05 April 2011

Little White Dress

I made this dress to donate to a pregnancy center for charity. It was made with no pattern. I just crocheted what I wanted it to look like, crocheting in the round with graduated shells. I was asked how to make it, so here's what I did. The inspiration for this dress and trim was the Summer Splendor Doily.


The original dress I made for charity, after receiving many requests for a pattern, I decided to write one out. Please consider working a few and donating to your charity of choice. :)
Materials:
Approx. 250 yds ww, aran or bulky yarn
Crochet Hook size H or size I if you crochet tightly
Finished Size
 NB to 3m baby dress or top  
Preemie Size Obtained with Sport weight and a size G crochet hook
Gauge: 5 rounds in pattern stitch are 4”. Crochet loosely. If your dress looks like it will not fit over baby’s head after 2 or 3 rows, try it on for size, if it will not fit you can go up a bigger hook size or add to the beginning chain and follow the same formula. Beginning chain is a multiple of 3 + 2.
Skill Level: Intermediate due to stitches
Special Stitches:
Shell (dc, ch1-3 times, dc) (dc, ch1-5 times, dc) (dc, ch1-6 times, dc)
Cluster: Holding back last loop on each, work 3 dc in same st or sp, yo and pull thru all 4 loops on hook.

Notes:
The number of dc sts per shell change from round to round.
You can make this dress bigger by going up 2 hook sizes or more.
The heart pattern is not included.
Directions:
With MC, ch 62. Join to beginning ch with a slst, being careful not to twist the chain.
There are 2 extra chain stitches (2 more than needed), just to give a little extra stretch, this adds about half an inch in diameter. You can Chain 60 and work the pattern as written and it will work out without the extra chains. There is a tiny gap where the last 4 chains are, but this does flatten out under the weight of the fabric of the dress, if you do not want that little gap in back of the dress, work 60 chains to begin.
R1 Ch1, sc in the 1st ch sp, *sk2 chs, Shell [dc, ch1-3 times, dc] all in next ch sp, sk2 chs, sc in next sp*. Repeat from * around, join with a slst to first sc. (10 shells and 10sc)

R2 Ch4, (counts as dc, ch1 now and throughout) dc, ch1-4 times, dc in same sp, (shell made with 6dc and 5 ch1 sps), sk next ch1 sp, sc in next ch1 sp (of shell)sk next ch1 sp. *In next sc make [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] Shell made, sk next ch1 sp, sc in next ch1 sp, sk next ch1 sp.
*Repeat from * around, join with a slst to 3rd ch of beg. ch4. (10 shells and 10 sc)


R3 Slst to 3rd ch1 sp of shell, ch1,* [sc, ch2, sc] in same ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] all in next sc, sk next 2-ch1 sps.* Repeat from * around, join with a slst to first sc. (10 shells and 10 sc, ch2, sc sps)


R4 {Armholes made this round} Slst into ch2 sp, ch4, [dc, ch1-4 times] dc, all in same ch2 sp (shell made) sk2, ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2, ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2 ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, Ch5, sk next ch2 sp, sk next shell, sk next ch2 sp, on next shell-sk next 2 ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp (Armhole space made) sk next 2- ch1 sps, *[dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2, ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2, ch1 sps.* Repeat from * 3 times (3 shells made on front of dress) Ch5, sk next ch2 sp, sk next shell, sk next ch2 sp, on next shell-sk next 2- ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp (Armhole space made) sk next 2- ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2- ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp. Join with a slst to 3rd ch of beg. ch4. (6 shells, 8 ch2 sps and 2- ch5 armhole sps)
Row 4 is explained stitch by stitch.
R5 Slst to 3rd ch1 sp, ch1, sc in same sp, ch2, sc all in same sp. Sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk 2 chs on Armhole, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch, sk next 2 chs. *[dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2- ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2- ch1 sps* Repeat * 3 times total, Shell [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk 2 chs on Armhole, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch, sk next 2 chs. [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2 ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2- ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] in last ch2 sp. Join with a slst to 1st sc. (8 shells and 8-ch2 sps)

R6 Slst into ch2 sp, ch4, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] all in same space (Shell made using 7dc and 6-ch1 sps) *sk next 2-ch1 sps, [sc, ch2, sc] in next ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-6 times, dc] in next ch2 sp (Shell made),* Repeat from * around. Join with a slst to 3rd ch of beg. ch4. 


