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Short-Sleeve V-Neck Surplice Knot Dress

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Short-Sleeve V-Neck Surplice Knot Dress: This soft, wrinkle-resistant pullover dress has a faux wrap front, full sweep skirt and figure-flattering ruching detail at the waist.
  • Falls below the knee
  • Poly/spandex; poly lining
  • Machine wash
  • Imported
  • Lengths: (M) 41¼"; (Plus) 43½"
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Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-770-3387

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from TravelSmith are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 43 reviews)

August 30, 2019
"Love the dress. True fit."
By Peggy
San Anselmo, CA
August 05, 2019
"I returned this dress. It was bulky in the middle and did not drape well and too short for the style. Cute on a size 6 model but unflattering on a size 14. Considered reordering a 12 but still too short. Disappointed since the last Travel smith dresses I ordered years ago were perfect. Oh well. Returned another dress for same reasons. "
By Debra Lloyd
July 13, 2019
"Dress fit perfect and is great material. Great bargain price also. "
July 10, 2019
"Neck line to low and not secure, have to make a cover for modesty."
June 08, 2019
"The dress is too short waisted for me and I will have to send it back. Otherwise, I loved the quality and the colors."
By Chris
Pasadena, CA
April 23, 2019
"I bought this for an afternoon wedding & it was perfect. I bought the XL & it was a bit loose but not too loose. (I'm normally a size 16) I have a long torso (19" from shoulder to waist) and buying a dress is nearly impossible without it hitting above my waist. One reviewer mentioned that it was too long in the torso, so I thought I'd try it. Perfect! I'm 5' 11" & the length was just at the bottom of the knee. Only negative is that the material is too heavy to make this a perfect travel dress."
March 27, 2019
"So pretty and feminine. Fits well even though neckline a little low. I will just “tack” it a little more closed . Love it. Will pack well for travel."
By Joann Smith
Goshen, IN
January 30, 2019
"This dress fits nicely except that the V neck was too low and I found it hard to get off. Had to send it back."
January 23, 2019
"This dress is heavy, neckline plunges to low for the style. “Frumpy “"
By Tiiu VanWinckle
Kitchener, ON
December 09, 2018
"Ordered a 2x and it was a heavier fabric then I expected. Nothing to really look at just out of the package and thought that I made a mistake in purchasing. It looked better in the photo then what I pulled out of the package but once I put it on; it was a perfect fit and looked very smart. I thought it would have felt heavier on the body but it was very comfortable to wear,. One of those dresses you can roll up and throw in your suitcase and then just wear when you get to you desintation"
November 10, 2018
"I have this same dress in the other fabrics as well. I ordered a second one of this dress for our other home. Very comfortable. Wash, hang to dry. packs great."
By Karen
Orlando, FL
November 05, 2018
"Pretty but very heavy fabric. Not good for airline travel due to the weight. Fit was, well, awful: too long. too long at the waist. bunchy gathers at the waistline. I have returned it. Thank you, TravelSmith, for making returns easy!"
October 12, 2018
"As others have commented, there is a bit of a matronly look to this dress, but I "modernize" it with a blue jean jacket. I get lots of compliments and it's super comfortable. I took it to a seamstress to close the deep v-neck a bit and shorten it. The waist is a bit loose, but given that I have a little tummy, I don't mind it."
September 26, 2018
"I love the colors and the fact that it is two outfits in one. The fit is great and the length is perfect. This definitely a keeper! "
September 25, 2018
"Looks really awful in person and the fit was horribly off. The waist is loose and very unflattering. The print looks really different in person... looks like my grandma's dress. The hem hung oddly, like it was poorly sewn. Do NOT waste your time or money on this one."
September 16, 2018
"Travels very well with no wrinkles at all. I wash in cold water and dry on low medium dryer setting. No ironing at all. Trouble free and very comfortable. Great work dress for the office."
September 13, 2018
"The quality of the garment was fine, as was the fit, but the print, the style, the fabric.... it was matronly and I promptly returned it."
By Nancy Kaye Robert
Jenks, OK
August 27, 2018
"I love this dress, came back and bought one for my adult daughter too!!"
July 31, 2018
