Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cath Kidston Colors for Redheart Little Sweetie Dress

These past few months I've been doing a lot of crochet designing, and now I'm preparing to begin tour season (more on that in my next blog post). So, this past week I've transitioned to easy designs and ready-made patterns. Several people in my Google+ community, Go Crochet Crazy "All Things Handmade", have been sharing crochet dresses that they've recently made. That was one crochet project I'd never tackled, and I was really inspired by the pretty dresses I was seeing.

After a quick search, I found a free pattern for Redheart's Little Sweetie Dress. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but I knew that with a few of my own alterations I'd be able crochet something pretty for the two two-month-old babies back home in the states. Plus, the pattern was easy and used stitches that I knew would get me to the finish line fast.

Since I've been using Cath Kidston-inspired colors for a giant rectangle granny I'm making for my bed, I decided to use those same colors for my Little Sweetie dresses. I've finished one completely and have started the other, and am over-the-moon with the results.

Redheart's Little Sweetie Dress crocheted by Go Crochet Crazy in Cath Kidston colors

My Pattern Changes

There were a few things I changed about Redheart's pattern to make the dress look more like what I had in mind. Here they are:
  1. The pattern instructs you to change to a bigger hook and also use a larger V-stitch. My change: I used a 5mm hook throughout and stuck with the smaller V-stitch to avoid flaring on the lower half of the dress, as well as a weightier look.
  2. I didn't care for the fan-like edging at the bottom of the dress and wanted a softer look. My change: I added a soft, simple scallop edge by SC in one stitch, Ch 4, skip 3 stitches, SC in the next stitch, continuing this pattern all the way around.
  3. I tried the picot edging because I love the picot stitch, but felt it distracted from the beauty of the overall dress. My change: I opted to go around the neckline and back opening with a SC for a finished look.
  4. Again, I opted not to use the picot stitch around the arm holes. My change: I used the same soft scallop as is outlined in #2 for my armhole edging.
  5. A waist tie is not called for in this pattern, but I liked it for two reasons...to add to the beauty of the dress and so it could be cinched in a little bit if it's too big. My change: A chain ribbon tie about 45 inches long, threaded through the first V-stitch row of the skirt.
And here's the dress as a work-in-progress...

Cath Kidston-inspired colors

The finished yoke and beginning of the skirt

The colors start coming alive

The finished dress without trim, pretty even like this.

My simple scallop edging for the skirt

A simple scallop gives the sleeve edge a soft look

And, again, the finished product, front and back...


Redheart's Little Sweetie Dress is crocheted from the top down. There's no piecing or sewing together, and it can be finished in a day or two. Using a Size H (5mm) hook, my dresses came out perfectly for a baby of about 3 months old. To make bigger sizes as the babies grow, I intend to just increase the size of the hook.

I'd love to hear what you think about the dresses I made. When you can take an existing pattern and add your own personal twists to it, the possibilities are endless. Have you made crochet dresses before? If so, do you use a favorite pattern or have one that you've designed? Let me know in the comments; it's great to share ideas. With the changes I've made, I'm certain I'll use this pattern again.

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  1. What a cute little dress. I am with you on the colors, love them. Making something different can be great fun. One little girl is going to look very pretty.
    Have a good day Mary!

  2. Oh Mary, how pretty this little dress is! The colors are terrific....I'm sure your little darlings will look so sweet in them! Wonderful work, as always!! xo

    1. I'm
      Absolutely in love with these colors, Monica!

  3. What a sweet little dress. I love the Cath Kidston inspiration and your pattern changes.

  4. Thank you, Robbie! This has been such a fun project!

  5. This is just cute! Very 'retro' kind of cute... it makes me want to make one straight away :-)

  6. I am a great fan of Cath Kidston, the dress is beautiful, really cute.

  7. That's such a pretty little dress Mary. Love the colours as well. I'm sure that's one they won't want to part with, even after the little one has grown out of it, it's gorgeous!!


  8. That dress is so sweet. Beautiful color combination!

  9. You're dress looks wonderful! Love the changes you've made =D

  10. What a pretty little dress, I love how you made a few simple changes and then told us about them! Makes me feel more confident in tweaking patterns myself!

  11. So cute! And a great idea to use these colors, very pretty :-). Thanks for sharing!

  12. perfect colors! Love the pattern!

  13. Such a cute dress! I love those colors together!

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  14. That is adorable!! I love the colors. Very Cath Kidston!

    Thank you for sharing last week at Beauty Observed.