Now it gets easier,
R7 Slst into 3rd ch1 sp, ch1, sc in same sp, ch2, sk next dc, sc in next ch1 sp. Sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [dc, ch1-6 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, *sc in next ch1 sp, ch2, sk next dc, sc in next ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [dc, ch1-6 times, dc] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps,* Repeat from * around, join with a slst to 1st sc.
The ch2 space is made differently in R7...
 Row 7



R8 Slst into ch2 sp, ch4, [dc, ch1-5 times, dc] all in same space (Shell made using 7dc and 6-ch1 sps) *sk next 2-ch1 sps, sc in next ch1 sp, ch2, sk next dc, sc in next ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, [dc, ch1-6 times, dc] in next ch2 sp (Shell made),* Repeat from * around. Join with a slst to 3rd ch of beg. ch4.


R9-14 Repeat R7 and R8 for a total of 3 more times. 
 Please note: only 13 rows are photographed in photo below for preemie size, the pattern is worked to 14 Rows for NB-3m size or larger.

Begin Trim
R15 Slst into 3rd ch1 sp, ch1, sc in same sp, ch3, sk next dc, sc in next ch1 sp. Sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [tr, ch1-6 times, tr] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, *sc in next ch1 sp, ch3, sk next dc, sc in next ch1 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps, Shell [tr, ch1-6 times, tr] in next ch2 sp, sk next 2-ch1 sps,* Repeat from * around, join with a slst to 1st sc.

R16 Slst into ch3 sp, ch1, sc in same sp, * cluster (See Stitches) in next ch-1 sp, (ch 2, cluster in next ch1 sp) 5 times, sc in next ch3 sp* Repeat from * around, ending with a slst in first sc. 


R17 Ch1, sc, ch3, sc all in same sp. *[Sc, ch3, sc] in next ch2 sp, 5 times, [sc, ch3, sc] in next sc* Repeat from * around, join with a slst to first sc. Fasten off. 
Make a super cute little pocket from a heart or flower and sew it to the dress and enjoy! These are so quick, make a few and donate them to a charitable organization. 
Happy Crocheting!
God Bless!

142 comments:

  1. SO pretty. Thanks for the pattern.

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  2. Thank you again, Sarah! I can't wait to make this but I've got loads more orders to finish up. I'll let you know when I do :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing your pattern. It is lovely. I would really like to make it some day. Will keep my fingers crossed for a little girl grandbaby. Isn't your blog title and picture new? Looks great!

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  4. thank u for sharing this pattern....

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  5. Hi, Sarah
    I just met your blog and congratulations for your work is beautiful!!
    Kisses,
    Sandra Coatti / Brazil

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  6. You are all very welcome! and thank you too! :)

    Kathleen, it is a new picture. :) Thank you!

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  7. Bit new to crochet. Having troube with row 2. The shell is fine, but the ch1 now and throughout. I guess what's between the shell if got me off on the second row. Any help? It's so cute, it may be not the correct skill level as I'm usually a knitter.

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  8. Hi! The ch1 sps are made in the shell. So when the instructions refer to ch1 sp, it means to work your stitch in the correct ch1 sp of he next shell. The shells on R2 are made like this

    dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc

    So the shells on R2 have a total of 6 dc and 5 ch1 sps each. The following rows, the number of sts per shell change, so that is something to look for too. :)

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  9. I used your pattern this week to make a dress to donate to the local pregnancy resource center. thanks for sharing this very cute pattern.
    Also I printed it before you edited it, and had no difficulties with the pattern.

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  10. That's great! There were a few questions because I had forgotten to put the * symbol in for repeats, so I went back and added it in. Some newer crocheters had a few questions about that. I'd love to see your finished dress. Is it posted on Crochetville? I haven't been on there for a few days, but am going to check in there now.

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  11. Sarah, I just posted it on Crochetville. It's also on Ravelry.

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  12. Lynn in New ZealandApril 9, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Oh, thank you for posting this pattern! My 3rd little great-grandy, a little girl this time, was born on 8th April, and this little dress would be lovely to make for a 'welcome to our family' present.
    Thanks again,
    Lynn in New Zealand

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  13. So pretty and delicate! Blessings, Joanne

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  14. Gorgeous! Thanks for the pattern! Here is what mine ended up looking like!
    http://arielstarkecrochet.com/2011/04/20/pipers-newborn-dress/

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  15. That pattern is really pretty, thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it!

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  16. This pattern is wonderful. I enjoyed it:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69542400@N00/5834668657/in/photostream

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  17. Oh! You did beautifully! Great job!

