Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Emery Dress

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Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Emery Dress

Brand: Christine Haynes

Description: The Emery Dress has two views; both versions have a fitted bodice that is shaped with bust darts, waist darts in the front and the back, and darts at the back of the neck. The gathered skirt on both versions is a full a-line skirt that hits around the knee, and features in-seam pockets that are sewn into the waist so they aren’t flopping around under your skirt. Both versions have a fully lined bodice, invisible zipper up the center back seam and a fat 2″ hand sewn hem. View A has short set-in sleeves and a flat 1960’s style bow at the center waist. View B has 3/4 length set-in sleeves and a vintage-inspired flat pointed collar.

Format: Paper only for now (PDF to come!)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Techniques involved: Darts, invisible zipper, bodice lining, gathering, hand stitching and set-in sleeves.

Sizes: Sizes 0-18 (bust 33-47″ waist 23-37″)

Recommended Fabrics: Medium and lightweight wovens such as quilt weight cotton, cotton lawn, double gauze, shirtings

Price: $18.00

Customer Examples:

Anna from Paunnet (one of three gorgeous versions by Anna!)

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Your comment enters you to win a free Emery Dress pattern. Let’s talk cute dresses… Tell us about the cutest dress you’ve sewn, or what you’re looking for in the perfect dress pattern. Do you love a gathered skirt? A-line? Fitted bodice? Princess seams? What about fabrics? What sings to you in a dress?… Plaids? Linen? Sweet flowery cottons?…

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190 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Emery Dress

  1. Manouela says:

    I’ve made a super cute Truffle out of dusty pink crepe de chine with a satin dusty pink flounce. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, as I want a really good special occasion for it!

  2. Sally F. says:

    A fitted dress looks best on me!

  3. Suzie says:

    I have made the Cambie dress from Sewaholic 3 times now and I absolutely love it! I think it’s the sweetheart neckline and the clever way the sleeves attach that I love the most – oh, and how girl I always feel in a full gathered skirt! In fact, one of my versions was my wedding dress!

    I have only ever heard amazing things about the Emery dress and there have been so many versions on the web that are all so beautiful, it’s practically reached cult status! I think it’s about time I gave it a go, so I would LOVE to win a copy!

  4. Emily says:

    Love the lisette attache dress- princess seams, cap sleeved look without having to set in the sleeves, flared skirt.

  5. Constance says:

    My favourite summer dresses have a fitted bodice and an A line or full skirt and a maritime colour palette: comfy and stylish at the same time!

  6. Shannon P says:

    I love empire waists!

  7. Julie says:

    How can I not say “Sweet flowery cottons” after seeing that final image! Wow! Love this dress in so many ways.

  8. Elisha says:

    The perfect dress; gathered skirt, bold florals, pockets.

  9. Katie says:

    Love this one. I usually wear straighter skirts, but I really love full gathered skirts.

  10. Julia Floyd says:

    This could be!! I never made a dress for myself…:(

  11. Mandy says:

    I like versatile dresses that can be dressed up or down by just switching shoes and accessories.

  12. Caitlin T. says:

    I love dresses with a gathered waist and full skirt—they can be so flattering!

  13. Hari says:

    I love the Emery dress! Every version I’ve seen has looked lovely and fit perfectly. I’m hoping it will be my holy grail dress πŸ™‚

  14. Sarah says:

    My favorite dresses are made out of georgette, or some similarly flowing fabric. I like princess seams or gathered skirts, and I like my dresses long and old fashioned.

  15. Louise says:

    I love a shirtdress and am hoarding three different patterns so I can make ALL OF THE SHIRTDRESSES! heehee. I’m quite drawn to Swiss dot and chambray at the minute!

  16. Tasha says:

    Still havent found the perfect dress– i need something that hides my hips but shows off my waist…

  17. I definitely go for fit-and-flare dresses to accentuate my assets, lol. I like a somewhat billowy skirt to hide my rear. Typically I like pleated or gored skirts. I love the Emery because it would be great for fun prints since nit doesn’t break them up. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  18. ruby t says:

    Dress fits are hard for me as princess seams, not too fitted, and collars are nice.
    When I saw this dress, I squealed with delight as it was so cute and I think it would work for me.
    So many great variations for this pattern. Thanks

  19. Martha says:

    I LOVE this pattern, and my last name is Haynes, so, you know….

