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Tutorial: Knot Right Now Dress with a Reversible Apron

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Heidi Geren 

Knot Right Now with a Reversible Apron

Happy Thursday Little Lizard King fans! I love the classic knot dress. There are so many different things you can do to make it fancy or keep it simple. The Knot Right Now pattern includes so many ideas! The best thing about this pattern is that it can easily be layered for winter because the bodice has a few inches of ease. This also means that you may be able to get 2-3 years of wear out of the same dress! I layered mine over the Perfect Ten top.

Thanks so much Riley Blake Designs for providing fabric from their gorgeous new Heart and Soul line for this project. I absolutely love these florals!

Today I am going to show you how to do one of my favorite things - add a reversible apron to the Knot Right Now dress. This is super simple, quick, and easily changes up the look of the dress. The best part is that this is not limited to Knot Right Now; you can add a reversible apron to almost any Little Lizard King dress pattern! Follow these simple steps to learn how. I can’t wait to see what you create!

1. Measure across the front of your dress and decide how wide you want your apron to be. My dress is 11” wide, and I want my apron to be 8” wide.

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2. Cut two top bands. You will cut it however wide you want your apron +1” and 2” tall. I will cut my band 9”x2”.

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3. Measure from the bottom of the bodice down your skirt and decide how long you want your apron to be. I want my apron to be 8” long. 

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4. Cut your two apron pieces. If you want it to be reversible, cut your apron pieces from two different fabrics. Your width will be the width of your top band x 2, so mine will be 18” wide. Your length will be your desired length + 1”, so mine will be 9” long. 

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5. If you want any trims on the apron, sew those on now. Then, place the apron pieces RST and sew along the two short sides and the bottom with a 1/2” seam allowance. Clip corners,  turn right sides out, and press. Topstitch if desired. 

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6. Place the top band pieces RST and sew along the two short sides and the top with a 1/2” seam allowance. Clip corners, turn right sides out, and press. DO NOT topstich yet.

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7. Tuck the bottom of the top band under 1/2” and press. 

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8. Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the apron.

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9. Gather the apron to be the same width as the top band.

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10. Insert the apron into the top band 1/2” and topstitch around the entire top band with a 1/8” seam allowance. 

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11. Depending on the size of your dress, you will need two or three buttons. My dress is a size 12 months, so I will use two.  Sew two horizontal buttonholes on the top band. 

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12. Attach the buttons to the bottom of the bodice of the dress the same distance apart as your buttonholes are on the apron. Attach your apron.

Congrats! You’ve now made a reversible apron!