It’s been a while since we last released a pattern and although lockdown has certainly had an effect on us all, it’s not stopped our creativity and our inspiration when it comes to designing sewing patterns! We’ve had this new one brewing for quite a while now and although we were unsure exactly how this year would pan out, we are delighted that we have been able to continue to sell our fabric online, gain loads of new followers and customers as a result, and be able to work on and release our latest dress pattern.
So without further ado, here is our latest lovely new girl – Florence!
She’s a classic sundress with an exciting extra feature – an open tie-back! Featuring a fitted bodice with princess seams and chunky straps, and a flared panelled skirt, Florence allows you to adjust your fit easily as the tie-back accommodates your bust, and an elasticated waist at the skirt back allows for comfortable ease too. Big patch pockets on the skirt give you plenty of space to keep your phone or your purse handy and make a fabulous design feature, like a throwback to those sundresses our mums wore in the seventies.
It’s designed to be made from cotton and medium weight fabrics that have some structure and body – Ankara or African wax is ideal as it holds the shape of the skirt perfectly, while also being soft enough and cool enough for a lined bodice. But you could always make it out of something a bit sturdier like a denim or a cotton duck or canvas, and then use a lightweight lawn for the lining of the bodice, which would also give you a fantastic contrast print opportunity.
The pattern also comes with an alternative skirt, giving you the option of making an autumn winter version in denim, corduroy or a heavyish twill, or you can make it in a lighter weight for the warmer months too. So Florence isn’t just a summery design, she is versatile enough to earn a place in your wardrobe for most of the year!
As always, you can see more of our pattern pictures on our Instagram account and see what other sewists have done with the design – you can search for them by using the hashtag #emporiaflorence and see all our other patterns under #emporia patterns – follow us on @emporia_patterns and for plenty of fabric inspiration, @emporiafabricandcraft.
If you would like to purchase Florence or any of our patterns, or browse our great range of dressmaking fabrics online, head to www.emporia-fabric.co.uk to see what we’ve got in stock.