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  18. Any idea why I'm ending up with 11 shells and sc on the first row? If I just do 10 each I'm ending up with 4 chs left. What am I doing wrong? Any ideas? I love this pattern and would love to make this for my future granddaughter.

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  19. Is it possible that you have skipped over a few chains, possibly adding in extra stitches around? After making the last shell, you should have 2 chains left over, you would skip those and slst into the first sc of the round. With out seeing and being able to count your stitches through, it's hard for me to answer the question with a helpful answer. I do hope you are able to get it to work out for you. If you are on Ravelry, the Little White Dress is posted there, you can click others projects for it and their notes may help you as well.

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  20. Thanks Sarah! I'll check there too. Not sure what I'm doing wrong but I'll figure it out eventually :) Love this dress!

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  21. Love the dress pattern! I've made one today and started on a second. I've put photos and a link to your pattern on my blog http://bookfairy43.blogspot.com/ . My newest great niece (when she arrives) is going to love her dress!

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  22. I've got to tell you, Sarah, this little dress is one of the best patterns I've ever worked. I have been on a wATerMeLOn kick this summer doing everything I make into those colors. When I found this pattern ore the internet (looking for free pattern dresses), I was truely amazed by the texture of it. I worked one up with the wATerMeLOn colors and it is beyond words. Everyone love it. Come see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildaboutcolor/ Thank you for posting this for everyone & me :']
    I'm happy & so will Lundey!
    Ellen ~ wiLDaBoUtCoLoR

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  23. I'm having the same problem as Beth, ending up with 4 chains at the end. I've done it multiple times, counting and recounting to make sure that I've chained 62. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

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  24. Hi Sarah,
    I figured out what I was doing wrong :) Instead of making the shell as you have written I was dc, ch 1 3 times and then dc. I should have been doing dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc for the shell. I have 10 shells now and was able to join :) It just took me a few times reading and looking at your piece. I couldn't figure out why mine had such big spaces until I figured out the shell mistake I was making :)

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  25. Sorry Sarah, me again. On Row 2, once I ch 4, am I suppose to do the shell next? If so, where do I start it? Sorry I'm pretty new to crochet and trying to figure this out. Thank you :)

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  26. Hi Beth! If you look at the photo between R7 and R8, it shows how a shell is started with a ch4. Basically, the ch4 is/counts as a dc and a ch1 sp. It is how to start a row with a shell instead of a sc. Also, the rest of the instructions for the shell are made in the same place as you started the ch4. Hope the photo is able to help you.

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  27. Hey Sarah.

    I'm totally in love with this pattern. I'm trying to make this, but my row 1 end up with 9 shells only. I have tried several times, counting the chain over and over again. It's 62, but I have 9 shells only. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? We have to do slst in the next ch sp after the shell, right? And should leave 2 chains after SC, right? Please help. I really want to make this pattern.

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  28. Hi Mehvish. The way the row is made is like this, sc, skip 2 chains, shell, skip 2 chains, sc, skip 2 chains, shell, skip 2 chains, just like that around. The only time you make a slst is at the end of the row, 1 time to join. Hope I was able to help. Happy crocheting!

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  29. That is exactly what I'm doing, still have 9 shells in the end instead of 10. I don't know where I am wrong. Chains are 62 as well.

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  30. Is there any way to make it larger?

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  31. Does anyone know how to copy and print for future project??? Like this cute little dress, however will make it bigger for older babies...

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  32. How can I print for future reference???

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  33. I love this little dress!! Have you tried or do you have suggestions on making it a little larger such as 12 or 24 months?

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  34. Thank you for sharing this pattern with us! You are a very talented lady. **smiles**

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  35. Just finished making your little dress and I am in love with the pattern! I made it from the Caron Simply Soft bright pink and and used white for the edging. Just beautiful! Can't wait to see my new grand-daughter that is due in 2 weeks in it! Thank you so much! Will let you know when I post a pic on my blog with Abby in it! Love your blog! Crochet Hugs!

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  36. Thank you for sharing this pattern. We have a new little niece making an appearance in October and I decided to give this a try today. I love it!!! It's so easy to put together. Thanks again for sharing!!

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  37. Cute dress! I dying to make it for my first granddaughter due in February! I'm new to making clothes so I'm having trouble getting started. I'm ending up with 4 chains left on row 1. After chaining 62 and slip stitch to join and single crochet, do I single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch to start Or would it be the second chain? Thanks!!

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  38. Hi Leslie! I am having computer difficulties right now, but if you get 10 shells and 10 sc for the first round, the dress will work. You cal look back thru the comments and the explinations there should help you. Happy crocheting!

