I had a lot of fun making clothes for my bunnies. Here's Lalla wearing her lovely purple number, and here's the pattern so you can make one too. The dress would also be great for a doll.
The dress is worked in rows, and you will turn at the end of each row. It is worked from the top down.
You will join the two sides to make the skirt in row 6, but still turning at the end of each row to give the skirt its striped effect.
I used 4 ply (sportsweight) cotton yarn for the dress, and a 4 mm hook. My experiments with thicker yarn didn't come out as well.
Row 1 - ch 25, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts, 3 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 sts, 3 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts, 3 dc in next st, 1 dc in last 3 sts. Turn.
Row 2-5 - ch 2 (counts as first st), 1 dc in each dc, continuing the shaping with 3 dc in the centre st of each 3 dc group. Turn.
Row 6 - ch 2, 1 hdc in each st to centre st of 3 dc group, skip to centre st of next 3 dc group (this forms the sleeve). Continue hdc to centre st of next dc group, skip to centre st of next 3 dc group, hdc to end, sl st to first hdc. Turn.
Row 7 - ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to top of first st, turn.
Row 8 - ch 2, 1 hdc in top of dc, 1 hdc in between dcs, repeat to end, sl st to top of first st, turn. (effectively doubling the number of stitches. This leaves a gap between each dc, for the belt.)
Row 9 - ch 2, 1 dc in each st, sl st to top of first st, turn.
Row 10 - ch 2, 1 hdc in each st, sl st to top of first st, turn.
Rows 11-14 - repeat rows 9-10 twice. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Weave a ribbon between the dcs of row 7. Or you can make a belt with a crochet chain in a contrasting colour.
The pattern for the jacket will follow very soon. Actually, if you make the dress you'll know how to make the jacket. Here are some more photos. just because.