Turning the yavanna vest from cozy wooly vest to swishy crochet summer dress.
I once received a comment about how (x) person didn’t make my patterns because they didn’t like the colors I chose. But I think the beauty of art is that you chose how you make it. You are free to adapt and create as you choose. A design is a possibility, make it yours.
That, my friends, is exactly what I did with the Yavanna vest, I turned it into a crochet summer dress. This idea has lived rent free in my head since November 2021 when I first released the vest with WEcrochet. I mean the Yavanna vest is technically a bodice, turning it into a dress was the next step, right?
Inspiration for this idea also came from looking at 15th Century Italian Renaissance gowns with their square necklines and empire like waists. Need I say, after I started my increases I noticed that it more closely resembled a 1950’s style dress.
True, it has a square neckline and not the favored scoop one but the waist from this dress is similar to the crochet one.
Note to self acquire a poofy underthing for maximum swish.
Since we are in March, I wanted to explore other fibers that would work with the Yavanna design but also with Spring/Summer weather. The color and consequently the yarn were a much easier choice than I anticipated.
I wanted to make another garment with the Bernat Softee baby cotton yarn I had in my stash. Technically, it wasn’t yarn anymore, it was a garment. Albeit one I didn’t really like to wear.
Anyway, the garment was made with approximately 2 skeins of said yarn. Hence, sourcing it, very important.
Luckily, Amazon can be a wondrous place and had the Granny Smith color I was in dire need of.
Construction of a crochet summer dress
But, I can already hear you saying, but you changed the yarn, so what did you alter pattern wise?
Very astute my crafty friend. Being a Cotton/Acrylic blend, the Bernat yarn just doesn’t have the same stretch, or drape.
However I did follow the Yavanna Vest construction closely. Which makes this crochet summer dress a top down construction.
Alterations for a crochet summer dress
To the Yavanna Vest Pattern:
- Went from a size 2 to a size 3.
- added an extra row of single crochet to the front straps
- left out the crab stitch border around the armhole, it would have been way too tight.
- on that note, I left out the crab stitch border from the bottom of the dress for obvious reasons.
- I didn’t bother blocking the garment.
Of course in order to go from bodice vest to crochet Summer Dress we need increases…
I decided to include a little waist detail by working 3 rows in single crochet before I started alternating single crochet and Linked Double Crochet rounds.
Note: Because I’m using Ldc stiches, I’m joining at the end of every round. If you choose to work with another stitch for the skirt you could work in continuous rounds.
- I started my single crochet border with 112 stitches.
- For the next round – *sc 3, inc; rep from * around = 140 sc. I chose to increase every 3 stitches because I wanted dramatic increases to create ripples, sort of how a full circle skirt falls. If you would like a less dramatic increase you could go with sc 7, inc. and sc in any remaining stitches.
- Then, sc round followed by a linked double crochet (Ldc) round.
- After I started alternating increase sc rounds with Ldc rounds. Even though the not all stitch counts were multiples of 5, I kept with the *sc3, inc and just sc in any remaining stitches.
I stopped increasing when I had 274 stitches. Yes, even I doubt my life choices at this point. Never the less, I persevered and with help from the crafting muse I completed the dress on the 8th of March!
To finish the dress, do two rounds of single crochet followed by a crab stitch round.
Other Useful Information
- Length from strap to hem = 34″
- Length of skirt portion = 19″
- Waist (measure flat) = 14.75″
- Width of hem (measure flat) = 42″
Yarn Usage: Bernat Softee Baby cotton 254 yds in 120g
- Repurposed garment = 2 skeins
- First Amazon purchase = 4 skeins
- Second Purchase – 2 skeins – only used 1.
- Yarn total = 7 skeins / 840g.
And there you have it, A vest turned dress. Incidentally, if you are interested in viewing this make I do have handy visuals.
Let me know some of your favorite pattern alterations!