In the meantime, here's a little preview of and journey behind the design...
This is one of those projects I've been keeping secret for such a long time, I can't recall the exact dates I started and finished.
If I recall correctly, I designed this outfit back in 2014, sometime after the Happily Ever After and Pretty in Pink collections.
The crochet set consists of a tank top, a pair of beach shorts, a visor, a pair of sandals, a beach ball, and a towel.
I also found a neat tutorial to make some fun surfboards too!
A little while turned into a year, and that's when I decided that the set could be complete without the net. Plus, I wanted to use the yellow to work on my new flounder fishy (working on getting this pattern ready soon) for my under the sea collection.
I tucked this set into a little box to sort out later, but instead I got sidetracked by other projects including several CALs and Animal Round Ups.
It is a simple design that is worked vertically from side to side. It snap fastens in the back, but the pattern includes options for making the opening larger and making it open fully.
I went with orange since it is a great summer colour - nice and bright!
So, a pair of shorts would be a must to go with the tank top!
These shorts were inspired from the Gentleman trousers and of course, the need to make more casual attire for him. Later, I got to thinking how fun it would be to make them like the ones guys love to wear at beaches complete with back pockets and drawstring ties.
A simple design, the shorts are worked from the bottom-down until the crotch, where they split off into each leg. Then, the pockets are worked and attached to openings in the pants.
What colour goes great with orange, why turquoise of course!
To draw both the tank top and shorts together, I thought it would be fun to add a strand of orange to the tie and make the pockets orange too.
Yes, the pockets are functional! :D What fun would they be otherwise, right?!
I had just discovered chevrons and was all about them. I had finished my chevron purse, and was itching to do another chevron project. I thought, chevrons are so much fun and would be the best design for a beach towel.
I had used three colours for my purse. Three just seems like a great number of colours to mesh into a project, so I looked through my stash for a third colour to join the orange and turquoise. What did I find, but a bright sunshine yellow, perfect!
Since, I had already used orange and turquoise as the main colours for the first two pieces, I decided yellow would dominate the towel. And, since I was getting low in orange, I only added a touch of it.
Chevrons are much easier to do than they appear and even more so than any other colour switching project, since the colour switches happen at the end of rows.
This beauty was worked from the bottom-up with a final edge round of yellow to tie it together.
This time inspiration came from my beach flip flops. You know, the foam ones with two colour soles?
I thought it would be amusing to do that with these too.
I made two soles for each shoe in separate colours, the strap in another colour and tied them all together with the last colour.
Since yellow was the only colour not to be used as the main colour for the attire pieces, I chose it along with a streak of orange.
Look out lady dolls, he's turning up the heat!
The next part of the inspiration comes from working tapestry crochet in the round, something I'd been wanting to do again since I learned how in 2012. Plus, using tapestry crochet would give the ball an added firmness while making colour switching easy.
Of course, it was important to use all three colours for these...
At first, I was thinking I could crochet a board, but I was feeling particularly lazy and reasoned that I would not be able to make pretty board designs like I wanted this way.
So instead, I turned to crafting to make one...
I probably could have figured out on my own how to make one, but I chose to look to others for inspiration and found a great YouTube tutorial by MyFroggyStuff!
Using their awesome tutorial and free printables, I modified the board size for both this doll and the little child doll. From there, I made a few more changes to the process in addition to creating my own print templates. I designed 7 templates, but only used these two for the set since they match...
The chevron towel and possibly the tank top will also be available on the blog as a try me before you buy me freebie special.
Additionally, a tutorial with my surfboard modifications and templates will be coming to the blog soon.
What do you think?
Are you looking forward to this pattern?