Dream on Dress - Pattern Emporium

 Back again today with a simple but effective little number in the form of Pattern Emporium - Dream On Dress. 


I'm having a bit of a dalliance with Pattern Emporium at the moment and have bought and made several of their patterns lately. I think Australian patterns seem to suit my style and body shape!

If you haven't given them a go - at least have a peek at the website. The patterns are numerous and I love how all body shapes and sizes are shown in the pictures.

The best thing about Pattern Emporium that I've found so far is the sheer number of variations you get with each pattern - it's huge!

This particular Dream On Dress came with 4 different length options, 4 necklines and 7 sleeve options! That's a lot of skirt and dress combinations right there. (I want to say 224 but I feel that may be wildly incorrect...can anyone do the maths?!)

Oh yeah - and the instruction booklet is a photo illustrated masterpiece at 56 pages long. That is some serious value for money.

This version is the mid-neck, midi length, cap sleeve version. My measurements put me at a 16 and I think that's just fine!

The bodice is not a tight fitting top - it is supposed to be a bit breezy by the looks of the photos however you could size down for a more fitted bust and waist. I preferred mine belted to break it up a bit and cinch in my waist however it's incredibly comfortable without it aswell. 

The fabric is from the stash - some really cheap (£2.50pm) poly jersey from Pound Fabrics - I'm not usually a poly-wearer however this is so soft it's unreal. I wore it all day and didn't find it sticky, it feels like soft peach fuzz. It's an exact match for a dress I have from Simply Be so I wonder is it's deadstock.

 I like the length - makes a nice change from a maxi dress in this tiered style. There's a lovely sleeveless version that I would be keen to try out for summer too. 

The gathers were straight forward in so far that I used the shirring method (yes I pronounce it 'shearing' like sheep). A quick line of shirring around the top edge - pull it into position and pin - overlock the layers. Job done. No daft gathering with threads. 

I usually hem everything including knits, but actually this looked worse when I tried. So no hemming - sleeves and skirt hem are all raw. 

These are not my doggos - just visiting family :)

A lovely 'little' pattern (despite the vast array of versions available) and a definite one to re-make again. Could you make all available variations?! Dream On. 

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