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Chain three, turn and double crochet back to breast areas, DECREASE same number of stitches to form "cups" and double crochet to end of row.
If you have a rather large doll, then you will want to do a row of double crochet stitches before you close "cups" to make sure that cups fit snugly.
Chain three, turn and crochet one more row of double crochet stitches.
Now try your bodice on your doll, pinning it closed in back, to make sure that it fits snugly.
If it fits, youíve done a great job and can continue to skirt. If it seems to be too tight in some areas, you will need to unravel and start again increasing stitches in those areas.
Once you get used to using this method, youíll find that you wonít have to unravel as often as you may when you first start designing. If you do need to unravel, donít get upset. Youíre just now learning something new, and as with everything that you learn, practice makes perfect.
Once you have a snug fitting bodice, you will need to determine what type of skirt you would like to make.
First, do rows of double crochet until you get to where you would like waist of your skirt to be.
Once your bodice is desired length, then you will want to double crochet in each stitch across. This makes waste form outward to fit over your dolls hips.
Now you can begin designing your skirt. If you want a skirt that flairs, then do a row of three double crochet stitches in each stitch across. If you want a tighter skirt, then do a row of one double crochet stitch in each stitch across.
Chain three, turn and double crochet in each stitch across. Now you can close your skirt into a circle by joining edges together with a single stitch. Try your bodice on your doll again to make sure that it will pull onto doll snugly then complete your skirt by crocheting it to desired length.
Once you skirt is completed, you will have completed your basic dress. You now have a wonderful dress, designed completely by you, and as you can see it wasnít hard at all!
You can add sleeves by joining your yarn into arm loops, and crocheting ruffles around edges.
You can also add ruffles into your skirt.
Once you get better at designing basic dress, then you can use other stitches to make fancy details and patterns in your designs.
Ad ruffles or single stitches around neck for collars, or sew beads onto necks for a decorative edging.
Before long youíll be designing your own doll dresses like a professional in no time!
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