  20. MzTallulah says:

    I haven’t had the courage to make any dresses for myself yet, but would love to attempt something with a fitted bodice and a gathered skirt, just like the Emery – the only change I’d make is in the length, because I feel more confortable with below-the-knee skirts. I’d like to try it in a pretty cotton lawn, Anna’s version at the bottom of the post is lovely! Thank you for the giveaway.

  21. Diane Wespiser says:

    I would love to make the first version of this dress in anticipation of the fall, out of a chambray or super soft, light wt. corduroy . The 3/4 sleeves, collar and inset pockets are variations are ideal for me. Beautiful, flattering pattern!

  22. Melise says:

    The best dress I’ve made so far was for my niece and I had a lot of fun doing it because I made it from a picture book of hers and had to adapt several patterns to make it. But in the end it fitted beautifully and she was glad, plus her friends at school told her she looked like a princess!!!

  23. Lou Ann says:

    I would make the pattern with the 3/4 sleeves. Great for a ‘cool’ evening and also hides my 57 year old upper arms! Great design, I would make in a fabric similar to that shown I picture but with a different fabric for collar to make it standout.

  24. Melanie says:

    I would love to try this pattern, its so cute and versatile!

  25. Terry says:

    I love simple dresses that have the optional details, which then makes it uniquely your own. Peter Pan collars, pleating in sleeves, or adding an exposed zipper. This pattern could be made to look vintage-y or very classic. That’s what I look for, the simple, classic lines, with options.

  26. Dana says:

    Sweet dress with a flattering cut for many shapes and sizes. I’d love to try this out with cottons and then for the fall in some tropical weight wool.

  27. Macy says:

    That Peter Pan collar! Sooooo cute.

  28. Jennifer says:

    LOVE this dress! So cute, I definitely want to try it!

  29. asmita says:

    I just made a similar dress for my daughter, fitted bodice and flared skirt for my daughter from an oliver+s pattern. would love to have a dress matching hers!

  30. Bluejello says:

    My favorite dress is one that makes me feel like a little girl again where I can twirl around and feel pretty.

  31. Miet says:

    I like maxi dresses, in a soft flowing cotton.

  32. Catarina says:

    Like a lady!

  33. Helen says:

    My perfect dress would be a fitted bodice, boat neck and full-ish skirt. And it would have birds on it! I haven’t made it yet!

  34. marjolein says:

    i’m scared of fitted dresses, as i don’t have a standard body…. So usually go for stretch fabrics

  35. Catherine says:

    In the summer, I love princess seams and florals in lightweight fabrics.

  36. allie says:

    my ideal dress would be… just like the emery!

  37. Taryn B says:

    I haven’t found my perfect dress. πŸ™ My weight and body shape changes so often. I’m hoping that now that my health is stable, I’ll discover what my body actually looks like when it’s healthy, and I’ll be able to make some dresses! I’m thinking slightly flared, a-line would be good.

  38. Tomboy says:

    My perfect dress will have a fitted top and a more flowy bottom, but not over the top, A-line more than gathers. And of course, it will be a lightweight cotton with blue flowers. What else?

  39. Sarah says:

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway. I really want to try this pattern. Seen it a lot on blogs, and it looks so flattering- vintage, yet funky. Love the colour and the little bow πŸ™‚ x

  40. Annika says:

    so far I’ve only made 3 dresses for myself – all with Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress. I love to wear knit, but I really want to start fitting those wovens to my body…

  41. Catarina says:

    For me, give me a fitted bodice and full skirt anytime! Just like this one, imagine that… πŸ™‚

  42. Siobhan says:

    The perfect dress? Definitely a fitted bodice with a full, gathered skirt. A centre back zipper, because seriously how do people get in and out of dresses with side zips? It must be a dress zip as I bust invisible zips like there’s no tomorrow. Pockets, so I don’t have to shove my hankie down my bra. And cute short sleeves. So, I’m not picky at all!

  43. Mamie says:

    What a great idea this series is!
    My favorite dresses are fit and flare, but I made a lot of those so it’s hard to pick a favorite. The one I have in mind now has a gathered skirt and is made from a lovely Liberty fabric that features rows of books πŸ™‚
    I’ve been wanting to try the Emery forever!

  44. Laurie says:

    I’ve never made myself a dress but I would love to try- the ones they sell nowadays are always sleeveless and too short for my liking.

  45. Nita says:

    I think my favourite dress is the one I am wearing right now…a simple shift dress that is light and airy on this hot day.

