Contemporary Cute~Knot Dress



Jo creates the most adorable clothes, like this dress,  for her girls.  She also takes fabulous pictures! Photography is another of her passions.

Often, Jo chooses contemporary patterns, always adding her own classic touches, like the hand embroidery on the apron.




On this dress, she added an especially unique and clever detail, a label made from the fabric selvage. This is an idea she gleaned from Pinterest.  CORRECTION:  Jo says it was a Flickr idea.


selvage tag

How cute is this?


Even with five children to love and nurture and 3 to homeschool,  Jo finds time  to teach sewing to her older daughter, 8 year old Joy, and a neighbor girl.  AND she sews  matching AG doll dresses for most of her creations!


contemporary cute doll dress


Wow!    She makes me tired.


knot back


I love this dress, the pattern, the fabric choices and the embroidery.  Joy looks absolutely precious wearing it.

Here is what Jo has to say about the dresses for Joy and her doll.

The embroidery is by hand.  The pattern I followed is called Summer Flowers by Sarah Jane Studios.  I added the windblown flowers and the “bit of earth” under her feet.  The dress pattern is Claire by Portobello Pixie.  I modified it to knot in the back, instead of the front, with a bigger, wider bow.
 I’ll tell you, I was an efficient seamstress on this one; I used every bit of fabric I had left.  There’s barely enough to make a little fabric flower for a hair decoration.  I had to wing the pattern on this one.  I borrowed the bodice from one of Genine’s patterns and then estimated all the rectangle pieces.  I think the apron is too short and the hem band is too wide and the straps are too narrow.  But Samantha likes it, and that’s what counts! 
Thanks for sharing this, Jo.  This garment is packed with inspiration for all of us.

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