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Emma Sewing Pattern
$14.50 (or 1 credits)
This sewing pattern is for a gorgeous high neck dress with a loose, flared top that makes it maternity friendly. It has a fitted neckband and small straight keyhole at the back as well as the option of five different lengths and a sash to make it more fitted.
Instant download digital sewing pattern. Includes sizes Women’s 1-10 & Women’s Curvy 6C-15C.
Note – The pattern is modeled here in our Women’s sizing. When you purchase, you will receive both our Women’s 1-10 AND Women’s Curvy 6C-15C sizing (you get all the sizes).
- Five length options: top, tunic, knee, tea, and maxi
- Optional sash
- Optional lining
- Beginner friendly
- High neck
- Tiered ruffled skirt
- Keyhole back
- Packed with pro tips and expert advice
- Includes full size, print-at-home pattern pieces
- Includes step-by-step tutorial with photos
- Instant-download digital sewing pattern
- A woven fabric will give much more structure than a knit.
- A light weight woven such as a chiffon, taffeta, organza, or georgette will be billowy and floaty looking.
- A light to mid weight woven such as a silk, rayon, silk crepe, crepe de chine, or silk satin will drape and follow the contours of the body more.
- A woven with structure such as a linen, poly cotton, or quilting cotton won't drape or follow the contours of the body so it will give a boxier look and will change the shape of the armhole slightly. It will also fold rather than gather at the waist if you use the sash. This is a very particular look and more suited to children or anyone wanting a very structured looking top or dress.
- A knit or stretch fabric will drape more than a woven.
- A fabric with 4 way stretch (stretches in all directions) will give more drape than a 2 way stretch (only stretches in one direction). It will also swing and swish around your legs more.
- Light to medium weight stretch fabrics such as jersey, silk satin with elastine, or silk jersey with elastine will give a lovely drape and swing.
- Generally knit/stretch fabrics are heavier than wovens. You may find that you need to hem your garment slightly higher if it stretches out in length while wearing it.
- The Collar needs structure as it holds the weight of the garment (otherwise it will stretch and sag).
- If you use a medium weight woven, you do not need to interface it.
- If you use a light weight woven, or a knit/stretch for your main garment fabric, you will need to interface your Collar.
- Alternatively, the Collar is 'cut 2'. One is for the outside of the Collar; one is the Lining of the Collar. You could use your main garment fabric for the outside, and a Lining fabric with more structure for the inside.
- The Collar and Sash can be made either with the same fabric on both sides, or with main fabric on one side and a lining on the other. The Collar lining will be hidden in the final garment. The Sash lining will be visible.
- If your main fabric is sheer and you want to follow the lining option, you will also require lining for the top.
- If you are doing the top, you will follow the lining to the same top hemline. If you are doing the tunic, you will follow the lining to the same tunic hemline.
- If you are doing one of the dress lengths, the lining goes only to the tunic hemline. If you wish, you can add tiers of lining to your lining as you will to your dress so that your lining and dress remain the same length, however these are not included in the fabric requirements. Make sure to add additional fabric or these.
- Any lightweight lining fabric will work. The most common is a polyester lining, usually just called 'lining fabric' in stores.
- Collar fastenings - 2x snaps, or 2x small buttons (maximum 1cm/ 1/2 inch wide), or 2x Hook and Eye.
- Interfacing - You will need a small piece of iron on interfacing for the lining of your Collar piece. 1/4 yard will be more than sufficient. For medium weight woven fabrics, a light weight interfacing is best. However, if you are using a stretch or light weight woven fabric, use a heavier interfacing to give the Collar more structure/stiffness as it will be holding quite a bit of the weight of the garment.
- OPTIONAL Bias tape - If you are doing any of the dress lengths and following the sewing machine option and not using a serger/overlocker you will need bias tape to enclose the gathered hem where the tiers attach. You can either use store bought bias tape or make your own following the instructions in our free DIY Bias Tape Tutorial. You will need double fold bias tape that is 1/4 inch wide when finished. Or you can buy/make 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape and fold in half down its center line.
- Thread to match
- Sewing machine
- Pins or clips
- Tape measure or ruler
- Serger/Overlocker is optional but not required
How do PDF/ digital patterns work? Simply download, print, and sew. You’ll need a free Adobe Acrobat reader program and any home printer (or a nearby copy shop for A0 printing). Once you’ve printed the pieces, tape or glue them together. You’ll find an easy-to-follow how-to guide inside the pattern instructions, plus support in our Facebook group.
The trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want/ need.
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“Wow, this pattern is so easy but the results look amazing! I’m so pleased that I made it.”
Buy More Credits
Lisa Bond (verified owner) –
I found the pattern very easy to use and I love the fact that you can remove certain layers and just print your size. Genius! The size was spot on for me. I can see me using this pattern many times, using different fabrics and for different uses. Well done on another excellent PDF pattern.
