Monday, March 24, 2008

Vintage Pattern Dress & Bonnet



Mom just celebrated her 82nd birthday! For part of her present, I crocheted a vintage-looking dress & bonnet for one of her old dolls. I was hoping to bring back memories. My mom was raised in a large family during the depression & didn't get her first doll until she was 16! This is what lead her to be such a doll collector in her later years. She said it did remind her of the old days, which is what I was going for. The stitch pattern I borrowed from a 1940's pattern for a baby sweater (free on the internet). I have searched & searched to find the link, but it is now gone. The thread came from Camilla Valley Farm in Canada. It is mercerized cotton, probably meant for weaving, but was much more cost effective than what I was using. Here is the link: http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/knit/mcotton.htm I used the 4/8 thickness. BTW: Yes, she desperately needs a slip--Do babies not wear them anymore?? I raised boys, but I do know my modest mother made us wear slips! I couldn't find one for this dress in time for Mama's birthday.
ADD NOTE: Here is the link for the bonnet, booties & sweater for the dress:
http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/baby/no101-baby-set-pattern.html
This is a FREE pattern from 1950. I altered it to make the dress & bonnet you see here. The pattern is very easy to follow (not all vintage patterns are) & fairly quick to make. 4/29/08

4 comments:

Cookey_knits said...

Wow looks great must take alot of your time making that pretty dress.

Sandra

Sandy said...

Thank you very much for the compliment. It actually did not take very long because of all the open-work.

cats-rockin-crochet said...

You have a very lovely blog going here and your work is lovely. Keep up the good work.
Cheers Cat.

Sandy said...

Thank you so much! I liked your blog as well. Very cool snake hat!