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.
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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
Dress sewing pattern – only available with issue 36, Simply Sewing magazine
UK 6 – 20, US 4 – 18, EUR 34 – 48
You will need
Dress A: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 3m (31⁄4 yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.8m (3yds) for all sizes
Dress B: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.5m (23⁄4 yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.2m (21⁄2 yds) for all sizes
- Contrast ruffle (optional): 15x160cm (6x63in)
- Invisible zip: 55cm (22in)
- Matching thread
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
Get the pattern
Get the pattern free with issue 36 in our online store.