Luscious Long Dresses

I have a lot of long dresses in my crochet pattern favourites.

They take time, although less than you’d think; the skirts are often just simple repeats that grow quickly in front of a good film. At this time of year the bonus is the draped blanket effect you get to keep you warm as you make them- cosy!

WonkyZebra 134 Striped Maxi Dress   WonkyZebra 134 Striped Maxi Dress
WZ134

This one has been my favourite and best seller since I opened the Etsy shop over 2 years ago. I had a few Môn Tricot books and this was in one. Luckily I kept it – I can’t believe I got rid of some – sigh.
SO unlike me. Heavy sigh.
The original photo is just a one long thin one… I had to make a square one for Etsy listing – at that time – and it is funny to see that almost everyone uses this image of it now, with the girl on one side. One lady did her own version but my version is now used all over the place; I was new to image manipulation then ( and am still learning ) but I would do a better job now than the blocks of picture ( if I had time) and wish I had known how to add my logo then 🙂

However it is great that it can be made again – it is such an obvious development from the granny square tops, but is the only one like it I have seen. Oh, and don’t get me started on granny square tank tops; so addictive – I have tons of patterns for them.

WonkyZebra 095 BoHo ZigZag Maxi Dress  WonkyZebra 095 BoHo ZigZag Maxi Dress   WZ095
Here is another early photo manipulated one; I spent ages metaphorically “laying a patio” over the body of the girl in the short dress to get a single image. ( Again, saving lots of work for all and sundry ) and I am not sure now why I was so intent on achieving that!

Both this and 134 work well made down from the bodice as well ; so I send another dress done like that with them to help adapt.
Here are some more of the long lovelies; first some everyday dresses – or patio dresses (love that name) a couple that can only be called kaftans and a long skirt for good measure.

WonkyZebra 183 Patio DressWZ183 WonkyZebra 183 Patio dress WZ183

WZ183 is another dress I have in 2 publications; I can’t decide which I like best – I guess it depends on the weather, but the black and white image definitely has the “styling” edge for me.

WonkyZebra 209 Maxi 2866  WZ209WonkyZebra 271 Crochet Maxi Dress 9010 WZ271

These are lacy… : Next two slightly chunkier..

WonkyZebra 284 Hostess Gown FK73 WZ284WonkyZebra 187 Green Kaftan  WZ187

and back to lace for this unusual bib topped skirt…

WonkyZebra 243 Skirt with Bib 3031  WZ243

Now for some evening dresses
WonkyZebra 146 black evening 2piece  WZ146  WonkyZebra 146 Black evening 2piece   WZ146
This is lovely but it is difficult to see that as the photo is very dark. It is a classic camisole top but with a useful “cover up “ deep “V” necked overtop. Good idea for versatility.

The next one is actually another skirt with a halter top.

WonkyZebra 379 Elegance Crochet Dress 5324  WZ379

WonkyZebra 389 Leisure and Day Dresses 5171  WZ389WonkyZebra 433 Crochet Micro Mini Dress C58  WZ433

Both long and short versions with these and the next three as well, plus they are day dresses too, but I have included them as they look gorgeous made long. ( I send the short and long versions of 389/433 whichever is purchased).

WonkyZebra 092 Dizzy Dress Image  WZ092WonkyZebra 092 Dizzy Dress WZ092A

I send a top version from another book with the divine 092. I adapted mine then found they had the same idea and published one in a later booklet! That old recycling thing they did then – as now 🙂

Here is a very “mod” variation – but the jabot is a bit OTT now, unless you are going for the full on period look.
WonkyZebra 192  WZ192  WonkyZebra 192
A seventies classic v neck halter dresses
WonkyZebra 241 Patons promise 170 romantic dress WZ241  WonkyZebra 241 Patons promise 170 romantic dress short

Some full on prom queen or party frocks

WonkyZebra 189 NewIdeas  WZ189 WonkyZebra 205 Lace Frock  WZ205

Plus of course some wedding dresses –but they would work as non nuptial dresses too…
WonkyZebra 244 Arch lace wedding dress  WZ244  WonkyZebra 175 StitchCraft Brides Dress Iiliac  WZ175

And a couple more of these in knitting
WonkyZebra 188 Knitted Wedding Dress  WZ188   WonkyZebra 307 Hooded Wedding Dress  WZ307

or fillet lace, all over rose motif for a really unusual look

WonkyZebra 429 White Rose Crochet Coat    WZ429  WonkyZebra 451 Net Maxi Dress  WZ451

This wedding or evening coat is gorgeous but I still can’t make my mind up about the dress, it is either fabulous… or a lot of work to look like you cut up mum’s best lace tablecloth. Hmmm , maybe not such a bad idea that…. (either way you need a perfect figure for it- or masses of self confidence).

plus
a wonderful cape to wear over any long dress…
WonkyZebra 320 Purple Cape   WZ320  WonkyZebra 320 Purple Cape
And some more fantasy dressing up robes for wafting about in looking lovely -whatever the reason.
WonkyZebra 391 Hooded Evening Coat   WZ391  WonkyZebra 391 Hooded Evening Coat

And the total fantasy style of this “wedding dress” from Vogue
WonkyZebra 174 Vogue boho wedding dress  WZ174

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About WonkyZebra

WonkyZebra and I have collected tons of patterns over the years. Before this was fashionable and the whole “vintage” thing happened, it was just considered to be a funny sort of hoarding; a bit “anorak” to use one of the slightly mocking terms us English specialise in. Now it is a wonderful source of lost treasure in the online textile universe; who would have guessed! It was quite a relief to find there are many others “out there” who appreciate a good pattern-and maybe even enjoy using them! I think it is a good thing anyone can get access to the designs instead of just those lucky enough to find them in gran’s workbox or charity shops. So, here we are with all our hoard, trying to make it all available as fast as we can…hooves don’t help much so it is down to me. I squeeze it in between actual crocheting, knitting, life, and other sundries. Vintage patterns; PDFs for sale at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
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