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Dots Invasion Dress

Added Jul 1, 2009

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






An inspiration for this dress came from the fabric itself: dots in all colors and sizes and borders in 3 different patters.

The dress is constructed from a lot of pieces – front and back skirt panels that flare, under-bust yokes, bust and neckline pieces and back top parts.

Depending on fabric’s ornament, this dress could look both casual and formal.

LAST EDIT: This dress was published on the cover of the Jul/July 2011 issue of the Sew News magazine, along with the article giving the detailed instructions on how to draft the same pattern yourself.

Material Notes

Cotton with border




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual

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    Feb 10, 2012, 06.00 AMby creativgirl

    Hi I LOVE this dress! But I just went to download the instructions (I got the pattern) and there aren’t any step by step instructions. Is that right? I’ve noticed that too with some of your other patterns….or is it my computer?

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    Feb 10, 2012, 05.59 AMby creativgirl

    Love this dress! But I just went to download the instructions and there isn’t any on the PDF. I noticed that for some of your other patterns too….Are there no step by step instructions? Or is it just my computer?

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    Nov 2, 2011, 02.50 PMby suribabe

    Your dress is stunning.. It deserved all the attention it got :)

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    Oct 24, 2011, 02.22 PMby ichigogirl

    Wow, I just stumbled upon the article mentioned above, and had to check that someone hadn’t copied your dress! It’s so pretty, and I think you should get all credits for it, glad to see you did! Here’s the article, published online: http://www.sewnews.com/articles/Pattern_Play__Halter_Dress

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      Oct 24, 2011, 02.28 PMby anajan

      Thanks! :-)
      This dress traveled around the world, became a professional photo model, appeared on the cover of the magazine, and is quite famous! Should I say – I still can’t believe it’s mine (well, actually – not anymore, I gave it to a friend)!

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      Oct 26, 2011, 09.45 AMby ichigogirl

      So cool, and you really deserve it!

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    Jun 6, 2011, 12.24 PMby toril

    Prvo me zbunilo što je tvoja haljina ista kao ova na naslovnici časopisa :D

    Lijepo, lijepo!

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      Jun 6, 2011, 12.25 PMby anajan

      Da, kopiraju me kako stignu ;)


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    May 24, 2011, 03.16 PMby neonnoir

    hi there, this is really lovely and I’d love to give it a try, but I try downloading the pattern but the pdf file I get only has one page with no instructions?

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      May 24, 2011, 04.43 PMby anajan

      Hi neonnoir, few people contacted me complaining they had problems with file download. I don’t know what seems to be the problem…
      Try downloading the pattern from my blog.

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    May 21, 2011, 07.29 AMby loulourosa

    this is a lovely dress, the fabric is super for this pattern.

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    Apr 27, 2011, 02.10 AMby Amor Allure

    Grea work and thansk for the pattern , I am about to print it..I canso use this ress this summer…..

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    Apr 26, 2011, 07.35 PMby shockoloco

    Masterpiece. One need to have a real talent to compose a dress using all the fabric’s patterns so that it finishes with a nice, harmonised piece of garment. Everything in this dress is like to be destined to be made. Anajan surely has an eye for it. :D Pattern downloaded? Definitely! ;)

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    Mar 30, 2011, 01.28 AMby Sandri

    I like this beautiful dress. I make it for my daughters¡¡

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    Mar 22, 2011, 12.54 AMby Timea Schmidt

    I have been searching for a maxi dress pattern forever!!!! This is just so uniquely beautiful. Love it! Thanks. I have to check out your other patterns too. I have been reading all nice things about your work:)

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    Nov 27, 2010, 04.06 PMby rabab-star

    Very nice.. Thank you for the pattern !

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    Nov 19, 2010, 11.42 AMby carlekoe

    Wow, not my style but it is really yours, you are great! Great sewing work, baby!!

