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Added Aug 15, 2012

by laracrj

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So here is my first take on Burda’s knot front dress. I’ve seen so many versions of this dress that I thought I’d try my hand at it too. I’m dreaming of doing it in a geometric print to really highlight the knot. However, I was a bit nervous about spending lots of money on fabric for a pattern which is very different from those I usually make.

Sooo… I made one first in this VERY cheap floral poly cotton (£1.50 pm).

Now I know this dress is designed for tall people (one of which I am not!) so I had anticipated that I might need to shorten the pattern…Understatement of the year. I chopped 20 inches off the pattern and then hemmed it 6 inches further! I’m sure it must be a maxi dress although the pattern didn’t state that anywhere.

Apart from shortening the skirt I didn’t make any other alterations. I think this dress would have been pretty simple if I hadn’t tried to understand the instructions!! Sometimes my brain can’t process that formal tone :). As it was I decided against doing the back facing and just used the lining instead – I couldn’t see the point in both. Some things I did just do my own way anyway (hence the dress name!) I really like the finished dress, although I’m not best pleased with the unfinished edges around the knot. Oh and I forgot to add seam allowance to the pattern so I used 5mm seams all around and didn’t do an invisible zip in the hope of adding a bit of extra space. (Luckily the shape of the neckline means it’s not a tight fit anyway). I used a contrasting zip just for a bit of fun – I also did some top stitching in bright orange which hasn’t really come out in the photos.

Next time I make this I will a) use a geometric print, b) make a slightly fully skirt back, c) not follow the pattern instructions! d) use a much more flowy fabric as it does stick out a bit at the front

PS I will wear with a vest underneath usually – I felt rather exposed having these photos taken!

Material Notes

Cheap as chips floral poly cotton




Garment Type

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    Aug 18, 2012, 12.07 PMby Lidia Esther

    u r too adorable. instructions… make me cuckoo (sp) too, the dress is lovely.

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    Aug 16, 2012, 12.12 AMby schnui

    You have made a great job of this dress and I agree with, sometimes the instructions are more confusing than letting your brain work it out from the diagrams. That is usually how I work and when I made it, I did get the twist bit around the wrong way and had to unpick. Luckily it wasn’t that much of a mistake. I did over lock all edges before I sewed all the seams around the knot area as I used linen and knew it would fray when washed.

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      Aug 16, 2012, 08.18 AMby laracrj

      Yes I think I’ll do that next time, luckily this was the practice run (although I’m very pleased at how wearable it is!) Thanks for your comment!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 11.23 PMby jennyrecorder

    Lovely dress, the blue looks beautiful on you :)

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      Aug 16, 2012, 08.18 AMby laracrj

      Thank you! I’m a bit obsessed with blue, but this is a nice and bright version

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    Aug 15, 2012, 09.05 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab dress. great photos and fabric plus it’s lovely on you xx

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      Aug 16, 2012, 08.18 AMby laracrj


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