|Pattern Description: |
The Emmaline dress is a beautiful floor length maxi with a ruffled halter neckline. One, two or three bottom ruffles are included for a dreamy look. The pattern features instructions on how to make your own bias tape and is full of sewing tip and full color pictures.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are not only easy to follow, but they are absolutely beautiful. The printed version of the pattern comes with a glossy, full-color booklet of instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
One thing that makes this pattern different from many is that the skirt and ruffle pieces are cut to dimensions, rather than via drafted/printed pattern pieces. I liked that these pieces were all rectangles rather than trying to add shaping to the dress from them. With this design, it is much simpler to have them be straight pieces and just measure them out.
One thing I would change was that the instructions have you create the back bodice, including elastic casings and adding elastic to them, then attaching skirt. It would have been much easier to create the elastic casings, attach the skirt, then add the elastic, since the elastic distorts the shape of the bodice and makes it fiddly to draw up the gathers to the correct skirt width.
100% cotton yarn-dyed gingham.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I made the size 5, so I have a few more sizes/a few more years to decide if I want to make another one. I might, since it's fairly easy to put together, but makes a rather dramatic impact.
Cute pattern and well-drafted. Perfectly girly, even in ordinary (and easily washed) fabrics.