Crochet Vintage Evening Dress


This evening dress pictured is a good major project to undertake once your crocheting skills are secure. Although you are making a full-scale garment, this design avoids the complexities of fitting, a stumbling block for all but the most experienced crocheter. Here, a lace-up-the-back closing (see figure A) contributes to making the dress fit most any figure from size 8 to size 16. This closing also precludes using a zipper, which would tend to make the soft garment buckle.









You start with the black worsted circle of the bodice. Then each section of the dress is crocheted directly onto finished parts, so there is no seaming to do. One side of the front and back is crocheted continuously onto the stitches on one side of the circle; the process is repeated on the other side. The skirt is crocheted from the bottom of the bodice downward. The shoulders are crocheted onto the bodice top last.

Size: Fits sizes 8 to 16.
Materials: 24 ounces 4-ply knitting worsted in Color A;.8 grams imported sport-weight yarn with
metallic thread in Color B. Crochet hook size H.
Gauge: 3 dc = 1 inch; 1 row = 1 inch.

Bodice Front: With Color A, ch 3. Join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 11 dc in ring. Join to ch-3. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 2: Dc at base of ch-3, work 2 dc in each dc around. Join—24 dc, counting ch-3 as 1 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2— 48 dc.
Rnd 4: Dc in each dc around. Join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 5: * Work 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc; repeat from * around. Join—56 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 6: * Dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around. Join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 7: * 2 dc in next 4 dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * around. Join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 8: Sc in each dc around. Join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 9: Dc in each sc around. Join. Fasten off.
Rnd 10: With Color B, dc in each dc around. Join. Ch 3, turn.
Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 10.
Rnd 12: Repeat Rnd 10. Fasten off.
Rnd 13: With Color A, sc in each dc around. Join. Ch 2, turn.

Right Side of Bodice Back:
Row 1: With Color A, sc in 17 sc. Ch 2, turn. Repeat row 24 times. Fasten off.

Left Side of Bodice Back: From bottom of right side, count 48 sts across waist of dress.
Row 1: With A, sc in 17 sc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat 15 times. Fasten off.

Skirt: With Color A, starting in stitch where lower edge of left front attaches to bodice front, sc across front, right side, left side, join with sl st. Ch 2. turn. Repeat for a total of 10 rows. Fasten off.
Row 11: With Color B, dc in each sc, sl st. Fasten off.
Row 12: With Color A, dc in each dc, sl st. Ch 3, turn.
Rows 13 to 39: Repeat Row 12 until desired length.





Edging: This consists of 5 rows of randomly spaced sets of dc sts.
Ch sts are made between sets of dc.
When same number of sts are skipped as chains are made, edging will be straight. If more chains are made between dcs, edging will be flouncy.

Left Shoulder: Skip 12 sts above left side.
Row 1: With Color A, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat for 4 more rows, sl st to back. Fasten off.

Right Shoulder: Skip 12 sts above right side.
Row 1: With Color A, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat for 4 more rows, sl st to back. Fasten off.

Sleeves: Row 1: With Color A, dc around armhole. Ch 3, turn. Edging consists of 15 rows of randomly
spaced sets of dc sts. Ch sts are made between sets of dc. See edging instructions. Dec or inc the number rows for desired length of sleeve

Tie: With Colors A and B held together, crochet a chain 4 yards long. Lace it up back of dress through holes in crochet, to close.

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  1. DeLonda Dowling September 17, 2010
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