Posted on Thursday the 12th April 2018 by Athina Kakou
This month for my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post I choose to make a pattern that I haven’t tried before, the Emma dress by Sew Over It. This pattern is available exclusively as part of their Online class ‘Intro to sewing with knits’, along with the adorable Alice top. The premise of the class is that you learn all about sewing with different kinds of knits by making these garments step by step with Lisa Comfort. Here’s a little peak at the pattern:
I had heard so many good reviews about the Emma dress and I was dying to make it for months. So when I saw this floral scuba fabric on Minerva Crafts, I knew it was a match made in heaven. Unfortunately this print has now sold out, but there are lots of other beautiful Scuba Fabrics in stock). The fabric has a lovely quality and unlike other scubas I’ve come across at, it’s not as bulky and thick, which makes it ideal for a pattern like Emma. It washed beautifully and it sewed up like a dream!
For my Emma dress I choose my usual Sew Over It size, a 10. The only change I made is that I omitted the back zip. The original version calls for an invisible zip at the back seam, but I could easily pull the dress over my head without it. I had also seen other reviews online where people did the same and I reckoned I wouldn’t have an issue.
My only regret is that I very stupidly cut out two pieces of the back bodice and the back skirt, forgetting that I wasn’t going to install a zip. I could have simply taken off the seam allowance and cut them on fold (remind me to never cut my fabric late at night again…). Because of that I had to sew two extra seams together, which wasn’t the end of the world, but what bothered me the most is that I interrupted the beautiful floral print on the back. Anyway, these things happen and I’ll have to live with it.
As for the overall construction, this dress was a very quick sew. There was nothing complicated about it and it is a pattern that I would recommend even to beginner sewists.
What I like most about the Emma dress is its versatility. I can easily style it up with heels for a fancier occasion or style it down with white sneakers and a denim jacket for a casual day out. It is comfortable to wear, so you feel like you are wearing secret pajamas, but also very beautiful, so you look put together!
I hope you liked my version!