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    Oct 8, 2010, 04.01 AMby dreamming

    I give you a full five for this lovely dress! And thank you for all free patterns~ you are pretty, kind and generous!

    peace be yours

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    Jun 23, 2010, 03.59 PMby pamlynch

    Hi, I finished making this dress last night and wore it today. I love it and a lady in the viallage shop stopped me to say she loved my dress. Thank you for the pattern.

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      Jun 23, 2010, 04.06 PMby anajan

      Hi there! I’m so glad to hear that, and you’re welcome! Please, post the pictures of your dress over here, I’d love to see it.

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      Jun 23, 2010, 07.33 PMby pamlynch

      I have posted my photos now and called the dress Colour Invasion Dress. Hope you like it.

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    Jun 11, 2010, 07.11 AMby tarasaintpete

    love this! but I’m not clear on the instructions on hoe to do the straps. I cut out two straps piece “2” as it said on the instructions but i just saw on the paper pattern it says x4. Do use the extra two as facings? hem the straps? help I’m stuck… thanks!

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      Jun 11, 2010, 07.17 AMby anajan

      Hi tarasaintpete, thanks for your comment. Yeah, you should cut the piece “2” four times – twice for the straps and twice for the facing.

      I’ve just looked at my instructions, and it says:
      2. Front neckline inset with straps – cut 2x
      Neckline facing – cut 2x

      Good luck with the dress, and please post it over here when you finish it!
      Best, Ana

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    Jan 29, 2010, 08.55 AMby 2005feline

    this is exactly the pattern i have been looking for! thanks anajan, i made your amc dress recently and really loved the finished article! and the pattern was easy to follow! thanks again! can’t wait to start this one… now just need to find the right fabric…

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      Jan 29, 2010, 10.49 AMby anajan

      Glad to hear that! I would love to see photos of the dress, could you please post them over here?
      The same stands for the Dots invasion dress, once you make it. Good luck!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 11.29 PMby manuela

    This is the evidence: First was the dress, then the folder ;-) I really like it!

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    Nov 24, 2009, 06.02 PMby Elen Leite

    Does this pattern has sewing margin??

    Tks ;)

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    Nov 24, 2009, 04.35 PMby Elen Leite

    What is the size of this pattern?

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      Nov 24, 2009, 04.38 PMby anajan

      38 for the top and 40 for the bottom part of the dress.

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    Sep 7, 2009, 02.46 AMby measure2cut1

    Very nice. I’m not so fond of all the polkadots, but I love the shape of it. I would deffinintly make this.

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    Aug 11, 2009, 09.15 PMby zahera

    thank u this dress is verry verry nice ,it’s really beautiful

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    Aug 11, 2009, 09.15 PMby zahera

    thank u this dress is verry verry nice ,it’s really beautiful

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    Aug 11, 2009, 08.47 AMby ladawna

    HELP! I’m sorry but I cannot find the pattern. The PDF file has no instructions, no pattern included. Where are you finding the pattern for this lovely dress?

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    Jul 27, 2009, 04.50 AMby olyaboieru

    Can you imagine? We have so similar dresses because of the print? I just saw yours! What a lovely dress! I like maxi dresses this season… Cool!

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    Jul 25, 2009, 01.00 AMby pinkbirdcouture

    This is a really nice design. It looks like it would be flattering to a lot of people. Thank you for offering it! It looks really beautiful on you, by the way.

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    Jul 20, 2009, 09.30 AMby ceci760

    this is so lovely!

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    Jul 13, 2009, 08.39 AMby lalunanueva

    divnadivnadivna! i haljina i materijal

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    Jul 9, 2009, 06.43 AMby ginkoblue


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    Jul 6, 2009, 02.52 AMby pepeljuga

    Ana , haljina je fenomenalna!!!!! Izbor boja je divan, kroj, sve! Ispasce da ti udeljujem komplimente za tvoje kreacije kao ovi sad Michaely Jacksony, ali zaboga sve sto uradis je naprosto fantasticno. Prosto imas smisla i brate rodjena si za masinu!!!Svaka cast , kapa dole!

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