Leanne Miller (verified owner) –
Having made the Emma a couple of times it was very easy to sew. The Emma is very easy to alter and adapt to your own personal style hence making this a great versatile pattern and very fashionable.
Kristin Rohde (verified owner) –
This pattern looks complex, but it is quite simple to complete! The instructions are very clear with detailed photographs to help every step of the way. I have now completed this pattern in both a tunic length and a dress length and I love them both! The dress is beautiful, fun, frilly and a sassy enough for date night! I plan to make many more!
Lacy Castleman (verified owner) –
Love this pattern! So fun and very versatile. I also love that it is easy enough to make in an afternoon!
Ellen Valarida (verified owner) –
Once I stopped overthinking the pattern it was a breeze to sew up!
Keeley Jones (verified owner) –
This dress is gorgeous! Love the length options and versatility in styling. It’s perfect for any occasion!
Shannon Tunks (verified owner) –
The Emma is a super quick and easy pattern to sew up and is definitely suitable for beginners! I had this dress sewn up in a couple of hours and I’m so excited to have a nice floaty, comfortable sun-dress for summer! And with so many different options, I can’t wait to make some more!!
Jennifer Anne Reeves (verified owner) –
This pattern is amazing. It’s great for a more advanced beginner who wants to begin to learn professional finishing techniques. It’s a gorgeous pattern that is super dressy, but also super comfortable. It’s gorgeous. It’s one of my favorite patterns.
Susan Ellerbrook (verified owner) –
This dress is SO fun! Relatively quick and easy to put it together and as always, the instructions and attention to detail are top notch!
Elyse Clarke (verified owner) –
I loved sewing up this top. Was really quick and perfect for us coming into summer. So many options too!
Jackie Henderson (verified owner) –
This is a great pattern that is so very versatile! Depending on your fabric, this could be a formal gown. Emma is so flowy and glamorous to wear! It would make a lovely bridesmaid gown as well!! Casual to Formal, multiple lengths…an excellent pattern to add to your collection!
Cordelia Henderson (verified owner) –
This is an amazing and flowy dress!! I felt that it was very flattering and feminine.
Amy Vickers (verified owner) –
I Love It! The Emma is one of the easiest woman’s pattern that I have made so far. I love that I do have the option for different lengths. I plan to make more tunics and maxis in the spring!
Anusha (verified owner) –
The most beautiful dress ever … the instructions and photos are brilliant as always with all your patterns . Even a novice in sewing can ace it with all the photos and instructions.
Laura Quach (verified owner) –
Great pattern, no alteration needed ! it’s perfect for summer !
AngieKyp (verified owner) –
The Emma Dress can be a great play dress or party dress. It is relatively easy to sew up and instructions help you to produce a nicely finished item of clothing that every girl and her mum would love in their wardrobes.
Kylie Ballantyne (verified owner) –
The Emma is a beautiful dress- and a beautiful sew!! Fabulous instructions make it easy to put together and it stars on any occasion!!
Hannah Goulter (verified owner) –
I loved this! I used chiffon and made a top version, it’s so lovely and floaty, also a very easy sew! Next thing to do is make a dress!
Beth Barton (verified owner) –
This pattern has incredibly simple construction, and there’s enough repetition in the maxi version to be a great way to practice finishing raw edges and sewing straight seams. Be careful not to use too heavy a fabric choice, as the entire weight of this dress will be hanging from the collar. I think this pattern is a great choice for practicing working with trickier fabrics!
Sabrina Ropp (verified owner) –
This is a beautiful pattern, and the resulting blouse is so professional and comfortable; great for summertime or cooler weather with a blazer or jacket.
Lim Boon Kuan (verified owner) –
fast happy sew. love how the dress turned out.
Lisa Lazenby (verified owner) –
If you ask my daughter the best thing I’ve ever made her, she would pick the Emma. The fullness of the skirt is amazing and we both just love the unique neckline and armholes. She feels pretty grown up in this dress. I look forward to making a tunic version for myself this summer!
Cara Girven (verified owner) –
Wonderful pattern! You can use this pattern to make a top, tunic, dress (knee or tea length), or maxi version of the Emma, all with or without a sash, and all are gorgeous! The instructions are clear and easy to follow with lots of pictures. You can join the designer’s Facebook page to get help at any time as well, which is great! The dress is flattering on lots of body shapes and sizes, and depending on the fabric you use, you can make it casual or super dressy. I made myself a beautiful top using a Cotton + Steel rayon, and I love it. I can’t wait to try a dress or maxi version next.
Casey-Marie Bray (verified owner) –
Gorgeous pattern that goes together without a hassle. Beautiful finishes produces a lovely finished product.
Heather Luben (verified owner) –
I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while. I love the modest and unique neckline of it, and the loose drape of the dress for a breezy feel, or with a belt to still be flattering and more fitted. I found a beautiful blue drapey fabric in my stash, not sure of the content, but I love how it works with the structured neckband and gathered dress. The one tier is perfect for me, as I prefer longer dresses but often trip up on the ones that go down to my ankles. I love the swish of it!