maybe she can teach me – learning to sew is on my life list! xx

    eskimo*rose said:
    June 19, 2012 at 2:30 am

    p.s. Could you possibly direct me to where you got that ADORABLE fabric from? x

      Janette responded:
      June 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Hi, I got the fabric from Spotlight a large chain here in NZ. Good luck with the dresses send me a pic when you are done :)

        eskimo*rose said:
        June 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        Thank you so much, I’ll see if I can find it online :-)

    Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse said:
    June 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I love this – such a brilliant idea! And such clear instructions. I don’t have a small girl to make one of these for but am wondering about an adult version which as you suggest would simply need more squares for the bodice bit…. What fun!

    diapermum said:
    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Lovely pattern and i couldn’t resist making one for my model.

    http://diapermum.blogspot.in/2012/06/beautiful-flower-dress.html

    Thankz for the lovely pattern n beautiful pics which made it so easy to do

    thestitchsharer said:
    September 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    What a wonderful dress and amazing blog. x

    Karen said:
    February 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I need to make this for my great nieces – too cute and a great tutorial.

    Dane said:
    March 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    j’ &adore cette petite robe est un délice et la petite puce est exquise !! bravo biz

    laura said:
    March 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Adorei, vai ser um presente para minha neta (y)

    Sharon said:
    March 29, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Simple pattern (why didn’t I think of it?!!), but VERY, VERY PRETTY. I can picture my 1year old & 3year old Grandbabies in matching red dresses!! Red is a favorite color of mine these days. Thank you from San Jose, California.:)

    sleepinghorse said:
    May 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for this pattern. I’ve been looking for something like this. My grandbaby girl isn’t born yet but I might make one as a practice.

    Martina McConnon said:
    June 14, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Thank you so much for posting this pattern! I found it via Ravelry and I just made a similar dress, heavily relying on your instructions and it turned out really cute. If you’re interested, I posted a pic on my Ravely page, my user name is McMartina. Thanks again – it’s such a nice summer dress!

    Ann Valkenburg said:
    July 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    i love this little dress, i want to make it for my granddaughter. What i like best is that my daughter has a dress like this in 1982.

    susan said:
    September 15, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I love this tutorial.Very good expanation. One thing, do you have the pattern for the granny square mine al all to big.Please!

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    Diane M. said:
    February 17, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Very cute little girl and Thank you! Thank you for this pattern. I’ve been looking for something just like this. I look forward to making one for a very special little girl.

    Cathleen Marie Reese said:
    February 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Hi Hon!! This dress and the crocheted yoke on your cutest little model, (a natural)!! is so sweet and I look forward to making it, I think I could even crochet myself this yoke for a simple dress, let alone perhaps some special little girls I know!! Thank you so much for sharing and the instructions are just great!!

    Carrie Kostrubiec said:
    March 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This is really really cute….have you done one for a newborn baby? I make reborn dolls and I would love to be able to do one that small….any suggestions? Thanks so much for sharing….your little model is a doll! Thanks again!

      Janette responded:
      March 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      HI Carrie, no I don’t but it would be easy to use the same idea and make in any size. Just crochet the number of granny squares needed to reach around the chest of your doll then make a skirt to fit the yoke. Good luck! Janette

    Sally said:
    March 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Ok so I just made one and am wondering a couple of things! you said 8ply yarn? what is that? I used Sugar nCream cotton but it is only 4 ply. What size dress does this turn out to be? I was trying to fit it to my granddaughter long distance over skype and have decided to take my sample and drive to see them this weekend. I was just wondering for reference if I was doing it right?

    Clara said:
    April 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Ghana you very much for sharing this lovely pattern……I’m planning to’ make-up one for me for next summer!
    Your baby model is so cute!

      Janette responded:
      April 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Glad you like it :)

    Clara said:
    April 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Sorry for the automatic editor of my IPad ….. I want to say “thank you” and not “Ghana”!!!!!! And make, not make-up!!!

      Janette responded:
      April 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      That’s ok, it happens to me ALL the time!!!

      Maria said:
      June 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Lol.. my swyping finger does that too,:)

    Maria said:
    June 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    This is awesome so very very cute. With straight forward directions. I’m dusting off the sewing machine. :) jk

      Janette responded:
      June 7, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Wonderful, I hope your little girl loves it as much as mine did! xx

        Maria said:
        June 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        She’s wearing it now:)

    sassy02 said:
    June 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    This dressed turned out real cute, I think everyone who posted & me included gave you a pat on the back! :)

      Janette responded:
      June 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thanks!!! xx

    Gina Axlund said:
    June 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Lovely! Don’t you block your yoke?

      Janette responded:
      June 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      HI, I didn’t block it but I guess you could if you felt the squares needed it.

    Maria said:
    June 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I just made this dress and would like to share, how do I do that?

      Janette responded:
      June 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Maria, you could post it on the Green Dragonfly Facebook page? That would be lovely! Jxo

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        Maria said:
        June 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        Thank you. I will:) I’m so proud of this, it’s my first wearable project:)

    Monica GH said:
    July 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have linked this in my blog today.

    http://lunamondesign.blogspot.no/2014/07/welcome-daily-routin-velkommen-hverdag.html

    sarah1daisy said:
    July 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hello, just found your blog and this beautiful dress. I’m bowled over by it and need to make one for my daughter as soon as possible!
    I do have one question if you don’t mind, does it wash ok? My daughter is not the cleanest…!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial, I shall share a picture when I’m done :)

      Janette responded:
      July 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Hi and thanks! Yes it washed up fine. Maybe if you are worried about the yarn running you could always hand wash cold and avoid soaking. Jxo

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        sarah1daisy said:
        July 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Thank you! Will give it a go :)

    Nadya Rubina said:
    August 4, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Hi! Thank you for sharing the pattern of this lovely dress! I made one (though I didn’t used the pattern, only the idea) and mentioned your page in my blog today.

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