Crochet Spotlight: Edwardian Gowns, Part 3

Last month, I showcased two Edwardian style gowns from the Annie’s Attic Bridal Trousseau collection (1995). This month I have one more gown from that collection to show and then another Edwardian gown from the pattern collection that came out the following year, the Edwardian Lady Collection (1996).

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll, lt blue with white lace

Bridal Trousseau Collection

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll, lt blue with white lace-side view

Turn of the Century Afternoon Frock

This dress in shades of blue and white is definitely one of my favorites. I love the ribbed ruffle along the bottom, the ruffle neckline and especially the lace curls along the skirt.

The following year another Edwardian gown collection came out from Annie’s Attic and below is Miss October:

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll, aqua with black lace

Promenade Costume

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll, aqua with black lace

Edwardian Lady Collection

Crochet Edwardian Gown for Fashion Doll, aqua with black lace

This pattern originally called for pink thread with black accents, but I decided to go with aqua instead of pink (You may have noticed from some of my previous posts that I have a thing for aqua and black).

The major trim accent on this dress is crocheted cord. I love working with that. It’s easy to create and you can make it the exact length you need (no measuring/cutting necessary as with store-bought trim) and it also blends in well with the rest of dress beacuse it’s the same material, and it’s easy to make the ends look seamless.

I love the hat for this outfit. If you read my post about the Gone With the Wind dress with the feathers, you know how I feel about those ๐Ÿ˜€ but the hat shown here wasn’t too bad. I only needed to cut the boa once, so there wasn’t too much “debris” floating around afterward.

Many of my previous dress models have been blonds and brunettes, but I specifically chose a red haired doll to wear this outfit because I loved how her hair stands out against the aqua color.

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

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

โ€‹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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Crochet Spotlight: Gone With the Wind, Part 4

Several years ago, I made a collection of Gone With the Wind-inspired gowns for a private collector. Fourteen outfits in total, 12 from the Southern Belle pattern series from Annie’s Attic, which is now out of print, and 2 original one-of-a-kind creations inspired by patterns for larger dolls that I adjusted and customized for the fashion doll.

In this last part of the series, I’m showcasing the two one-of-a-kind outfits I made for the Gone With the Wind collection.

Crochet Gone With the Wind inspired red robe for fashion doll

Red Robe

Crocheted Gone With the Wind inspired bloomers set for fashion doll

White Corset & Bloomers

The red robe was inspired by a Gone With the Wind pattern for 15″ dolls (Romantic Couples by Jan Hatfield #1143, published by American School of Needlework, 1992*) that called for worsted weight yarn instead of crochet thread. I used that pattern as a general guideline for the robe style, but made many adjustments to accommodate the smaller gauge and the different doll size/shape.

The corset and bloomers set was inspired by the 15″ doll pattern mentioned above as well as the wedding gown undergarments from the Paradise Publications 1905 Wedding Dress pattern (Volume 1).

I call these outfits one-of-a-kind because I didn’t write down the alterations I made to the base patterns. These two outfits were specially made for the collector who commissioned me to complete them for her, and I had no plans to recreate them.

And that concludes the showcase on Gone With the Wind inspired crochet costumes for fashion dolls.

Check back next month for a new showcase featuring more dresses from Annie’s Attic and Paradise Publications.

*The Romantic Couples pattern is out of print now, but you can still find some second hand on eBay from time to time.

Crochet Spotlight: Gone With the Wind, Part 3

Several years ago, I made a collection of Gone With the Wind-inspired gowns for a private collector. Fourteen outfits in total, 12 from the Southern Belle pattern series from Annie’s Attic, which is now out of print, and 2 original one-of-a-kind creations inspired by patterns for larger dolls that I adjusted and customized for the fashion doll.

In Part 1 and Part 2 we saw eight of the gowns taken from various scenes in the movie. Today, I’m showcasing the last of the 12 Southern Belle patterns.

Crochet Gone with the wind wedding gown for fashion doll

Wedding Gown

Crochet Gone with the wind gown for Fashion doll

Honeymoon Gown

Pink and Black Gone with the wind gown for fashion doll

Strolling Dress

Blue Gone with the wind gown for fashion doll

Belle in Blue

I love the graceful elegance of each of these designs. Wedding dresses have been one of my favorite things to crochet for fashion dolls and this pattern is no exception. The ruffle along the bottom is just beautiful and the simple tulle veil is fit for a queen.

My favorite part of the Honeymoon Gown is the hat. I loved how the netting came out. That is crocheted bric-a-brac around the edge. Beautiful effect!

The strolling dress has many different aspects that i love. The stripes are stunning. The lace around the sleeves are very pretty and although the hat was pretty simple to make, it add such a nice touch to the outfit that I just love it!

Belle in Blue would probably be considered an everyday gown for Miss Scarlett. Simple in style but still elegant. My favorite part is the lace shawl. I love crocheting lace details for these outfits, so that was definitely a part I enjoyed.

Check back next month for Part 4, the last of the Gone With the Wind-style outfits.

NOTE: Although the Southern Belle bed doll series is no longer in print, you can still find some Southern Belle patterns on eBay from time to time, if you are interested in making them yourself.

Crochet Spotlight: Gone With the Wind, Part 2

Several years ago, I made a collection of Gone With the Wind-inspired gowns for a private collector. Fourteen outfits in total, 12 from the Southern Belle pattern series from Annie’s Attic, which is now out of print, and 2 original one-of-a-kind creations inspired by patterns for larger dolls that I adjusted and customized for the fashion doll.

In Part 1, we saw four of the gowns, most of which featured the large hoop skirts. Today’s post showcases another four of the gowns. These have a trimmer skirt, but are no less elegant and eye-catching.

Gone with the Wind Style Crochet gown for fashion doll

Decoration Day Gown

Blue and white crochet Gone with the Wind style gown for fashion doll

Flower Shop Dress

Blue Gone with the Wind Style Crochet gown for fashion doll

Embroidered Carriage Dress

Burgundy Gone with the Wind Style Crochet gown for fashion doll

Party Dress With Feathers

Each of these gowns is special in it’s own right. I could never pick a favorite. But if I had to, the green and white Decoration Day dress is definitely a contender with that crocheted trim along the bottom–yes, that is all crocheted cord there, attached by hand in the diamond pattern.

The Flower Shop dress I love for all its little accessories–the hat, the parasol, the handbag. The details in this pattern series were wonderful.

The Carriage Dress is memorable to me because of all the hand embroidery, which I think came out pretty well. It’s not always easy to embroider on crocheted fabric. It’s rather “bumpy.” ๐Ÿ˜€

The Party Dress is definitely the most stunning of the group, and I would probably have picked it as my favorite, if it weren’t for the memory still sealed in my mind of the labor that went into attaching those feathers!

Let me just say this, for those who have never worked with boa-style feathers before, once you cut them, they get everywhere. My craft room, no matter how hard I tried to contain it, was a cloud of miniscule burgundy feather particles for weeks! I vowed never again to make another one of those dresses. ๐Ÿ˜€ Which is a shame, because after all that struggle, it sure did come out nice, didn’t it? Maybe once the memory fades I’ll reconsider.

Check back next month for Part 3.

NOTE: Although the Southern Belle bed doll series is no longer in print, you can still find some Southern Belle patterns on eBay from time to time, if you are interested in making them yourself.