  46. Jess says:

    There are a couple nice dresses I’ve sewn (the favorite would be the one that my brother told me that it made me look slimmer!), but I’m at a different place in life and it’s all about having pockets. So the basic requirements are a-line and pockets. The collar on this one is nice; I like collars but have never put them on a dress.

  47. Karrie Smith says:

    This is one of my favorite dress patterns! I would love to have a copy! This dress and the Washi dress are my favorite, although there are a ton of cute Indie dress patterns I love

  48. Karen says:

    I think my favorite dress I’ve made thus far is a great maxi made from a Jersey Knit fabric, so fun and a great way to challenge my skills from wovens. This pattern, would be a great summer to Fall transition dress!

  49. Amanda says:

    Ooh I love the Emery dress so much! I find that dresses cinched at the waist with a flair skirt are most flattering on me, and also the most fun to wear. I’ve seen some gorgeous versions of this dress out there, and would love to win a copy of the pattern to make one myself!! Thanks for the opportunity! πŸ™‚

  50. cecillia says:

    I’ve made some cute lady skaters. I would love to find a great fitted woven pattern for a dress! I’ve heard so many great things about the Emery I would love to try it!

  51. cindy says:

    So far every emery I’ve seen has been cute. I’d love to try this pattern. The cutest dress I’ve ever made is my Peggy Wood knockoff dress. It was a labor of love to drape the 50s dress and then hand sew all of the interfacing.

  52. sangeetha says:

    I love dresses in light weight cotton (lined), with sleeves typically and slightly flared

  53. Shorella says:

    I’d love to sew the Emery Dress – short sleeve version, Peter Pan-collar is a must. I’d prefer a leather belt instead of the waist bow, but I really like the fit-and-flare-look of the Emery Dress, and bookmarked all of Roisin’s colorful versions πŸ˜‰
    And if I don’t win, I hope that Christine will publish her pdf-version very soon for easy availability.

  54. Melwyk says:

    A nice fit and flare like the Emery is pretty flattering, I think — I love dresses and wear them as much as possible — great chance to use fab fabrics!

  55. Cristi H says:

    I love view B in the grey fabric. It looks like it might be a knit and it drapes so softly and is very flattering.

  56. maria says:

    I like a pattern that is slimming and flattering. I would make a summer version and love the cute Peter Pan collar.

  57. Kairi says:

    The first (or second, my memory fails me) dress I ever made was from a pattern and fabric gifted to me. Very fancy black evening dress, probably Simplicity, fully lined, long and slim, with princess seams and straps that crossed at the back. I needed a fancy dress for an event, and it never even crossed my mind that I couldn’t do it. Huge success, and I wore it proudly. The trouble is, it was about 20 years ago, and in the meantime I’ve acquired some curves and jiggly bits, so sadly it doesn’t fit me any more. Maybe I should try and find the pattern, and make it again…

  58. Barbara says:

    I like dresses with fitted bodices. My favorite fabrics are either cotton or linen. Lately, I have been making dresses in solid colors, adding just a touch of contrasting color at the neckline or the hem. Next I would like to try a simple dress with fun pockets.

  59. Tina Luwig says:

    This pattern is so much like the dresses my mother made for me back in the sixties and seventies. I would love to make one in the size I am now for myself.

  60. Denise says:

    Cute! I’d make it 10″ longer. My mid-50’s legs don’t need to be showcased, but the dress is really sweet!

  61. Judi B in VA says:

    Love this pattern. Dress with pockets and cute retro collar gets my vote!

  62. Joy says:

    Oh dresses, at the moment my main concern is being able to nurse in it. Not easy to find that on the mass market.

  63. Mama Lusco says:

    My favorite dress for myself is the Angie from Sisboom. Easy and comfy!

  64. Jenny says:

    My favorite dress I’ve made to date is my Ice Cream Cone dress. I used Simplicity 1803. I tend to pull it out of my closet on stressful weeks. It has a tendency to lighten the mood πŸ™‚

  65. Nancy says:

    Cute cute cute!!!

  66. Piarve says:

    The cutest dress I’ve sewn was a strapless floral dress with a circular skirt, and the back was black. For some reason I felt like a Disney princess in it, it was one of my first dress and I spent ages just twirling around in it and watching the skirt rise (you can imagine how dizzy I was). When I look back at it, it is not the best dress in terms of sewing quality (I used two different patterns to make it), but at the time it was a great achievement, one day I might just remake is and compare my skills.