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  39. Hi
    This is such cute dress. Please help me with R1. Ch1, sc in the 1st ch sp, *sk2 chs, Shell [dc, ch1-3 times, dc]. Does it mean the shell will have three dcs or four? Thank you for sharing this pattern.

    Prabha

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  40. Hi

    Thank you for posting this pattern. very cute dress. Could you please help me with R1.R1 Ch1, sc in the 1st ch sp, *sk2 chs, Shell [dc, ch1-3 times, dc] all in next ch sp, sk2 chs, sc in next sp*. Repeat from * around, join with a slst to first sc. (10 shells and 10sc). Does it mean that that shell will have altogether four dcs.

    thanks a lot

    prabha

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  41. Hi Prabha! The shell in this row will have 4 dc. The number of dc in each shell changes from row to row, so the shells gradually get bigger as you crochet the dress. Have a great day!

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  42. hi Sarah..thank you for sharing the cute dress. you state 'looks like this after R3'...is there suppose to be a picture ?

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  43. Hey, Sarah!

    Could you please explain Row 3 and 4 to me? I am having trouble understanding it. This pattern is VERY pretty. I really want to make it for my little girl. Please help me.

    And does row 1 shells have 4 dc? And row 2 has 6 dc?

    Please help me out!

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  44. Hi sarah,
    I have made the dress in a bright pink for my 6 mths grandaughter (Stella) I found a pattern for the crochet heart pocket.. it looks lovely.. Have you a pattern for the little Mary Jane shoes.. I would love to crochet them in the same pink for her christmas present...
    Thanking you for sharing your beautiful patterns.
    Kindest Regards
    Heather
    Hamilton
    New Zealand

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  45. A new born baby is a heavenly gift given to the parents by the god. A baby comes in this world along with heavenly delight and joy for his or her parents, relatives and neighbors. Celebration of the event of the birth of a baby is usually done by gifting the baby and parents. But it is really tough to find a gift that will be perfectly suitable for the baby. Newborn clothing are always useful in these situations.

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  46. I'd like to adapt this so it will fit a 5-year-old. How would I go about doing so?

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  47. My niece is expecting a little girl this Feb. and this is soooooooooooooo cute I want to make it for my new great niece to be ... however my question is about making it for 3 to 6 months old size. Would you increase by working with a larger hook or would you increase by increasing the foundation chain & number of shells? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I would like to make this soon. My inclination is to increase simply by working with a larger hook. Thank you for such a lovely pattern!!!!

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  48. Is it possible to make this larger for a toddler? My lo is on 18-24 mo clothes. I would have made this for her had I known about it then.... This will be PERFECT if I can figure out how to make it bigger, well, enough to fit her.... Thanks! THis is just DARLING!

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  49. It is, I am currently working on a few sizes, it is just taking some time to work out gauge vs. Size and number of stitches so the neck opening isn't to big. Hopefully soon. :)

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  50. A new born baby is a heavenly gift given to the parents by the god. A baby comes in this world along with heavenly delight and joy for his or her parents, relatives and neighbors. Celebration of the event of the birth of a baby is usually done by gifting the baby and parents. But it is really tough to find a gift that will be perfectly suitable for the baby. Newborn clothing are always useful in these situations.

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  51. my daughter is one and a half years old n i would love to make this for her. waiting for your reply to how can i make it larger. i made one for a friends baby who was born a few days back and it turned out really pretty.

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  52. Hi, I am working on more sizes of this pattern. It is an advanced/intermediate design, so its not as simple as just making it bigger without working out the stitches and correct sizing. Also, I've given ways to resize a few of my patterns before and then they were published in magazines, more than once by other people. So when I get it worked out, edited and tested, I will post more sizes. I'm about half way done, due to illness in my family I've not had a lot of tome to devote to this just yet. Hopefully soon.

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  53. I am making this dress for my new grandaughter.I think it is adorable. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  54. I am attempting to make this dress for my granddaughter who will be a year old in April. I need to increase the width of the dress. How many chain stitches should I add to do that? I know you posted the chain is a multiple of 3+2 but I don't understand what that means. Also, when the directions say to "chain 1-3 times" does that mean chain 3 stitches? I absolutely love the dress so I hope I can get these questions answered so I can make it. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me and for designing this adorable dress in the first place!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for asking about the dress! You can go up a hook size to size I or even J and work the instructions as written and get a size 12m dress. That may be easier to work than re-doing the math/stitch count. I recently published a paid version of this dress for 2 larger sizes on Ravelry.com, but with a bigger hook you should be able to get a little bit bigger size. :)

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  55. Hi Sarah! I am new to this site, your work is great. I love crocheting and since the birth of my sweet daughter i am always looking for something new and your work is a real help. Thank you for this pattern its beautiful.

