Ta Da! The Darcey Dress…

So I’ve finally finished the Darcey Dress from a pattern by Debbie Bliss! Hooray!

P1090565It’s been on my crochet hook since October (along with a few smaller crochet projects in between) and I’m really pleased with the end result 🙂 I think it’s a beautiful design.

Here I am on the beach wearing it!

P1090484It’s been very mild here for this time of year (after a brief cold snap last week) so I wasn’t as cold as you might think on a January day on an English beach!  Although I did dive into my down filled coat and warm sheepskin boots as soon as we’d finished taking the photos! My thoughts are with those in Eastern US – we’ve watched footage of the blizzards and tremendous snow fall on our news.


The dress was a joy to crochet and the yarn (Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply Merino Wool) was a delight to work with. I struggled with the tension initially, trying to match the pattern requirements, and ended up using a 4.5mm hook (the pattern suggested 3.5mm).


I’ve wanted to make it for sometime having bought the pattern book (Debbie Bliss Simply Crochet) a couple of years ago after seeing a completed version of the dress in a local yarn store. Now that I’m doing the International Diploma in Crochet, I need to submit a completed garment following a pattern – and this is it!

P1090554I’ll be posting it off to be assessed later this week. I really hope it passes the requirements! It’s been a time consuming project and I’d be disheartened it if didn’t pass.



So what to wear underneath it? I could make a simple slip but first I thought I would try and see if I could buy one off the shelf as this would save me time. Well I was very lucky- I walked into Marks and Spencer (a British store which amongst other things is famed for its lingerie) on Saturday with the crochet dress in my bag. I saw a slip, tried it on, and other than needing to shorten it a little, it was ready to go!




P1090583So I now have a lovely dress to wear once the weather warms up -I just need a special occasion to wear it to…

Thanks for looking at the dress with me.

Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂



  1. Looks fabulous! As long as you have the tension right, I’m sure it will pass. My first submission for a commercial pattern (a shawl) was rejected because my tension was way off! It was accepted as a project, just not for the requirement of following a printed pattern. But it sounds like you took care to get the tension right (even swapping hooks to do so), so I bet it gets the thumbs up! 😀

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  2. Oh gosh, the dress is absolutely fabulous! I’m really impressed you stuck with it! I haven’t attempted anything that time consuming quite yet, but you are really inspiring. I also had no idea there was a diploma in Crochet. Thanks for telling me (well, the world) about it.

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  3. What a stunning dress! And a great idea to go looking for a night dress underneath it. I always wanted to crochet a dress or top – but never knew what to wear under it. I’m not handy with a sewing machine at all… but never thought about something as simple as that!

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