The Top Knot Dress

I few weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing the Top Knot Dress. Although I love the Fishtail Kimono (and have the pattern) I haven’t made it yet, so Gabriela’s patterns were completely new to me. However, I must say that it was really a pleasure to test! Gabriela is a very nice person always willing to hear suggestions and to make the pattern as best as possible, taking a lot of care for every little detail.

The Top Knot offers two romper lengths, two dress lengths or tunic all with short or long sleeve, so it can be used all year long and is available in sizes 18/24 months up to 12 years.




For the test I made the skirt, knee length with short sleeves for F in size 6 for height with size 4 for width and I believe this is a pattern that looks much better (and is totally worth it) if adjusted to the child measurements. If you are don’t feel comfortable making adjustments to a pattern, don’t worry because the instructions for adjustments are very clear and helpful.




This was the first time I made a circle skirt, can you believe? Poor girls didn’t have a skirt that really twirls! 😉 Also only looking at the pictures I realised that the hem is a bit wonky! Need to work that the next time…



Nonetheless, I am very pleased with the dress! The fit is great and the pleats at the shoulders are adorable. The construction is ingenious in order to obtain a beautiful and neat inside! As you probably know by now, I really love that! 🙂



The fabric I used is an oxford bought by my sister at a Portuguese brand of children clothes that had a stock off which included the fabrics. The quality is great and the price was even better. 😉 To add some colour, I used some Liberty lawn for the cuffs, waistband and to cover the buttons.




For the next two days the Top Knot Romper will be available exclusively at UpCraft Club and then on the Chalk and Notch website and Etsy shop as well, also until Sunday, 22nd, the pattern will be on sale (25% off)!



Now, I can’t wait to make the romper version!

Have a great week! 🙂

6 thoughts on “The Top Knot Dress

  1. fairiesbubblesco

    Thank you so much Jenya. 🙂 This pattern is great and I thought a solid fabric would bring out the shoulders pleats but it also deserved some Liberty, so I used it in the details. 😉


  2. chalkandnotch

    Such a beautiful version, I feel honored when someone uses precious fabric on one of my patterns!! Thank you so much for the lovely review and it was such a pleasure to have you test! I look forward to working with you again soon!! XOXO


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Gabriela. 🙂 A pattern as good as this one deserved some nice fabric. 😉 I’m also looking forward to work with you again!


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