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  56. Hi Sarah! I am new to this site, your work is great. I love crocheting and since the birth of my sweet daughter i am always looking for something new and your work is a real help.

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  57. Hi, I have just made this dress... It truly is adorable. I have also made a bonnet to go with it you can see the pictures here http://krazymommakreations.blogspot.ca/2012/03/little-pink-dress-and-little-extra.html. Hope you like it :) Thanks for a wonderful pattern.

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  58. I used a K hook with bernat softee baby and it fits a 12-18 month old size perfectly!!

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  59. Hi Sarah,
    I'm having difficulty with this dress. Rounds 1-3 I did easily. When I got to R4 Just after it says "(Armhole space made)" there is no more room for what it says to do between there and "join". (It calls for another shell and work in the ch2 sp). I still ened up with 6 shells and 8 ch 2 sps so I joined it.

    But when I drop down to R4 and get just past the second armhole I am at a point where I have 2 ch2 spcs in a row.
    I'm an experienced crocheter but I'm not sure if it's me or the pattern.

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    1. Hi! After working R4 there should be between arnhole spaces:

      ch2 sp, shell, ch2 sp, shell, ch2 sp, shell, ch2, ch5 arm hole space, ch2 sp, shell, ch2 sp, shell, ch2 sp, shell, ch2 sp, ch5 arm hole space.

      There should be a total of 6 shells, 8 ch2 sps and 2-ch5 armholes.

      Is it possible when reading the instructions,(since this row is written out long) that you just skipped over a few of the insts? It may help to rip back to R3 and work R4 again. Its dificult for me to see what isn't working without being able to look at it. Please let me know if this helps. :)

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  60. Thanks for the pattern! It requires too much time and effort but I’m sure the kids on the charity will love it!
    -Samatha@Shadow Stripe Suits

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  61. So cute! The first one I made was too big for some of my daughter's dolls. I cut back to 50 chains to get 8 shells instead of 10 and it worked great for our smaller dolls. Thanks so much for sharing! I've made two of them today and my daughter has already picked out yarn for "just one more"!

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  62. This dress is incredible.

    I hope to make one for my daughter who is going to be a year old in June...

    I guess going up a hook size or two would help to make that happen? I'm new to the crochet world, but I MUST MAKE THIS DRESS!!!

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    1. I'd love to know what Sarah says to this. My daughter is in that 3 - 6 month bracket, and above it says that this dress is for a NB - 3 month old. I'd love to know how to adjust for my daughter! :)

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  63. thank you so very much for sharing this pattern. these days one can hardly buy the yarn, forget about paying for instructions. so on behalf of all the seniors and myself, i appreciate this so very much. my granddaughter is expecting a girl and this is greatly appreciated.

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  64. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I loved making it. I'll definately be making more.

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  65. I saw a watermelon version of your dress ... I assume you made it! I got the pattern from ravelry. I'm going to give it a try! My baby is 4, almost 5 months old, so I'm wondering how to adjust the dress size to a slightly larger than NB - 3 months.
    redwingschic02@yahoo.com

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  66. Thank you so much for sharing our pattern, I can't wait to get in the crafing mood to start crocheting..

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  67. Beautiful baby dress! Thank very much! :)

    Lee Ann
    Crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

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  68. Have you been able to make this in other sizes? I need one for a size 4, thanks Laurie kyangelmom@aol.com

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  69. do you also have the pattern for the booties that go with the dress, thanks kim

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  70. Do you have the pattern for the booties as well, thanks kim

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  71. Thank you so much for this awesome pattern.

    Do you happen to have the approx finished length and width for the Newborn based on the yarn and hook size you used?

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    1. I'm sorry,I don't have one made right now to check. The dress has been made in so many different hook/yarn combos, its easy to reach several different sizes that way, or to just add a few stitches under the arm and crochet more length. My favorite to use is a size G hook and Caron Simply Soft, since it is a little thinner than other worsted weight yarns and is softer on a babies skin too. This gives me about a 3m size depending on the size of the baby. Hope the information will help you. If you check the projects for this on Ravelry, so many people have made the dress, their notes may be helpful too.

