Stylearc Eme Dress in Tencel

Eme from StyleArc in brick tencel

Stylearc’s Eme Dress is touted as the roundneck sister dress to their popular Adeline Dress (which I’ve made so many versions of)! Stylearc sent me a copy of the Eme multi-size printed pattern, but quite ironically I thought I’d sew a straight size 22 and I don’t think I’ll bother grading for my (inevitable) next version of this dress.

The illustration does a better job of highlighting the cocoon nature of the dress and also shows the 4 darts at the hem which give the dress the shaping.
While I often find Stylearc instructions to be incredibly brief and also frequently confusing, I’m pretty sure these instructions were the strangest ones I’ve dealt with yet. It wasn’t a huge problem because there was nothing particularly unusual about the construction of the dress, but I’m pretty certain they never actually told me to sew the bodice to the skirt. Fortunately, I worked that necessary step out myself. I also managed to attach the sleeve facing (although I’m not 100% certain it was how they intended I should attach them).

Also, I skipped adding the inseam pockets.

Eme from StyleArc in Tencel

This fabric is a kind of sandwashed tencel from Harald’s Warehouse, which I visited for the first time over the weekend. The store had some real treasures that aren’t so commonly found including quite a lot of tencel, wool gabardine, and So Much More. Although the pictures look a bit like a struggles with the tencel puckering, the tencel was in fact a dream to sew and what looks like puckering is actually just scrunching in various places.

Eme from StyleArc

Size Details: According to the StyleArc size chart my various bits range between their size 22 at the bust, through to size 26 at the hips. Since I had success with their Adeline dress in a straight size 22, no grading, I also made the Eme in size 22. This still gave the ‘sack’ look I was after, but avoided me needing to grade.

My verdict- stay tuned for more of these dresses. Maybe with some patch pockets added.

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 23)

1. Mood Cherry Jumpsuit

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

2. Fabrics Store Celine Pull On Jumpsuit

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

3. Named Jersey Knot Dress

Size: Up to US 18 or 48″ hip

4. Mood Cassia Skirt

Size: up to size 30 or 63″ hip

5. Fabrics Store Milou Color-Block Dress Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

6. Mood Poinsettia Dress

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

7. Bonnie and Blithe Alcoy Dress

Size: Up to a 4XL or 48″ hip

8. Fabrics Store Rhea Tiered Sundress With Shirred Back

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

9. Mood Dogwood Ensemble

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

10. Fabrics Store Jane Gathered Shirt Dress

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (Part 22)

1. Love Sewing Simple Sew Tania Top

Size: Up to size 22 or 51″ hip

Download the pattern here and then find the instructions for the top in this free E-Book

2. Love Sewing GBSB Japanese Top

Size: Up to size 20 or 49.5″ hip

Download the pattern here and then find the instructions for the top in this free E-Book

3. Love Sewing GBSB Drapey Dress

Size: Up to XL or 51″ Hip

Download the pattern here and then find the instructions for the top in this free E-Book

4. Fabrics Store Noor Wrap Dress Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

5. Mood Victoria Tee

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

6. Love Sewing GBSB Unisex Kimono

Size: Up to size 48 or 55.5″ hip

Download the pattern here and then find the instructions for the top in this free E-BookSize

7. Fabrics Store Marie Tunic Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

8. Mood Xeranthemum Dress

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

9. Love Sewing GBSB Jumpsuit

Size: Up to a size 20 or 49.5″ Hip

Download the pattern here and then find the instructions for the top in this free E-Book

10. Made to Sew Copen Top & Dress

Size: Up to a size “6” or 45″ hip

Cashmerette Montrose: Picnic Edition

Montrose Picnic top

I’m amassing a collection of hacked Cashmerette Montrose Tops for workwear since I can now easily cut-out and sew one of these in about half a day. I’ve added neckline facings, which cuts down enormously on the time (I find bias binding to be a huge bummer).

This Cotton Herringbone from The Fabric Store was bought specifically because I hoped it would go well with my orange wool pants from Alice Alexander Co, which are proving to be hard to match with my wardrobe of muted colours.

Montrose Picnic sketch

Since I’ve done more imaginary sewing than actual sewing lately, I sketched out what I hoped I might be able to do with this picnic-table-esque cotton using my croquis from My Body Model App. Since I bought the fabric online I wasn’t 100% sure it would go well with the pants in real life but fortunately the colours worked fine together.

Montrose Picnic hand stitching

Having an inner facing has given me the perfect space to attach my Kylie & The Machine labels, and you can see that my handstitching isn’t getting tidier, but you’ll have to take me word for it that I’m getting a good rhythm going!

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 21)

1. Adelica Plus Size Tunic Pattern

Size: Up to size 34 or 67″ hip

2. Fabrics Store Louise Pants

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

3. Atatac Cat Kaftan

Size: Up to a 50″ seat

4. Fabrics Store Asha Robe

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

5. Mood Sewing Ursi Ensemble

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

6. Lekala Custom Sized Sweatshirt Pattern

7. Fabrics Store Clara Peasant Blouse

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

8. Lekala Custom Size 6 Panel Skirt

9. Mood Sewing Avelia Bomber Jacket

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

10. Fabrics Store Jules Pleated Shorts

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip