Crochet Spotlight: Edwardian Gowns, Part 2

This month I’d like to re-visit the Edwardian time period and showcase two more of my favorite dresses.

The Edwardian gown is one of my favorite silhouettes to crochet for the fashion doll. Barbie, I’m talking to you! 😀

Not only is it elegant with beautiful lace (I love crocheting lace!), but it works up rather quickly because the skirt is so much narrower than other period costumes such as Victorian and Antebellum.

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll in Lt Aqua with black lace

Edwardian Visiting Costume

Crochet Edwardian Doll for Fashion Doll in lt. aqua with black lace

Turn of the Century Gown

​This dress in light aqua and black crochet thread is from an Annie’s Attic bed doll pattern (Miss July, 1995), part of the Bridal Trousseau collection. I just love the lacework and the small details like the epaulets on the shoulders, the tiny purse, and the brooch at the neck.

I had a lot of fun creating this dress, especially doing the hair and fashioning the hat.

Another great pattern and example of Edwardian gowns is Miss October from that same bed doll pattern collection:

Crocheted Edwardian Gown for Fasion Doll in Maroon with White Lace

Bridal Trousseau Collection

Crochted Edwardian Gown for fashion Doll in maroon with white lace

Turn of the Century Touring Frock

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll Side view

Annie’s Attic Bed Doll Series 1995

I just love the lacework on this doll, the contrast between the burgundy and the white, and the ribbed bodice, created with back loop crochet.

Again, the small details such as the parasol and the hat are just lovely.

I’m especially proud of how well the hair came out on this doll. Believe it or not, the hair sometimes takes longer to do than the dress! 😀

Both of these patterns are out of print now, but you can find copies for sale on eBay and Etsy quite frequently.

Learning New Techniques — Provisional Cast On

Provisional Cast On With a Crochet Hook

My crocheted provisional cast on

Up until this point in my knitting experience, I have never had to use a provisional cast on. I know what they are, but never had to do one. Until today.

I found a beautiful shawl pattern I want to make to go with a sleeveless dress I bought for an upcoming cruise. Although our destination will be warm, sea breezes can be a little chilly, so a shawl seemed like the perfect accessory.

I found a beautiful shawl pattern at Craftsy.com: the Printemps Shawl(Pssst… as of this writing it’s FREE!)

The yarn arrived yesterday (Cascade Sunseeker–so pretty!) from Jimmy Beans Wool, and I  can’t wait to get started.

So today, I’m learning something new! The pattern asks that you start off with a provisional cast on made with a crochet hook. I love crochet, so I was looking forward to learning how to do this.

And turns out, it’s pretty simple once you watch someone demonstrate it, like you have here in this video from KNITFreedom on YouTube. It’s just like crocheting around a chenille stem if you’ve ever done that.

You can also do a provisional cast on with just a knitting needle as shown in this video by kaleidoscope yarns on YouTube:

So, now I’m off to continue working on the rest of my shawl. Wish me luck! 😀 I’ll post pictures when it’s done. 🐑