This week we're trying the Summer Suit from the 1992 issue of Crochet World Summer Special. This one also uses Luster Sheen and while I don't have the Aquamarine color they suggest, I think the other blue I have will be just fine. The white is size 10 thread and I have plenty of that. They use two different size hooks in this pattern; size 7 steel hook for the white and size D for the blue sections. The other materials include 4 snap fasteners, four 4mm beads, and 18 inches of 3/8 satin ribbon.
The pattern has a gauge that I matched and it has stitch counts after most rows (YAY!) It starts with the skirt which is a very simple pattern that is open at the waist in the back for a snap. The blouse instructions are also easy to follow. The blouse is completely open in the back with three snaps for the closure. Adding the white edging was a little more difficult but still not terribly hard. I ended up tacking the collar down because even though it was done in the outside loop it didn't want to stay down. The hat was very simple and adds an extra panache to her outfit.
With the D hook this outfit went much quicker than the evening dress done in the same yarn, even with the extra accessory.
Here is Susan in my version of the Summer Suit
She kicked off her shoes because it's summer and it's hot. I didn't love the extra ribbons they had in their version. It seemed a little extra. Even though they give you directions to make your own ribbons I added a purchased one to her hat instead of trying to make one. She only has one bead on her top instead of three because I couldn't get them to line up right. Overall, this outfit is a little looser than the evening gown and easier to put on the doll.
Is the pattern easy to understand? Yes
If there is a gauge, could I match it? Yes
Does it look like the photo? Yes
Did it fit Susan? Yes
Did I enjoy making it? Yes
This one gets a 5 out of 5.
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.