I am really glad to say that at last the design is complete and they are in my testers hands now!!! Yay... the wait for the crochet pattern is almost over. Come the first week of December, it will be possible to get both the Lady and the Gentleman on your hooks.
Without further ado, I present to you, a Lady and a Gentleman...
Even though I played with my Barbies well into my teens, I grew up rather fast being the oldest of many siblings. So, many of my designs are created, or at least influenced, by the little girl, Rebeckah.
All of my creations are things I would have treasured playing with as a child. So if you've ever wondered why I crochet what I do here, that is why.
All about a Lady...
The Lady's crochet outfit, is a also a re-creation of the third fancy barbie dress I ever made. That one was created for my sister, Little Miss, and it is titled "Mint Formal". I really loved the lace I had incorporated into the Mint Formal Dress and I also really loved the hat, so I just knew I wanted to do that for this Lady's set too.
This fair Lady's crochet pattern will include this lovely dress with lace, a petticoat, a hat, and purse and a pair of heels.
I had originally thought to include a parasol, however, finding the right materials to get it right has been a challenge. So, I am thinking I could save it for another date.
Her dress is worked from the top-down like all my other dresses. Unlike my other dresses, I fastened off at the bottom of the corset, worked the top portion of the skirt and attached it to the corset before I continued to work top-down like normal again. A trim edging was added to the bottom of the dress before the lace. Next, I attached the lace underneath that edging. After which, I crocheted a final piece underneath the lace to complete the dress.
Her petticoat is worked from top-down too, and incorporates some wire loops at the beginning of new sections. This helps to give the dress its form and also makes for a very fun element to the set. Then, a simple tie is attached at the top to fasten it.
Both the Lady's hat and purse start off the same way from the center. Each is then worked in continuous rounds. The purse also has a drawstring tie.
Finally, her heels, are worked from the bottom of the heels into the soles which eventually transitions into the design element of the shoes.
All about a Gentleman...
This dapper Gentleman's crochet pattern will include a morning coat, a pair of slacks, a sleeveless shirt with a bow tie, a vest, a top hat and a pair of shoes.
His morning coat and their sleeves are each worked from bottom-up. After which the shoulder / collar seams are sewn together and each sleeve is attached to an armhole. Once the crochet elements of the coat was completed, tiny seed beads were attached to the cuffs and coat front to represent buttons.
The gentleman's slacks and his top hat are both worked from top-down. The hat works in continuous rounds, whereas the slacks start off in rows and then transition into rounds for each leg.
Both the vest and shirt are worked vertically from one side to the next. Each one is sewn at the shoulder seams. Then, the bow tie is attached to the shirt, along with a snap fastener for the back of the shirt. Lastly, seed bead buttons are attached to the fronts of both the vest and shirt.
His shoes start at the sole working in rows. Next, stitches are created around the edge of the sole to make the sides of the shoes. After this, I crochet the top of the shoe, and then I crochet attach it to the bottom of the shoe.
I love hearing from you! What are your favourite elements of the Lady and Gentleman's outfits? Is there anything you would have added to this set? Share with me below...