The Esme Dress

Esme dress sold out

Get your glitz on with The Esme Dress sewing pattern: a 1960s-inspired frock for the party season with an on-trend ruffle waist detail, gathered skirt and two sleeve and skirt lengths. Let’s celebrate!

Put on your dancing shoes and get set for the party season with this issue’s The Esme Dress, a statement frock with an on-trend frill detail. This 1960s-inspired style can be made in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48) and is designed for light to medium-weight woven fabrics – think luxurious brocade, sparkly embellishments and bold prints.

We’ll talk you through how to sew it with step-by-step instructions for sewing a simple bodice with a round neckline, inserting sleeves and adding the ruffle waist detail and a gathered skirt.

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The Esme Dress ** SOLD OUT**

This dress sewing pattern was only available with issue 36, Simply Sewing magazine


UK 6 – 20, US 4 – 18, EUR 34 – 48

You will need

  • Fabric:
    Dress A: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 3m (314 yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.8m (3yds) for all sizes
    Dress B: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.5m (234 yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.2m (212 yds) for all sizes
  • Contrast ruffle (optional): 15x160cm (6x63in)
  • Invisible zip: 55cm (22in)
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton, chambray, jacquard and brocade.


  • Add a frill in contrast or matching fabric
  • Sew an invisible zip
  • Dress making essential skills: sew a simple bodice
  • Insert sleeves

Esme dress sewing pattern close up