Emma blouse & dress

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Sizes: 32-50 (US 0 - 18).

Emma is an airy and flattering blouse and dress. She’s a caftan model with side slits, tie waistband and optional inseam pockets.

You can sew Emma with a round neckline or a V-neck, both versions are sewn with a neckband.

There are 5 sleeve variants: short hemmed, 3/4 hemmed or long hemmed. You can also choose a short sleeve sewn with a tulip cuff, or a wide 3/4 sleeve with elastic.

Emma has three lengths and can be sewn either as a blouse, a short dress, or a calf-length dress. This is such a versatile and comfortable pattern that you can use many times over. 

This PDF-pattern includes three pattern formats:

  • A4/letter size for home printing, 33 pages. Layered.
  • Projector file, layered.
  • A0 size for copy shop printing, 2 sheets. Non-layered.

The Sewing instructions are also included as a PDF-file, 29 pages.

PDF patterns are delivered instantly upon purchase to your e-mail address.

Fabric: The pattern is designed and tested for light- to medium weight knit fabrics with drape, and with approx. 20-50% stretch. We recommend viscose jersey, tencel jersey, modal jersey, bambu jersey and similar fabrics.

The fabric requirement below is an estimation for 150 cm (60”) wide fabrics, not preshrunk. We recommend you to add 20 cm (8”) extra if you’re purchasing new fabric for this project. Pockets are included.

Read the chart like this: For example “240 (190)” = 240 cm with the waistband cut according to the grainline to utilize its full length. 190 cm with the waistband cut in the other direction, horizontally, on 150 cm wide fabric (this means a shortened waistband in most sizes, but only marginally shorter in the smaller sizes).

Light-weight fusible interfacing with stretch (for example Vlieseline H609), to stabilise:
   - the neckline (round): approx. 30 cm wide and 20 cm high (12x8”)
   - the neckline (V-neck): approx. 30 cm wide and 28 cm high (12x11”)
   - shoulder seams: two strips that are approx. 8 cm wide and 1 cm high (3x3/8”)
   - pockets: four strips, approx. 2-3 cm wide and 18 cm high (1x7”)
   - hem: two strips, up to 100 cm wide and 2 cm high (40x1”) (for a calf-length dress in size 50). Must not be continuous strips

Approx. 1 cm (3/8”) wide elastic, only for the wide 3/4 sleeves with elastic. Approx. 60 cm (24”) in length.

Sewing machine needle: Don’t forget to use the right needle for your fabric, for knit fabrics a stretch needle is usually recommended.

Other useful materials: Coordinating thread, a safety pin, fabric marker, fabric scissors, needles/clips, tape measure.

Choose a size based on your body measurements: bust, waist and hip width. If all your measurements don’t point to the same size you may not need to mix sizes since Emma isn’t close-fitting. The blouse/dress has a generous fit and a lot of ease. If you still feel that you want to blend sizes, read our guide.

The pattern is designed for a woman who is 160-172 cm tall. If you’re taller or shorter you may need to lengthen/shorten the blouse/dress (Instructions are in the Sewing Instructions). B cup is assumed for all sizes.

Get creative with our pattern hacks (modifications) for Emma!

Also, don't miss our collection of pictures from the pattern test:

With the included Sewing Instructions you receive help from start to finish. It’s a solid and detailed description of each step in the making of this garment. It includes clear pictures, explanatory text and tips that will give the garment a professional look.

If you are new to some of the sewing techniques this is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your sewing skills. Consider our patterns your sewing school.

The tutorial also includes a size chart and a fabric requirements chart. Measurements are provided in both the metric and imperial system.