Adapting a Wedding Dress for Everyday Wear

Have you seen it? The gorgeous wedding dress we call the Pineapple Sheath by Tammy Hildebrand? It's in the Summer 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet. And it's stunning.
I love this dress. (Be sure to check out Tammy's blog on her design process as she created this dress.)

Now, if you're like me, you want to get this bit of loveliness into your life. But perhaps like me, you're not in need of a wedding dress.

So, I set about crocheting a skirt! Using the same Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 in Warm Teal and Coffee, I started   crocheting the pineapple panels.
As the panels piled up, I tagged each  with the number corresponding to the assembly diagram. (You don't need to do this, but it makes life easier, I think.)
I changed up the contrast a bit. Instead of a narrow contrasting border, I worked the first border in the main color, then joined the panels with the contrasting colors.
And here I'm attaching the final panel!

Here's the picture you don't see: I had just been merrily crocheting and joining and it wasn't until shortly after this that I discovered the skirt was ginormous.

Pro tip: Check your gauge!

I had to perform an emergency panel-ectomy. I ended up taking out two panels! So the back will not be as dramatically long as I'd like.

I'm furiously crocheting the waistband and border and drawstring (kind of all at once), because I want to wear this tomorrow!

I'll be back after a little vacay to tell you how I worked the waistband and border.

I can't wait to see how you fit this dress into your life!

Happy crocheting

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