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The Pseudo-Complicated Front Knot Dress

Added May 17, 2012

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






The dress was surprisingly simple to make. I wanted the border of the voile to form the neckline, so I chopped the front piece into two right in the middle at the knot. After that it was easy to lay the neckline of the bodice and the hemline of the skirt on the border.

While the embroidered border is very sweet, I’m concerned it might be a little too girly for me. I’m not much of a feathers-and-frills type of girl. I have the option of folding the scallopy bits in, to tone down the Girly Effect. Though that also ups the Cleavage Effect, and I do work in a conservative environment.

Which is the two evils is lesser – the Girly Effect, or the Cleavage Effect?

More construction details on how I turned a Tall pattern into a Petite one on my blog.

Material Notes

1.5 yards of cotton-blend lawn with a lovely embroidered hem.




Garment Type

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    Oct 4, 2013, 09.00 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Oh, gosh! This dress i Beautiful! I love this style and it is just perfect :-)

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    Jul 5, 2012, 03.57 AMby bethmaryharley

    Thank you so much for the great photos! I would never have managed to finish mine without them! And your dress is so pretty – I love the border! You rock!

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    May 23, 2012, 11.31 AMby puffling

    I love it. On the page that showed all the versions of the twist front dress, my eye went right to yours because of the use of the eyelet border. You’ve pushed me over the edge and forced me to buy this pattern too!

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      May 24, 2012, 02.57 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      You made my day :)

      Hoping you’ll make good use of the pattern – can’t wait to see your version!

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    May 21, 2012, 09.50 AMby monikapullerits

    Dont change anything! Way to go for matching borders for upper part :)

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      May 24, 2012, 02.56 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! The more I look at it, the more I’m lazy to change anything :)

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    May 19, 2012, 06.46 PMby marlalalalere

    I like your hair ;-)

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      May 19, 2012, 08.23 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      hehe thanks…I’m growing out my silly mushroom/bowl thing!

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    May 18, 2012, 03.20 PMby G-A-

    What a great idea to have used a border print (well, a border broderie in this case)! Very inspiring. I so want to make this dress…

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      May 19, 2012, 08.24 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Ah! so that’s what it’s called.

      Please do make one! It isn’t actually as advanced as Burda make out. Only 4 pattern pieces (I chose to complicate mine though)!

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    May 18, 2012, 01.07 PMby scuffsan

    I think you look lovely in this dress! It fits you very well and the fabric is perfect for this dress.

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    May 18, 2012, 04.11 AMby schnui

    WOW, this dress is so lovely. I really like how you have used the border of the broderie anglais on the neck line. Love it and you look great in it too.

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      May 19, 2012, 08.27 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      You’re always so sweet :)

      What are you sewing these days?

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      May 20, 2012, 12.16 AMby schnui

      I haven’t been sewing for weeks as I go to university part-time and I have had too many assignments. But I finish on Wednesday this coming week and I have lots of sewing planned. I have also been buying too much fabric and I really need to stop because I don’t think I need that many clothes. Do you have a fabric addiction like so many others on Burda Style???

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    May 18, 2012, 02.48 AMby Adriana Orozco

    I love this dress!!! and the way that you used the borders is just perfect…..also a very confortable piece!!! well done, as usuall!!

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      May 19, 2012, 08.27 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you for your kindness! It certainly is comfortable, especially for hot weather!

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    May 17, 2012, 11.03 PMby sophienissirios

    It looks great and I love the fabric you used :-)

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    May 17, 2012, 08.20 PMby merche

    Looks really pretty! Well done!

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    May 17, 2012, 06.45 PMby karenmjudge

    Gorgeous! It could not be more perfect. I have been trying to make this dress and it’s reeeeeeally low cut on me. Do you have any suggestions? I wonder if maybe I’m using too large a size? Thanks! Karen

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      May 19, 2012, 08.33 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Hi Karen!
      If the dress fits around the waist and chest (I’m referring to their circumference) the size should be correct.

      The beauty about the knot is that you can sort of ‘unfold’ it and arrange it how you like, so it really shouldn’t be very low cut. At work I use a brooch to pin the layers together over the chest, that helps.

      You could shorten the shoulder straps to bring the knot up, if you find it too low. Some other girls with bigger chests than mine have also found it helpful to take a wedge out of the bodice, so that it wraps round and sits nicely on the bust. Hope that helps!

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    May 17, 2012, 06.26 PMby pauline alice

    I love how you incorporated the border, the dress is so nice like this.

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      May 19, 2012, 08.35 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thanks so much! Sadly I can’t take all the credit – I vaguely remember seeing the border being used this way before!

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    May 17, 2012, 06.10 PMby SENEBO

    Your dress looks great and the hem complements the neck line really well giving the dress nice eye draw line. well done

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      May 19, 2012, 08.36 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! It was a very technical (and accurate!) way of expressing what I was trying to do!

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