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  72. Thanks for responding. Surprisingly, I made the dress with a H hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn. When I finished the dress, I figured it was kind of too short to be a dress. I crochet loosely so I believe that would not be a contributing factor.

    So, since you use a G hook, perhaps my dress dress is OK. It measures approx 10" high and 13" wide across R17.

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  73. thank you so much
    http://sewingbreakdown.blogspot.com/

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  74. Really cute and quick! Thanks for sharing this! Making several of these in different colors. :)

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  75. The pattern for the 12-24 mo dress on Ravelry is saying that it is unavailable? Can you please help?

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    1. The pattern is unavaliable at this time, however you can make the dress listed in this blog post, (the 18-24m size begins exactly the same, same stitch count) and then when you make the arm hole chain, add enough chains to make 1 extra shell under each arm. Increasing the next row by 2 shells. This gives the width to fit an 18-24 month old child.

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  76. Thanks so much for this! I made one and gave it to my bff when her second daughter was born at the end of march :)

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  77. Hi Sarah!

    I love this dress, and I'm about to be an aunt, so I really (!!!!) would like to make this for my new niese. But I can't figure this out. Can you please help?

    I'we tried to make the three first rounds, but it does not end up looking like yours (mine has bigger holes). But I get ten (and almost a half)shells. Should the next shell be made "on top of" the other big hole?

    I'm also having trouble with understanding what counts as a chl sps. If my shell has 5 chl sps (6 dc, 5 ch), then it doesn't count up in my head..

    Thanks again for this super pattern!

    Ida

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    1. Hi Ida,

      I'm not Sarah but maybe you can try a Youtube video provided by OneVirtuousWoman. She has permission from Sarah to make The Little White dress.

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    2. Hi Ida! Learn2Crochet is correct, there is a great tutorial for the dress on youtube provided by OneVirtuousWoman. This will be a great help to you, especially if the stitches aren't coming out correctly. :) Its sometimes difficult for me to offer help if I can't see the work myself to say, "Yes its this or that". The video will help. Happy Crocheting and please let me know when you finish the dress. I love seeing all the different variations and colors everyone has made.

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    3. Thanks! I'll look into it :) Already looking forward to it :)

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  78. I'm making this for my niece who is having twins with a very pale yellow yarn. It's turning out great.

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  79. cute dress, thanks for sharing... wishing you a happy new year 2013

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  80. Hi, Sarah! I just wanted to say "thanks (again)" for this beautiful pattern! I made one for my little sweetie (I actually made it while I was on bed rest before she was born) and now I'm making one for a friend's granddaughter (due in two weeks!) and another one for my little girl now that she's almost a year old. I love the pattern. It is classy, elegant, and all around gorgeous!

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  81. Quick question: I'm wanting to size the dress up a smidgen and the instructions say that the beginning chain is a multiple of 3+2, but, with the shells taking up 5 chains, would it really be a multiple of 5+2? Sorry for the newbie question. I'm still stumbling my way around all this. :)

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  82. Or maybe an even multiple of 3+2 (to account for the chain 1)? Sorry. I feel so silly asking! :)

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  83. Oh my gosh, fell in love with this dress. :) So easy and quick its perfect for my charity crochet. Only one thing. Why ch of 62??? Misprint???? mutible of 6 only needs 60. Have made 5 with 61 cause added a sc acoss starting in the 2nd ch for a more stable neckline. Worked out so super cute. Wish I knew how to put it on your ravelry page. Made a matchy hat to go with it. Works super for hospitals. Thank you! :)

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  84. I am fairly new to crocheting, but this pattern is so adorable I had to do it :)

    Here is the link for Onevirtuouswoman's tutorial..it was a lifesaver to me :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgcxITW0lHU

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  85. Thank you for this pattern! I just finished it yesterday and I am in love! So adorable! You can find my finished piece at www.facebook.com/beautifulducklings

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  86. The pattern is very good which you define in your blog.Thanks for nice post.Keep it up.Kids Clothes Online and Baby Clothes Ireland

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  87. Wow your outfits and crafts are so amazing !!! I don't know how to crochet and was wondering if you would sell any of your dresses... My sister just had a little girl this month and I would love to get her a few dress and booties :-) if you could email me at jodyandcompany@gmail.com I would really appreciate it

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    1. Hi Jody! I have an Etsy store with a few items listed. I'm preparing for a Mother's Day Bazaar sale at a local school right now. You can see what I have listed and convo/message me through etsy if there's a special order you'd like. :) Thanks! Have a great day!

