Crochet Rainbow Tutu Dress
Today I am excited to share with you Lily’s Birthday Dress. Whilst we were flicking through Pinterest looking for ideas for her birthday party and cake (all unicorn and pony themed, if you have not been following me the last few weeks), we came across a Rainbow Dash inspired Dress. It was crocheted on the top and had rainbow tulle at the bottom and a small image of Rainbow Dash herself on the crocheted top. Lily loved it immediately and asked for her own dress the same. So I decided to make her one.
The materials were not too hard to source, I got 4 balls of 50 g Aran (worsted) cotton in a blue colour, I wasn’t sure quite what design I would be making or how much I would need, and as it turned out I only needed 2 of the balls. I also got 1 m x 1.5 m pieces of tulle in 8 rainbow colours; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy, purple and pink and this turned out to be just the exact amount needed. Finally I purchased a iron on transfer of rainbow dash to complete the dress.
It actually didn’t take me too long to make the dress. The actual crocheted part took a couple of hours and the design just sort of came together as I made it. I chose a mix of V stitch and also some single crochet, half double crochet and chain stitches as an alternative to the V stitch. I ended up with a more solid pattern repeat, followed by V stitch pattern repeat. I then did both of these again and finished with a sold pattern repeat and a picot edging. I then turned the dress upside down and created two rows of holes to thread the tulle through later. I imagine if I sat down to create this part again that I could easily do it in less than 2 hours, providing I have no distractions or kids requesting drinks or food etc.
The next part to do was add the tulle. I basically cut about 10 stripes of each colour and then threaded them through in pairs going around the edge in
rainbow order. Initially it took a couple of goes to get the knots the right way round for the best look, but after some experimenting I succeeded in creating the look I was going for. I only did one row of tulle, using about half of it to start with. However once Lily’s tried the dress on it became apparent it would need an additional layer since you could see her knickers through the dress. So a couple of days later I added an additional layer around the dress using the remaining tulle and this definitely created a more fuller skirt and prevented the dress from being see through.
To add the straps I used a piece of blue tulle and threaded them through the picot holes of the edging and tied them in a bow at the back. This has make the straps adjustable. Finally I ironed on the transfer of Rainbow Dash, although after only wearing the dress once and washing it the transfer came off, so I think this will need sewing on again for the next time she wears the dress. To finish it off, I hung the dress up and just trimmed the tulle to make sure the dress was all one length.
I absolutely loved making this Crochet Rainbow Tutu dress, it certainty didn’t take too long, and could probably be done in a morning or afternoon if I didn’t have the children around me. In fact I loved it so much that I want to experiment in making other dresses in different colours and styles in a similar way. It amazes me that just changing the colour can give such a different look altogether. I made this dress to fit Lily and its a little big for growing room so probably will fit a child around age 4-5. However, it seems like it will be really easy to adjust the size of the dress and I did make some notes in my pattern on how to do this. As I experiment more with making these dresses I may even begin to sell them and as well as make the patterns, if I have enough interest.
If you would like to make your own Crochet Rainbow Tutu Dress then you can get the pattern for FREE here. As always I would love to see the dresses you make so feel free to post them on my social media channel. I hope you love this dress as much as I did making it. Lily definitely loved wearing her dress for her party and I hope will wear it lots more from now on.
Join me next week when Cosy Crochet starts a new theme, mermaids under the sea.