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Crochet and fabric soft soap dress

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I'm SO READY for spring!  I'm trying to "spring up" my house, starting with the bathroom.  Here's a soft soap cover I designed this weekend - I used the same fabric to make a tank cover and some towel trim.  I'll probably use the scraps for bows around my candles. 
 
SOFT SOAP DRESS
 
Scrap of fabric - 44" wide, 3 1/2"  to 4" long
Small amount of worsted weight yarn in coordinating color
Size G hook
 
BODICE:
Row 1:  Chain 21.  Join with slip stitch to form a ring. In third chain from hook, work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet to form first corner..  1 double crochet in each of next 4 chains.  In next chain work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet. This forms the second corner.  1 double crochet in each of next 4 chains.  In next chain 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.  This forms the third corner.  1 double crochet in each of next 4 chains.  In next chain 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.  This forms the last corner.  1 double crochet in each of last 4 chains.  Join with slip stitch to beginning double crochet. 
Row 2:Slip stitch in first 2 double crochets.  In chain space work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.  1 double crochet in each stitch across to next chain space.  In chain space work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet. 1 double crochet in each stitch across. In next chain space work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.  1 double crochet in each stitch across.  In last chain space work 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet.  1 double crochet in remaining stitches across.  Join with slip stitch to beginning double crochet.
Row 3:  Slip stitch over to chain space.  Now we start to "shape" the bodice so you need to fold your work and slip stitch this chain space to the next chain space. Chain 1 and turn.  Double crochet in each stitch across to next chain space. Slip stitch this chain space to the last chain space.  Double crochet in each remaining stitch across.  Join with slip stitch.  Fasten off.
 
NECK TRIM:
Join yarn in any stitch.  Single in 4 stitches, skip 1 stitch, around.  Join with slip stitch and fasten off.
 
BODICE TRIM:
Row 1: Join  yarn in any stitch.  Working in FRONT LOOPS ONLY FOR THIS ROW ONLY single crochet in each stitch around.  Join with slip stitch to beginning single crochet.
Row 2: In first stitch  2 half double crochet, chain 1, 2 half double crochet, skip next stitch, single crochet in next stitch, skip next stitch, around.  Join with slip stitch in beginning half double crochet.
Row 3:  Single crochet in each half double crochet and single stitch around.  IN EACH CHAIN SPACE work 1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet around.  Join with slip stitch to beginning single crochet.  Fasten off.
 
Now comes the fabric.  Fold fabric in half with wrong sides together.  On the SHORT SIDE (the two 4" ends that need to be joined to form a "ring" of fabric) poke holes about every 1/4 inch.  Single crochet this together.  You could of course sew this together, but I don't sew at all so this is how I join it!   Now turn your ring right side out and make holes along top and bottom edges, about every 1/4 inch or so.  Using same yarn as you made the bodice with, work 2 single crochet in each hole on one edge of your fabric.
 
JOINING: 
Now we have to do some math.  There should be 32 free loops on the wrong side of the bodice where you worked the row in front loops only.  Count your loops - if there are more or less it doesn't really matter as long as it will fit your soft soap dispenser, you just need to know how many there are.  Then count your stitches on your fabric edge.  Divide the number of stitches on your fabric by the number of loops.  This gives you the number of stitches you need in each loop to attach the fabric.  For example, I had to attach 5 stitches on my fabric to each 1 loop on my bodice - this gathers the fabric and gives it a full look.
 
Now, with wrong sides together, using the free loops on the wrong side of the bodice, join with single crochet, however many stitches you came up with to make it come out evenly. 
 
Turn dress right side out.  Make holes in the bottom edge of the fabric.  Join yarn in any hole.  In each hole work single crochet, chain 2, single crochet around.  Join with slip stitch and fasten off.  You're finished!
 
You can increase or decrease fabric width as needed - 44" makes a very full skirt.  You can dress up the bodice with ribbon, ribbon roses, beads, sequins, small appliques - just use your imagination.  I'm getting ready to raid my ribbon drawer!