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  88. I can't find your blog Sarah. Every time it looks like the link is opening, up pops a page and says they can't find u also, I've looked for the little white dress pattern and it also says it can't be found.

    What's going on with your blog.
    I need some help finding I.

    Thanks

    Cathrin24

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    1. Catherin, I am not sure what is going on, it could be a blogger issue. The pattern is on Ravelry though. Do you have a Ravelry account? I will check into this today and see if I can find out whats going on. Thanks for letting me know.

      Sarah

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  89. Sarah,
    I just wanted to thank you! for sharing this pattern! I have made to dresses one for a new born and another for a toddler and everyone loves them. :-)

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  90. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing this design..I managed to make this for my newborn girl, but she hadn't had a chance of wearing it as she quickly grew out of it..could you please advice on how to make this in size 3-6months? Thanks again

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  91. Thank you for sharing this pattern! It is adorable. I have been making these and was wondering if I could sell the ones I made? I wanted to get permission before selling them on Etsy. Thank you!

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  92. Sarah I didnt read all posts but was wondering if i would just go up a hook size or two to make this a 3-6 month size, and 6-9 month size and 9-12 month size

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  93. Yes, you can go up hook sizes to obtain larger dress sizes. The dress will gradually take on a more lacy look and will be gorgeous! Happy crocheting! :)

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  94. I don't see a spot where I can click "print"? Hope someone can help...I can't wait to try making this dress.
    Thanks for any help you can give

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    1. Forgot the link, sorry! :) Here you go...
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-white-dress

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  95. There is a free PDF on Ravelry.com you can download and its already formatted for you. Happy Crocheting! :)

    Sarah

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  96. This is such a beautiful design. Is it possible to make this in adult size S?

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    1. Thank you, yes, it would be a multiple of 3 chains plus 2 to start, I would suggest a good estimate of maybe 92 chains, try it on and see how that lays, and basically follow the pattern, adding extra rows for length and dividing for the sleeves, just make sure you have the same number of shells per sleeve area. This may be on my to do list for new patterns. Happy Crocheting!

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  97. I made this dress for my granddaughters blessing last week. Turned out beautiful!!! Thank you for the pattern!

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  98. I made this dress for my granddaughters blessing. Turned out beautiful and fit great! Thanks for the pattern!

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  99. I'm currently expecting my first child, a beautiful little girl due in May 2014. I want to make this dress for her, but I would prefer to use the sport weight yarn I already have instead of trying to get more yarn in another weight. (not to mention my yarn stash is quite impressive as it is and my hubby isn't too thrilled with the idea of me adding to it till some of it is gone). I started to crochet this pattern following instructions as written but using a G hook instead of an H or I because of how thin the yarn is. It worked fine, except I'm having a little trouble matching up to the gauge... After row five, the widest point from starting chain to shell point was measuring about 2 inches short. Do you have any suggestions for how to make up the difference? I'm worried that if I use a bigger hook, it'll look too spacey.

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    1. Congratulations! :) You can follow the same shell pattern stitch and increase by 2 shells and loops. Your starting chain would be longer to accommodate for the extra shells and loops. When you divide for sleeves, just remember to count in the extra stitches. Follow the same instructions, the only thing to change would be your ending stitch counts. Send me a photo when you finish, worked in sport weight it should be super cute!

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    2. I actually dug through my stash today (joined the stashbusting party from your sidebar :) ) and found some Caron Simply Soft yarn (worsted weight... i think you called it Aran?) in white and pistachio and I crocheted the whole dress today in the white with row 5 in the green and the remaining rows in white again, adding a small pink flower in the center of the green row for embellishment. It is super cute and I can't wait to see my little girl wear it! I don't know how to send the picture to you though :(

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    3. It does sound so cute! Glad you had success with the pattern. :)

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  100. I'm currently expecting my first child, a beautiful little girl due in May 2014. I want to make this dress for her, but I would prefer to use the sport weight yarn I already have instead of trying to get more yarn in another weight. (not to mention my yarn stash is quite impressive as it is and my hubby isn't too thrilled with the idea of me adding to it till some of it is gone). I started to crochet this pattern following instructions as written but using a G hook instead of an H or I because of how thin the yarn is. It worked fine, except I'm having a little trouble matching up to the gauge... After row five, the widest point from starting chain to shell point was measuring about 2 inches short. Do you have any suggestions for how to make up the difference? I'm worried that if I use a bigger hook, it'll look too spacey.

