Silk Noil Eme top hack

Recently the lovely Michelle from Matchpoint Fabric celebrated a birthday by having a sale and it was all the excuse I needed to order myself some of her silk noil fabric that I hadn’t been able to find closer to home! Although I’m pretty sure that I played a large part in her silk noil being currently sold out, I really would recommend keeping an eye out for when there’s some back in stock

StyleArc Eme Silk Noil Side

When the fabric arrived (very quickly from Canada), I had a chance to feel my first silk noil! It was warm-to-the-touch, delightfully nubbled and the colour was a gorgeous dusty pink, which conveniently matches in quite well with most of my other me-mades.

StyleArc Eme Silk Noil

I wanted to make this in to a cropped box top, which I could pair with high-waisted trousers, and after my success with the Eme Dress from StyleArc I decided that I would use the bodice piece and add a wide hem at the bottom. Of course, my ‘winging pattern hacking’ instead of drafting new pieces always gets quite out of hand so the insides definitely aren’t as gorgeous as the outsides, but I’ll be repeating this dress-as-a-top again soon!

StyleArc Eme Silk Noil My Body Model

I’ve got my sketching with my My Body Model App custom croquis down to a fine art now. By using the Adobe Photoshop Sketch App on my phone, I add the screenshot I took of my custom croquis and have even had the idea of taking pictures of my fabric laying flat, and then using that as the fill for what I’m planning on making (not shown above, but this sketch will give you a good idea of what I mean).

Sketching the items out makes sure that I’m not making separates that don’t pair with anything else that I have, and also ensures that what I’m planning will look like I’m imagining it will, before I cut in to my fabric!

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 24)

1. Peppermint Magazine x In The Folds Wrap Top

Size: up to 51 5/8″ Bust

2. Fabrics Store Sky Shirt Dress with Flap Pockets Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

3. Mood Piper Shorts

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

4 & 5. CK Patterns Coffee Break Maxi Skirt & Jacket

6. Fabrics Store Quin Patchwork Dress Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

7. Mood Rowan Dress

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

8. So Sew Easy High-Low Tshirt

Size: Up to XXL or 68.5″ hem

9. Fabrics Store Leena Linen Sleeve Dress

Size: up to size 30 or 58″ hip

10. Mood Thalia Blouse


Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

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