Pullip Belted Shift Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)
While I bought my chair from an online seller here in the Philippines, this mini Panton Chair looks like a perfect size for dolls, too.
Having recently purchased a 1:6 scale chair, I wanted to make a dress that will be suitable for going to the office and still work well as a day dress.
This hub is a free crochet pattern for a Pullip Belted Shift Dress. The stitch pattern used for this dress is stretchy and will not require a snap at the end. The dress was made for a Pullip with a Type 4 body. For more information on Pullip body types, please visit Facts About Pullip Dolls.
Materials and Gauge
- Size No. 3 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- Gauge is similar to Pullip Beach Hat
I got this stitch pattern from The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns which you can find in the Amazon capsule to the right. The book does not have any names for each stitch pattern, but this one is Stitch No. 9.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the 1st sc, *ch 1, sk the next sc, sc in the next sc*, rep from * across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the 1st sc, sc in the next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 sp across, to the last ch-1 sp, sc in the last sc, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 for the pattern.
Starting from the bottom of the skirt:
Round 1: Ch 38, sl st in the 1st ch to join, ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st to the 1st sc, turn. (38)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the FL of each sc around, join, turn. (38)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the BL of each sc around, join, turn. (38)
Round 4: Repeat Round 2.
Note: Measure what you currently have on the doll to make sure it fits the widest part of its body. In Pullip dolls, the widest part is at the hips. If you are making this for Barbie, its widest part is the bust area.
Note: If you need to adjust the circumference of the dress, make sure to chain an even number that is not divisible by 4 to make the pattern work.
Round 5: Follow Row 2 of the Stitch Pattern up to the 19th sc (or half of the initial number of chains), sc in the next sc and repeat the Stitch Pattern to the last sc, join, turn.
Note: The joins are located at the side of the body.
Note: For Round 5, there are 2 sc's on each side of the dress.
Round 6: Follow Row 3 of the Stitch Pattern up to the 19th st (ch-1 sp counts as 1 st), sc in the next st and repeat the Stitch Pattern to the last sc, join, turn.
Note: For Round 6, there are 4 sc's on each side of the dress.
Repeat Rounds 5 and 6 until you reach the desired length. Make sure you end with an even number of Rounds.
Note: This stitch pattern is very stretchy, so each fitting might turn out a little bit differently depending on how you stretch it.
Front part of the dress:
Row 1: Work Row 2 of the Stitch Pattern for the first 19 sts, turn.
Row 2: Work Row 3 of the Stitch Pattern across, turn.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
(First split) Row 4: Work Row 3 for the first 5 sts, sk the remaining sts, turn.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Repeat Row 1. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the seams.
(Second split) Row 4: Attach thread with sl st in the 5th st from the end of the previous Row, and repeat Row 4 of the First split.
Rows 5-7: Same as First split.
Back part of the dress:
(First split) Row 1: With the RS facing, sk the next 4 sts of the last Row of the tube dress, sl st in the next st, work Row 1 of the Stitch Pattern for only 5 sts (including the st with the sl st just made), turn.
Rows 2-7: Alternate the Stitch Pattern. Fasten off.
(Second split) Row 1: With the RS facing, sk 1 st, repeat Row 1 of the First Split.
Rows 2-7: Same as First split.
Sew the shoulder seams and weave in all ends.
Ch 80 with a contrasting color thread to shape the waist. Trim the ends.
How to Put the Dress On Your Doll
Now that your dress is done, work the dress from the bottom up. This is the only way you can put it on your Pullip doll (due to its big head). Remove the hands while putting the dress on to make sure they do not get scratched.
If you making this for Barbie, you would want to wear it from the top down, as the widest part of Barbie is at its bust, and I find that you should always tackle the widest parts first when dealing with stretchy fabrics.
The dress has enough stretch for this to be accomplished, and will snap back into place when not worn. For those interested in the bag that the Pullip is carrying in some pictures, please visit Barbie Laptop Messenger Bag for the pattern.