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  101. Hi, I'm expecting my first child, a beautiful baby girl, due May 2014 and I want to make this dress for her. However, I would prefer to use sport weight yarn as I don't currently have any baby appropriate colors in my worsted weight and I can't really afford to go out and get more (my yarn stash is already quite impressive and my hubby isn't too thrilled with me adding to it for a while) but when I started the pattern, I measured from the beginning chain to the tip of the shell at the end of round 5 and I came up about 2 inches shorter than your gauge recommends!

    I should probably mention I'm also using a G hook instead of an H or an I as I'm worried that the bigger hooks would make the stitches look too spaced out. Do you have any suggestions for how I could make this pattern work better w/ the sport weight yarn? Should I just add more chains in the beginning? And would that even affect the measurements of the completed rows if I did?

    Thanks in advance for any response!

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    1. Mc stands for main color, if you were going to use more than one color, cc would be the contrasting color.

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  103. This pattern is beautiful and so quick! I wonder if you mind if i sell dresses made from this?

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    1. Thank you! I'm blown away by the generosity of the crafting community! This little dress will be just perfect for my customer's wedding needs, and I'll make sure you get a backlink and credit when I post pics.

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  104. So pretty! Thank you for sharing!!

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  105. I made this today for my 7 week old baby sister as an Easter outfit. I stopped at row 11 to make it into a shirt, it turned out beautiful! Thanks for the gorgeous pattern :)

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    1. Ahh! How sweet! You are so welcome! Enjoy!

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  106. Hello! Beautiful pattern and dress. Unlike everyone else I made it past most of the rows but I seem to be tripped up on the shells. I get to row 8 and then rethink everything I have completed! Can you describe your breakdown of each shell for me?
    Row 8- [dc, ch1, 5 times, dc] essentially my thought process is 5 (in the middle) + 2 (on the outside) =7...like what your pattern says..
    If that is how you are figuring it, then Row 7 [dc, ch 1, 6 times, dc] this would be 8 double crochets for the shell, however, then when I go to row 8, I don't feel it comes out correctly.

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    1. Hi! The shells change about every other row and so does where you place the chain loops.If a shell says dc, ch1 4 times then dc. You would crochet dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1,dc, ch1, dc all in the same space. (5 total dc sts worked with a ch1 between them) Sometimes the sc, ch2, sc is worked in a ch1 space, and sometimes its worked as sc in ch1 sp, ch2, skip next dc, sc in next ch1sp. So you must closely work from the pattern for each row. It is an intermediate level because of this, but produces a really cute little dress. Hope this helps! Happy Crocheting!

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  107. Just beautiful. I just finished the dress for my great-granddaughter. Do you have a pattern for the cute shoes as well. Can't wait to make another dress. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! and I'm so glad you enjoyed the pattern! :) I do not have a pattern for the particular shoes everyone associates with the dress, there are 2, WildAboutColor on Ravelry did a watermelon pair and Positively Lace blog also did a pair that resemble ballerina slippers. I do have a few slipper patterns listed on both Ravelry and Craftsy. Here are those links. Hope that helps you track down the shoe pattern you are looking for. happy Crocheting! :) Sarah
      http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarahsweethearts

      http://www.craftsy.com/user/51058/pattern-store

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    2. Thank you for posting this! I have made this dress twice so far now and was wanting to make little booties to match. I also made a super cute pair of pants that mimics the shell pattern of the dress.

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  108. Hi Sarah,
    I made a few for family and friends and they all love it very much. I have a tone of people asking if they can buy it from me. Planning on opening up an Etsy account and I would like to get your permission to sale the finish product on Etsy.with the rest of my product.

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  110. Thank you so much for this lovely gown pattern. It was so perfect for my purposes, I featured it on my blog, as part of my Crochet for a Cause series. :-) This month we're focusing on Butterfly Babies. What a sweet memory for a grieving family. Thought you might like to see the post: http://bit.ly/1n9FMw9

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  111. Can you tell me the length of the pictured dress?????

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    1. Yes, the main photo dresses are approx. 13" from neckline center to bottom trim and the pastel green preemie dress measured about 10", all of these dresses were donated so I do not have them on hand to measure.

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  112. What a beautiful dress I shall be making one for a friends lil girl for when she makes an appearance in December. Thank you fro sharing this lil dress. x

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  113. Thanks for the beautiful pattern. Just got thru making one for my brand new granddaughter, who will arrive next month. Am posting my dress along with you as the designer on my fb page Free Patterns to get Hooked On. Come on over and check it out.

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    1. Ah! That's wonderful! and congratulations! :) I will surely check it out, thanks for letting me know!

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