    All I look for in a pattern is flexibility. I want to make the different garments advertised and them some.


  67. Bonnie says:

    Dolly Clackett has made so many cute versions of this dress! I haven’t sewn any adult size dresses yet but would love to try! I think the skirt part matters most…not too tight, not too twirly, right height.

  68. Laura Jean says:

    This dress hits my all time favorite notes, Peter Pan collar, fitted bodice, pockets and a paper pattern. Plus, now that I’m down 100#, I need to build a brand new wardrobe.

  69. carriem says:

    I’m always kind of looking for an empire waist!

  70. Carmen N says:

    I like fitted bodices and fun prints

  71. Jen says:

    I love any dress in linen these days!

  72. Sheri says:

    I love, love, love this pattern.

  73. krystina says:

    Another great dress I hadn’t seen before! My ideal dress would have a fitted waist and an A-line or pencil skirt. Hard to find, so many gathered skirt patterns out there!

  74. My favorite dress so far is a red and white polkadot dress using New Look 0909. It’s so cute!

  75. Roxanne says:

    My personnal favorite is a nice fitted shirtdress (the kind that buttons-up on top, but has a gathered skirt on the bottom with a zipper so you can actually put it on). They look like a pain to make (button holes, plackets AND a zipper!) but they are so cute!

  76. Brooke says:

    This is the cutest dress. I’m still trying to gain enough courage to try a dress with a closure. This one looks right up my alley.

    Pick me, random number generator. I’m your gal!

  77. Judy says:

    What a cute dress! I like pattterns like this that by changing a few details like the sleeves or different fabric make it look like a totally differrent dress.

  78. Samina says:

    I have a lovely yardage of lawn cotton that I’d love to make up in this pattern.

  79. Raina DelRio says:

    I love a fitted bodice with a gathered skirt. I have hips, so I love anything that conceals them but still makes me feel pretty.

  80. S Carpenter says:

    Cutest dress I’ve made had a gathered bodice and full, pleated skirt in a linen blend. I love a dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt. It’s the most flattering shape for my figure, and there’s plenty of room for pockets without having to find matching trousers!

  81. Theresa says:

    This is just what I’ve been wanting to make! How did you know? Clever little monkeys….now, how to bribe a random number generator……

  82. anna gerard says:

    I have yet to sew a dress! But i love the fitted bodice and vintage feel to the emery!

  83. craftytammie says:

    I love chambray for dresses and this one is super cute!

  84. Holly says:

    I have not sewn myself a dress yet, but I like a fitted bodice and gathered skirt. Fabrics…something that flows and is a print. I like contrast with binding in little areas, and I love Peter Pan collars. I think I like the version on the right best because of the collar. Thanks for this giveaway and intro to a new pattern maker.

  85. Jolien says:

    I love fitted bodices & princess seams. Skirts are all good, a-line or full circle, pretty! Working on making my own dresses, but I’m slow, so far I’ve only made a Billie Jean, pattern by Blue Ginger Doll.

  86. Audrey says:

    I love a gathered skirt, and the Peter Pan collar is great!

  87. Jo J says:

    I have difficulty with dresses because of my apple shaped body. A line styles suit me better, but can sometimes look like tents. I don’t regularly sew very fitted styles for myself, but enjoy making them for other with a body that suits that style.

  88. Roxanne says:

    I have a vintage (1950’s) shirt waist dress made from a beautiful white cotton voile fabric. If I ever came across a similar enough pattern I’d make a thousand knock-offs in all sorts of fabrics.

  89. Becky says:

    I love big bold floral dresses and fitted bodices. I think the collar on this dress is quite fun.

  90. Siobhan says:

    In my fantasy lifestyle I would wear foxy and fitted vintage dresses every day, in reality I wear soemthing a little more elaxed and comfortable, just like the Emery dress. I love Paunnets version with the contrast Peter Pan collar, just gorgeous! I’d love to add Emery to my wardrobe πŸ™‚

  91. Kim says:

    My cutest dress is my deer and doe belladone! I’m dying to try Emery though, love the Peter Pan collar!

  92. Tas says:

    I have still yet to sew myself the perfect dress. But vintage style prints or old fashioned floral prints are the start. I already have a huge pile of dresses to sew myself but there’s always room for another gorgeous one πŸ˜‰

  93. Kat H says:

    I’m all about fitted bodices and flared skirts. They suit my shape, and they’re super easy to wear and walk and run and play in. πŸ™‚

    (And, the Emery pattern fits those criteria perfectly!)

