So I’ve finally finished the Darcey Dress from a pattern by Debbie Bliss! Hooray!
It’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!
It’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!
I’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!
So 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… 🙂
So pretty and sure you will pass with flying colours!
Thank you so much – I hope so!
WOW 👏 Well done. What a beautiful dress, you are so talented. You look amazing.💜 Sheer bliss 💜
Thank you so much Sue, that’s really kind and encouraging of you 🙂
It looks amazing Eleanora. You should be so proud and you deserve to do well with it as a submission for your diploma. The colour and style suit you so well. Roll on the warmer weather!
Thank you so much! Really lovely of you to say 🙂
Your crochet is so even and neat ! And I love the colour ! What a beautiful dress 🙂
Thank you Marion! I was pleased with the colour too. Very kind words 🙂
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! 😀
I hope so! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂
It is beautiful – you have every reason to feel proud
Thank you very much 🙂
How beautiful!!! You’ll have to find occasions to wear it. Even if the occasion is “Wednesday” 😉
That’s so kind of you to say! Thank you! 🙂 x
Lovely dress. I’m sure it will pass.
Thank you Norma- fingers crossed! 🙂
This is so beautiful and a real work of art. It looks perfect to me so fingers crossed that it passes!
Fingers crossed indeed! Thanks so much 😊
Great job on that dress! It’s absolutely lovely. Here’s crossing my fingers that it will pass the assessment … I honestly think it should 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous. Suits you beautifully..
Thanks so much Natascha 🙂
Such a beautiful dress! my fingers are crossed for you that it passes the requirements for your diploma.
Thank you so much! 🙂
It’s just lovely. If I’d made this I would feel so chuffed with myself. Fabulous job! x
Thank you so much- very kind of you to say 🙂
Stunning! Wearing it would make any occasion a special occasion.
Thank you! 🙂
It is beautiful and it really suits you. I’m sure it doesn’t matter if you changed the hook size to get the tension right – that is what patterns tell you to do afterall
Absolutely Kay! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂
That is just so beautiful! I’m sure you will pass easily!
Thanks Sharon! Lets hope so 🙂 x
Lovely dress. Still think you’re brave on that beach, however mild the winter’s been.
Ha ha! You are right! Luckily there was no wind. Wouldn’t have considered it today- it’s been wet and windy despite still being mild! 🙂
What a lovely dress! Very nice job!!
Thank you very much for those kind words! 🙂
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.
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! It was time consuming but I did do little projects in between to keep me going. 🙂
I adore it! The shape, the lacy effect, the length, the colour…delightful! It will be on my aspirational to-do list forever! Great job.
Awww, thanks so much! It was on my to-do -list for ages! 🙂
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!
Thankyou so much for the compliments! It really was a fairly straightforward project and as you say, buying the underslip made it that much easier! 🙂
Thank you for sending the link, “WOW” it looks amazing, my fingers are itching to buy the wool to make the top I like xx