I looked around ravelry for a dress top pattern but they all used too much yarn. I had 2 skeins of Louisa Harding Jesse left over from my cardigan and it needed using up. I don't like stash collecting, it clutters up my basket.
I even bought the fabric specially to finish it off and match the yarn from Textile Express in Oswestry.
So you guessed it, I made one up as I went along in two evenings and managed to scribble down a 'recipe' just in case you have yarn or a small girl crying out for a summer dress.
Cotton DK 2x50g skeins(approx 180m)
UK terms used
Size shown is for a 6 year old
Make your own size adjustments
Foundation chain: Chain 49 loosely
Row 1: Ch1, miss a chain, dc to end of the row
Row 2: Ch3, treble to end (48)
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: Repeat row 2 (lengthen your bodice here if required)
Row 5: Shape armhole. SS3, ch3, treble to the end leaving 3 stitches unworked.
Row 6: Ch3, treble to the end.
Row 7: Repeat row 6
Row 8: Ch3, tr2tog, treble to last 2 stitches, tr2tog.
Row 9: Ch3, treble to end.
Row 10: Neckline shaping. Ch3, treble 12, 1htr, 1dc, ss centre front until there are 14 stitches remaining, 1dc, 1htr, treble 12.
Row 11: Ch3, treble 12. Turn
Row 12: Ch3, treble 12, turn
Rows 13-18: ch3, tr12. Fasten off
Rejoin yarn to the other shoulder using a standing treble (if you can) or using 3ch. treble 11. Turn. Repeat rows to match the other shoulder (should be six rows of trebles)Fasten off
Repeat this whole section for the back. You can make the back deeper by adding more rows before the neckline shaping.
Add your favourite flower, scallop edge, picot edge on the armholes and neckline,thread ribbon through the empire line etc. etc. Then a gorgeous gathered fabric cotton or viscose to finish the bottom.
Her older sister was hanging around in the background ready to snaffle a new dress like a panther. Luckily, I had made a deep hem for letting down later so I made it longer and she loved it.
Hey presto! Do link back if you make one, I would love to see more ideas.
Thanks for spending your precious time with me. Jo xx