"The dress is really pretty, but I had to make some adjustments. The neckline is low and tends to pull apart. I had to tighten the wrap so there was less loose fabric and put a stitch to hold the front together. Someone with a bigger bust line, might not have the problems I did."
July 24, 2018
"I returned it. The fit and print were fine but the material reminded me of my mother-in-law's nylon floral dresses!"
June 22, 2018
"Great dress EXCEPT that the v-neck is loose and opens to expose your chest. Had to return."
May 29, 2018
"This dress fits well and should pack nicely. The neckline is lower than I like, so I took a stitch at the V to close it up a little. The bodice is lined, which makes it a bit more substantial than I like for summer, but it's nice for spring. It looks pretty with a white shrug form a cool day. I'm glad Travelsmith has started carrying items in size 4/XS."
May 19, 2018
"Nice dress but be prepared to have it altered before wearing as the neck line is exceedingly too low to wear anywhere"
May 10, 2018
"Very comfortable dress. The neckline IS low, so I added a tiny snap at a strategic spot. It does not wrinkle."
April 11, 2018
"Nice design but don't buy this dress you typically by petite sizing--this dress seems to run quite large. I did not like the heavy weight of the knit fabric. It is certainly not flimsy--but rather bulky and not at all light weight for ease of packing and travel. I've already returned the piece."
April 05, 2018
"I just hope this dress becomes available in a broader selection of patterns and materials (weights). It's very figure flattering, and I'd like to buy more than two!"
April 01, 2018
"Excellent dress. I bought the Navy Floral and it is perfect. The neckline is low; but I have a little bluebonnet pin that works."
March 27, 2018
"I liked the material and the color, but the dress had a strange cut at the waist and didn’t fit right. It probably runs large, but I was disappointed and decided to return it. "
By Florida Gal
Irlando, FL
March 27, 2018
"Terrible fit on me. Too much fabric around the waist and the bodice gaps open. Sent it back. Very expensive shipping both ways...😩. 1st order might be my last because of shipping costs. "
March 20, 2018
"Not enough details in the pictures. You do not see the back of the dress. Colors are brighter in catalogue than in real. How did I end up with a XL? Very disappointed. "
March 16, 2018
"This dress was too short at the hem length and too bulky around the waste. Sent it back."
March 07, 2018
"Very comfortable and fits perfectly. I know I will wear this dress a lot!"
March 06, 2018
"nice fit and feel. Hits at the knew so not too short. washes like a dream. "
By Patrice
New rochelle, NY
January 30, 2018
"The material had a nice feel but it was definitely to low in the front. Going to return this dress. I don’t want to be tugging at the front of the dress all day long. "
January 14, 2018
"This is a pretty dress and comfortable to wear.....that being said, the neckline is LOW.....I wear a lacy camisole under it so I can lean forward without being an exhibitionist!! It's a good travel dress that can go from business to dinner."
December 17, 2017
"Love this dress. Bought it and took it on a month long European trip. It packs and wears like a dream, not one wrinkle. But, beware, the neckline is exceptionally low and tends to gap. Either wear a camisole or bra with lace insert, otherwise you could be embarrassed. "
October 20, 2017
"Good all-purpose dress. Attractive, flattering, won’t wrinkle in a suitcase."
September 25, 2017
"Dress is not as blue as on picture - from far away almost more turquoise blue. I ordered an XL, but top is very large, must wear camisole underneath... Otherwise great dress. "
By Kelly
Fort Worth, TX
September 07, 2017
"Surprisingly attractive and comfortable! Fabric is heavy enough to provide coverage and drapes beautifully. If they offer this dress in other colors I will buy more."
September 05, 2017
"This is a very flattering dress. I purchased it specifically for a wedding, although it's a great day to evening dress too. I know I will get a lot of use out of this dress."
August 30, 2017
"Love this dress, great cut, material, etc. Unfortunately I ordered a 1 X and only need an XL - could not exchange it, since it was sold out. Please bring it back, it's so flattering!"
August 27, 2017
"Perfect dress! I am a plus-size shortgirl, and this dress is fabulous! Cut, fabric, length, sleeve width and length, nice print. Everything is great! I wore it with a black cami and black flats to a funeral and will wear this many, many times for work and social occasions. It is extremely comfortable and the fit is superb."
August 16, 2017
"Great dress! Love the fit and style, very flattering for an "hourglass" figure. Plan to start taking on my travels as it looks as if it will dress up nicely for an evening out."