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How Do I get the Free Knot Dress Pattern?
To receive the free pattern, visit the pattern page in my shop HERE. <<== click that link
Add the pattern to your cart and navigate through the checkout process. (Don’t worry, this pattern is free, no payment info is asked for.) After the check out process is complete you will see a button prompting you to download the pattern.
As long as you entered your email correctly, you will also receive an email with a link that downloads the pattern and directs you to the sewing instructions.
Products Used and Recommended in this Project:
- My favorite shops for fabric are Fabric.com, girl charlie, Etsy and Bluprint. (My fave for knits is Funkalicious Fabrics.)
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger
- Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen
- Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Knot Dress Sewing Instructions
Seam allowances are included and are 1/4 inch unless otherwise stated.
Step 1: Printing pattern and cutting out pattern pieces.
Download pattern to your pc, open with Adobe Acrobat Reader (not the pdf reader in chrome.) Select your pattern size, choose auto landscape/portrait, scaling at 100% or actual size and print.
I recommend first printing page 2 only and checking that the one-inch square printed at one inch. Once you have confirmed your printer settings you can print the entire pattern. (Don’t forget, this pattern has a paper-saving option. You can print just pages 1 to 3 and draw out the rectangular pattern pieces from the included cut charts.)
Assemble the pattern according to the image above, lining up the outer edges of the gray boxes and the colored, lettered circles. Tape together and then cut the pattern out.
Step 2: Cut out the Fabric Pieces
Transfer pattern markings and cut out pattern pieces. You will have:
- 4 bodice pieces (front and back and lining front and back)
- 2 skirt pieces
- 2 contrasting band pieces
- 2 strap pieces
- 1 apron piece
Tip: If you are low on fabric, don’t forget about the fabric saving skirt option I shared on the Knot Dress Pattern Info/tips page.
Step 3: Assembling the Bodice.
Line up the 2 main bodice pieces right sides together and the 2 bodice linings right sides together. Sew along the sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and press the seams open.
Fold the straps in half, longways, right sides together and sew along the long side and one of the short sides. Flip the straps right side out and press flat. Do both straps.
Slip the bodice lining (my lining is the brown fabric) over the bodice, right sides facing each other. Line them up and pin in place. Flip the bodice around so the backside is facing up.
Pull the bodice back piece and back lining piece apart and slide one of the straps in between the layers. The raw (un-sewn) side of the strap will go in first and line up with the raw edges of the top of the bodice, as shown below.
Line the strap up with the pattern markings (about 1/2 inch from the edge) and pin in place. Repeat for the 2nd strap.
Sew along the top edge of the bodice 1/4 inch from the edge, all the way around, front and back.
Snip the corner piece and cut little v’s into the curves of the arm, be careful not to snip into the seam.
Flip the bodice right side out and press the edges flat with your iron.
Topstitch around the entire top edge of the bodice, front and back.
Pull the bodice and bodice lining apart and press the edge of the lining up and to the inside 1/4 inch.
Step 4: Adding the Buttonholes
Create a 3/4 inch buttonhole according to your machine’s directions on the buttonhole pattern marking. (All machines are different – so be sure to practice your buttonholes first!) (The buttonhole placement is about 5/8 inch from the top and 3/4 from the edge and 3/4 inch long.
Repeat on the other side for a 2nd buttonhole.
Use your seam ripper to open the buttonhole. (Take care not to seam rip past the top of the buttonhole.)
Step 5: Assembling the skirt and apron.
Right sides together, sew the 2 skirt pieces together so you have one skirt piece. Do the same for the contrasting band. Press the seams flat.
Wrong sides together, fold the contrasting band in half longways and press.
Lay the skirt fabric out right side facing up and line up the raw edge of the contrasting band with the bottom of the skirt.
Sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and finish this edge with a serger, pinking shears or a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.
Press the seam of the contrasting band and skirt up. (for topstitching later)
Fold the skirt panel in half right sides together. Sew the skirt sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Finish the side seam(s) with your serger, sewing machine or pinking shears.
Turn the skirt right sides out and topstitch around the contrasting panel. The top stitch should catch the finished seam you pressed up.
Fold both side edges over 1/4 inch and press, then another 1/4 inch and press again. Sew along the edge.
Repeat the folding, pressing and sewing on the bottom edge of the apron.
Step 6: Gathering and putting the skirt, apron, and bodice together.
To gather the apron, change your sewing machine setting to the longest stitch length and sew a straight stitch across the top of the apron, 1/4 inch from the top edge.
Pull on the top thread and slide the fabric down the thread to gather the top of the apron. Keep pulling and gathering until the apron is about 6 to 8 inches wide. (My size 6, is gathered to 8 inches, you might want to go up/down about 1/2 inch per size.) Spread your gathers as evenly as possible.
Follow the same instructions to gather the top of the skirt. Keep gathering the skirt until it is the same width as the bottom of the bodice.
Fold the bodice in half to find the front center. Mark this spot with a pin or your fabric marker. Fold the apron in half and find the center mark as well and mark it.
Place the apron and bodice right sides together and line up the center marks and raw edges. Use a few pins to hold the apron in place.
To attach the skirt, line up the skirt seam(s) (center or sides) and raw edges with the right sides of the bodice and skirt together.
Start pinning the skirt to the bodice, sandwiching the apron in between.
Once you have pinned about half the skirt, you can flip the skirt and bodice around so the bodice is inside the skirt to make the pinning easier.
After you have pinned the skirt all the way around, be sure to go back and remove the pins you used to hold the apron in place.
Sew right along the gathered seam.
Remove all the pins and flip your dress inside out. The bodice lining you folded and ironed earlier will hide the gathered seam.
You have two options to secure the bodice lining in place, you can do a simple fell stitch or whip stitch by hand.
Or you can do what I do: Flip the dress right side out and with one hand inside the dress and the other hand outside the dress, I pin from the outside and use the other hand to make sure the pins are holding the lining in the right place.
Then topstitch around the bodice from the outside. This will usually catch all of the lining and sew it in place. If you miss anything, you can go back and hand stitch any missed spots.
This method works well. You can see, the only thing I missed was the folded edge in this small area.
Flip the dress right side out and admire your work… Adorable!!