Designing a Crochet Wedding Dress
I saw my first crochet wedding dress about 5 years ago. It was created with a variety of circular white motifs that had been joined together. The short crochet motifs were layered over a cute green vintage dress. It was unique and gorgeous. A few months ago I fell in love with the the thread crochet grown the intrepid bride crocheted on her commute to and from work. The best part of these crochet gowns is that they easily adapt from weddings to other special occasions. Crochet them in a different color, shorten the skirt, or line them with a bright color.
Tammy Hildebrand has designed an incredible lace crochet wedding gown for the Interweave Crochet Summer 2015 issue. I can see this dress at a lovely vintage wedding, but with the skirt shortened, it would make a trendy hi-low dress. Here is Tammy to tell us a little more about her design process—and check out her ideas for adapting the pattern!
Designing the Pineapple Sheath
All through my years of designing, I have often said "I work best under pressure" but the truth of the matter is that it is actually the only way I can work! When the opportunity came along to create a wedding gown, it was just absolutely perfect to my style of necessary panic. The design would begin just 2 weeks before the holidays, done in thread, designed as a wedding gown but including variables that would allow it to be worn for more casual events and a deadline of about 4 weeks. Perfect!
The design began with this simple little swatch and the idea just grew from there! When you begin a design, you have to have a lot of vision and be able to picture the design completed in your mind. This often keeps me awake at night and some of my best designs are created while in my pajamas lying in bed!
This wedding gown includes 9 panels in 5 different lengths with shaping at the bottom to form the train. But just think of the endless possibilities to create every day wear. You could create a dress or even just a skirt, using panels all in one length. Make it as long or as short as you'd like, include some shaping to give a little flare or skip the shaping for a smooth, straight look. Include the various lengths and the shaping but make the panels shorter to create a "hi-low-dress, which are so popular right now. I always like to photograph my designs as they progress for future reference. This picture lying flat before final assembly might help you to visual the many options.
And you certainly don't need to limit yourself to skirts and dresses! The panels would make a lovely shawl, lacy curtains or even a gorgeous afghan using a thicker yarn. Let this gown inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and experiment! You might just be surprised at what you are able to create! I am currently working on a project myself that was inspired by this design. It has given me so many ideas and I just can't stitch them up quick enough! I hope to be able to share some of the results with you soon! And as always, please share your photos with me! I love seeing what you come up with!
— Tammy Hildebrand
Check out Tammy's Pineapple Sheath pattern in the Interweave Crochet Summer 2015 issue.