Named Clothing – Ruska Knot dress

Ever since Named Clothing brought out their book ‘Breaking the Pattern’, I’ve wanted to make the Ruska Knot Dress. I’ve actually wanted to make just about everything in the book, but the Ruska knot dress was at the top of my list.

Image from Named’s website of their sample

The great thing about the book is that each design comes with several variations. The Ruska comes as a dress, knot dress, tunic and TShirt. You could potentially mix and match the different features. I always liked the knot dress the best. It’s a simple design but the knot front adds an interesting detail. It’s made from jersey so it’s super comfortable and it’s something that is very wearable!

Although all the patterns are included in the book to be traced, I downloaded the PDF from Named’s website and printed it out and stuck it together. I couldn’t face tracing the pattern as there are lots of pieces overlaying each other and there was a good chance I’d make mistakes! Click on this link and it’ll take you to where you can log in to download the PDF’s if you have a copy of the book.

The construction was actually quite easy as there are no fastenings. The trickiest part was sewing the ties. I found it hard to get the point on them perfect. I managed one side ok but the other side is questionable! I found the instructions to not be very clear at this point. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward sew. It’s basically a Tshirt style dress with another panel over the front which ties so your front top is two layers.

The front overlay

I made mine from a lovely lilac French terry from Sister Mintaka. It was a spur of the moment purchase. I’d been looking for some French terry for a while to make the dress but couldn’t decide on the colour. Then, I saw on Instagram that she had the lilac French terry in her sale, so I snapped up a couple of metres. Using French terry means that my dress is super comfy and warm. The downside is that due to the double front layers, it’s probably too warm for summer, even though it’s short sleeved. It also means the ties are a tiny bit too thick to tie neatly. This is a minor inconvenience that I could rectify in the future by drafting the tie a bit longer.

As usual, I made this dress on my sewing machine using a ballpoint needle and a zig zag stitch. I overlocked some of the seams to finish them but I decided to leave the sleeve edges raw. I’m lazy like that!

I cut a straight size 6 based on the size chart in the book. I think that’s the equivalent to a UK 14/16. As it’s jersey, the fit is pretty good with no alterations for me. The only thing to be aware of is with the front top being a double layer of thick material, it makes it feel tighter than a single layer probably would. You may want to size up if you want a looser fit.

I made this dress a month or so ago and it has had quite a bit of wear. It’s something that it very easy to wear, especially for work. It was a quick and easy make. If you’ve made a Tshirt or sweatshirt then this dress should be easy enough. I can see myself making more of these in the future.

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