Rainbow Tutu Dress (Age 4-5)

Rainbow Tutu Dress
Rainbow Tutu Dress
  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this dress

  • Paintbox Simply Aran Cotton – 2 x 50g balls in any colours you choose (I chose Kingfisher blue 635)
  • 1m x 1.5m stripes of Tulle netting in the following colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy, purple and pink
  • Rainbow dash iron on transfer (optional)
  • 4mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors (larger fabric scissors are best for cutting the tulle)
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Sc – single crochet
  • Ch – chain
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sk st – skip stitch
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • The cotton top of the dress is worked in the round and made first.
  • The tulle is added on last.
  • You can either attach the iron on transfer after you make the top or after you complete the whole dress. It may need sewing on as well since mine fell off when the dress was washed.
  • A larger crochet hook maybe helpful for attaching the tulle.
  • The top is worked from the bottom up, with the rows to add the tulle worked on the bottom last.
  • All rounds are ended with a sl st to the starting stitch, unless otherwise stated
  1. Pattern

Dress top– work in Kingfisher blue

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 80, sl st to join to the round 80
2 Ch 1, sc around 80
3 Ch 1, hdc around 80
4 Ch 1, (2 hdc, ch 1, sk st) x 26, 2 hdc ch 1 and sl st to the top of the starting hdc 26 pattern repeats and 1 half pattern repeat
5 Ch 1, (2 hdc, hdc in ch 1 space) x 26, hdc in last 2 hdc 80
6 CH 1, sc around 80
7 Ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc in same stitch, sk st) x 40, sl st in top of first dc 40 V’s
8 Ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc in the ch 1 sp) x 40, sl st in top of first dc 40 V’s
9-10 Rep row 8 40 V’s
11 Ch 1, sc in each dc around, sl st to join 80
12-15 Rep rows 3-6
16-19 Rep rows 7-10
20-24 Rep rows 11-15
25 Ch 1, [3 sc, (sc, ch 3, sc in the same stitch)] x 20, sl st to end and cast off 20 picots

Dress Top Bottom – work in Kingfisher blue

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Turning the work upside down, attach yarn where the starting ch begins of row 1 and work as follows (hdc, ch 2, sk 2) x 26, hdc, ch 1, sk 1 and sl st in starting hdc 26 pattern repeats and smaller end repeat
2 Ch 2, repeat row 1
Cast off and sew in all ends

To add the Tulle

  1. Cut 8-10 pieces of tulle about 1m long by 15cm wide in each colour. (reserve 1 piece of the light blue for later)
  2. Fold each piece in half and put them into pairs, you will add two pieces at a time.
  3. Turn the dress upside down and using a larger crochet hook, pull the loops of the pieces through any hole on the dress bottom edge from the inside of the dress to the outside.
  4. Thread the ends of the tulle through the loops pulled through the dress and pull them tight to create the knot.
  5. I added about 5 pieces of each colour to each row of the the dress bottom, to give 2 layers of tulle.
  6. Work your way around the dress in a rainbow colour order until the whole dress is covered in tulle.

Dress Straps

  1. Take the reserved pieces of light blue and decide where you want the front and back of the dress to be.
  2. Cut the tulle in half and fold each piece in half.
  3. Take the first piece and in a similar manner to the dress, thread it through a picot at the top (from round 25) and secure by pulling the ends through the loop.
  4. Skip 5 picots and repeat with the second piece of tulle as step 3.
  5. Turn the dress around and skip 3 picots on each side (makes the arm holes) and thread just 1 of the two strands through the next picot. Repeat this on both sides.
  6. Now tie both pieces of tulle together in a bow to create the sleeves. (If you have the child with you, they can try it on and you can adjust the bow so the straps fit correctly.  If you don’t tie a loose bow and this can be adjusted when they wear it.)

Finishing Touches

  1. Now is a good time to hang the dress up and pull out all the tulle and trim to make sure it’s all an even length.
  2. If you are going to add a iron on transfer of rainbow dash you can do this now (or before you add the tulle). This may need sewing on as well as iron on so that it doesn’t come off when washed.
  3. If you want to alter the dress size, then this is easily done. This finished dress top is 9” wide and 9” long.
    1. You can easily alter the length by adjusting the number of rows, either add as many pattern repeats before the finishing edge (row 25) or you can subtract a pattern repeat if as required. Just measure how long the piece needs to be and adjust as necessary.
    2. You can adjust the pattern width by increase or subtracting on the starting ch in multiples of 2. As long as the stitch count stays an even number on your starting chain the pattern with work.
    3. The overall dress length can be altered by increasing or decreasing the length of the pieces of tulle to suit the height of the child
    4. The strap length can also be altered by increasing or decreasing the length of the tulle.
    5. You can increase or decrease the size of the arm hole by increasing or decreasing the amount of picots between the straps Front and back.
  4. You can alter the colours of the tulle and the cotton top to make different styles and inspired dresses and either change or leave off the iron on transfer as required.
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