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The Ava Knot Dress

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The Ava Knot Dress
sizes 6m-12m, 12m-18m, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12

This is a listing for a pdf pattern, not an actual dress.

Knot dresses are a fun addition to any girl's wardrobe! In this tutorial, the author gives step-by-step instructions with many color photos. All pattern pieces are included and can be printed from your home computer on regular 8 1/2"x11" paper and pieced together. Also included is a measurements chart if you prefer to cut your fabric using a rotary cutter and mat--the only thing you would need is the provided "quick pattern" to cut out the armholes!

Note: Instructions for how to make a button hole is not included in the pattern due to variations in sewing machines. You will need to consult your machine's owner's manual.

by j. briggs
on July 8th, 2014

This is a really nice pattern.

by Burrahm, Renee
on March 25th, 2014

Simple dress with a lot of sizes appropriate for a lot of sizes. Great for matching or coordinating especially with all the sizes included in this pattern .

by K. Clements
on August 25th, 2013

I have sewn this pattern twice now. The pattern is well-designed, and I like the fact that almost all of it can be cut with a rotary cutter/mat and ruler, as there is a handy dimensions chart (why tape together many pages to cut squares and rectangles if you don't want to?). I plan to use this multiple times, so I traced the armhole pattern onto template plastic and use my rotary cutter to cut those curves.

I would concur with mollyjane's review and suggest adding the buttonholes to the bodice front before even attaching the skirt. If you screw up the buttonholes at this point, you can easily recut two bodice fronts without much irritation. If you screw them up once everything is put together, you will require a time out and possibly adult beverages before you tackle the work of fixing it. (No, I didn't have to learn that the hard this time, anyway.)

I purchased this pattern because it was almost identical to a catalog photo my sister-in-law had showed me, of a dress she loved. I was really happy to find this and make her the dress she wanted. And the customer service was excellent - I emailed the designer with a question and got an answer within an hour. (Granted, I'm sure I simply got lucky to find her online, but I'm still impressed.) I have now made this twice, and I will definitely make it again in the future. Very cute pattern!

by Teapots
on August 20th, 2013

I have made 3 of these dresses already and they are so cute and simple to make, and I consider myself a beginner/intermediate sewer. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. In my opinion, the pattern runs a little small - I went up a size up after the first one because they were snug under the arms. I did have an issue keeping the apron centered when gathering the skirt part - this was the only tricky part for me. My only other comment is that the "original" apron dresses that I've seen have the buttonholes running horizontal instead of vertically like this pattern, and the bottom skirt border is doubled instead of hemmed - these are some minor changes I'll make next time I make this dress. It's adorable and we get compliments whenever the girls wear them.

by Combs, Whitney
on June 25th, 2013

This was an easy pattern! I am so impressed with this site - I'm a new sewist but have been able to follow ANYTHING on this site! Thanks for another success!

by Y. Rivera
on June 11th, 2013

Very easy to make. Love the pattern.

by m. evans
on June 8th, 2013

Great pattern!

by Silva, Tracy
on April 20th, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this pattern! It was easy to follow, easy to put together quickly and I love how you can personalize things with the options.

by Lambert, Tela
on February 12th, 2013

Love the pattern! It was super easy and turned out really good

by Haygood, Amber
on November 13th, 2012

really great pattern!!! Using it today!!

by KT
on November 8th, 2012

Love the bodice on this dress and have used it with other skirts also.

by Teamtori
on October 28th, 2012

Love this pattern and have made many versions of this dress. Thanks!

by Liedke, Kaleena
on October 15th, 2012

Adorable pattern and super fast to make! I didn't have enough of the main skirt fabric, so I pieced two fabrics together and still loved the outcome! I made the dress and matching Olivia's Ruffle Butt Pants in one evening!

by mollyjane
on October 13th, 2012

I've only been sewing for about a year, and I found this pattern to be very easy to follow. The instructions are thorough and specific, and the corresponding pictures are especially helpful. The outcome was a very cute dress that I'm giving to a friend at her baby shower.

I would only alter one thing and add the button holes earlier in the process. If you add the button holes as one of the last steps and you mess them up, you chance ruining your dress. After performing Step 3(h) (sewing the bodice pieces together at the top), I pressed the bodice pieces and then went to Step 5(d) and added the button holes to the bodice piece without the straps. Just remember to factor in a 1/2" seam allowance at the bottom for attaching the skirt.

The only difficulty I had was when I got to Step 5(a), my seams didn't quite line up, but I attributed this to user error and not the fault of the pattern. I made some adjustments and got everything to line up better.

I'm very pleased with the results, and I've already purchased fabric in a different color scheme to make a second dress for my friend's baby. I think this dress would look super cute with a colorful onesie underneath and leggins.

by Smith, Linda
on September 5th, 2012

The dress looks cute, but one of the reasons I love PDF style patterns, is that there is a cutting chart usually with the measurements listed out for big pieces - ie the skirt and band, etc. I don't want to have to print a bunch of pieces of paper to tape together. Please consider a cutting chart with more patterns.

Author's note: The pattern does include a cutting chart on page 4.

by Lookabill, Amy
on July 21st, 2012

This is a really great pattern! Super easy to make and very clear directions. Love it!

 

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-lightweight fabric (amounts given in file)
-fabric pen
-seam ripper
-scissors
-sewing machine
-thread
-iron
-pins
-measuring tape, ruler or rotary cutter and mat

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