Princess Dolly – A Peek Into My Crochet Obsession

Lately, my crochet obsession has been focused primarily on one pattern which I’ve been feverishly making in every color I can find.  These adorable little dresses disappear as fast as I can make them.  Today I need to mail a couple of these to two very generous and kind people who helped me make the Project 52: “Focus” on Kindness logo.  They both have little girls and I wanted to return their kindness.  But I wanted to remember all the colors and variations after the dresses leave my home so dollies and I had a little photo shoot today.  Here are just a couple of them.

This is a four-ruffle style (I have done them in 4 ruffle and 3 ruffle depending on how much yarn I have – I think both look pretty).

Here’s a 3-ruffle dress:

and the 3-ruffle sitting (still so ruffly!)  Perfect to adorn a little princess bed!

One of the little girls I offered to make one of these for was a little older and her mama requested a more pre-teen friendly hot pink and black.  I wasn’t sure about it at first… but now that it’s done I think the black and hot colors have become my favorites!

… especially when the yarn has a little sparkle to it… (this is Red Heart Celebration yarn for anyone curious).

I had to try it in Rainbow just to see… I think I like it!

I decided to use ties to close the back of the dress.  It was easier than attaching buttons or snaps and I think easier for small hands too.  I didn’t have to worry about any choking hazards with buttons falling off for my littlest princesses.  I think the bows add a nice accent to the dresses too.

My goal when I started these was to make a dress that would look pretty as a decoration on the bed and be sturdy enough to play with too because my girls are fully into playing with dolls at this age.  I searched for a pattern but couldn’t find anything as fancy as the beautiful doll dresses I remember my mom making when I was a little girl.  Unfortunately, all of those patterns were for display dolls – the kind you buy to use for decoration but whose arms fall off when you try to play with them… or they were toilet paper roll dolls.

I wanted a dress for the American Girl or Our Generation style doll.  I found some pretty dresses but I wanted over-the-top fancy.

I love how these turned out.  I’m still tweaking the pattern with each new dress… still finding things I want to improve or ways to modify for style.  But I’m having fun with this new little obsession :).  After today’s photo shoot I decided it’d be fun to share.


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Tanya Butler - May 7, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Can You Please Share Your Pattern On How To Crochet The Dresses For The Doll Thank You In Advance.

eaca71997 - June 20, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I’m sorry – it’s an adaptation from an old, old pattern I found. I just upsized it a bit for the larger doll so I can’t share.

Michelle McKean - April 11, 2018 - 11:43 am

Could you advise the name of the pattern at all? That way we could search for it ourselves. If anyone does find it id be grateful if you could let me know where please.

Catina - May 7, 2018 - 9:50 am

This was derived from a pattern and heavily modified as I went along… meaning I used the process for a dress that didn’t look much like this and then I changed a lot along the way so there’s really just no pattern to point to – at this point I don’t remember the pattern I used as inspiration even… likely any dolly dress pattern could get you started. So sorry not to be able to be of more help on this one.

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