  94. nicola says:

    Great giveaway. I would love to try this pattern. I have only.recently started sewing and haven’t made a dress for myself yet (only for children). I love the fitted bodice and gathered skirt style of this pattern. I think it could be flattering in a fun print.

  95. Dee says:

    I love a fitted bodice and a very full skirt without too much bulk at the waist. I like fabric with some stretch for wearing comfort.

  96. Emma Hobbs says:

    Such a pretty dress, I love the floral version by Paunnet! Would love to try this one! Xx

  97. MeryeBeth Albert says:

    I haven’t made anything since I ran up a Marilyn dress in red silk last summer, but this pattern looks like something I could have some fun with!

  98. Debra Esper says:

    My favorite dress that I made was when I was pregnant. I’m just starting to sew clothing for myself again after many years. Square neckline please.

  99. DΓΆrthe says:

    I love linen dresses and flowery cotton dresses for summer.
    My favourite dress that I have made for myself is a dark red floral dress with a fitted bodice, a fuller skirt and a button facing. I would love to try the Emery Dress.

  100. sarah says:

    so far i have only made one dress for myself and that is the staple dress. which is cute but may require some accessorizing. i am currently in love with the wee wandering fabric and would love to make a dress in this.

  101. Lynda says:

    I’m learning to sew and have made some cute dresses for a 6yr old but would now love to make the 3/4 sleeved Emery for myself.

  102. Shannon says:

    I would love a boat neck princess seamed dress with pockets! Thanks for the chance to win the cute Emery πŸ™‚

  103. E. Johnson says:

    I just really want something that’s going to fit my body the right way and be appropriate for work. I’m a curvaceous school teacher and it’s so hard finding things that flatter without flaunting!

  104. Susan says:

    The cutest dress I ever made was a navy/white print dress with an empire waist. It coordinated with a navy coat. I made it for Easter when I was in college – years ago. Although I am older, I am somewhat vertically challenged (short) and I often still have to shorten the skirt patterns. I like sleeves in bodices.

  105. Elaina says:

    A fitted bodice with a gathered skirt do it for me.

  106. MelodyJ says:

    Sweet dress pattern.

  107. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    Love the look of this dress. Classic and modern at the sametime. I love the collar and three quarter sleeves in the first photo.

  108. I made the crepe dress from Collette’s Patterns. So lovely!

  109. kristin says:

    the cutest dress i made myself was a scoop neck washi dress in a great abstract print from Britex. thanks so much for this giveaway, looks like a great pattern!

  110. Liz says:

    My favourite dress that I have made so far is Deer & Doe’s Belladone, cute back detail, skirt not too full and made in a floral. I have made it 4 times now πŸ™‚
    I do like the versions of the Emery I have seen in the blogosphere and would love to give it a go.

  111. Patricia in PA says:

    The cutest dress I ever made was one I made my own pattern for! I traced the bodice using another dress I love, then just winged an a-line, gathered skirt. It was fun, but ready to try a proper pattern now! Thanks for the chance, fingers crossed…

  112. Kimberly F says:

    I love a dress with a circle skirt!

  113. Andrea S. says:

    I love fitted bodices with fuller skirts. For summer, I love to sew with voile. This dress would be great in voile since the pattern is fully lined.

  114. Gina says:

    My favorite type of dress would have some sort of pleats or pintucks or gathers. But a slight a-line shirtdress would be cute as well. I love florals as well as a good solid colored chambray or linen. They have to be below the knee for me so would have to adjust the pattern,but otherwise very cute-love the peter pan collar!

  115. Lori Kramer says:

    I wrote a post!! Didn’t work. Love the version with the peter pan collar, especially with a print and dark collar as shown in the dress featured on Paunet. I love the Darling Ranges pattern and those by Deer& Doe. They are all lined up and waiting. My cutest was a maxi sheer in a sea turtle ink and soft blues pattern. I made it with butterfly type sleeves and an empire waist drawstring for a trip to Hawaii. I received the most complements of anything I’ve made for myself.

  116. Amber says:

    My favorite has been a corduroy mccalls dress with princess seams. Unfortunately it turned out too big but it is so cute! I like patterns with good instructions and lots of options for personalization.

  117. Lori Kramer says:

    I would have to try both. My favorite is the dress featured on the Planet blog but then I always love this sewist’s work!!
    And wish for something similar. I do love the sweet bow waist and think a retro or gingham would be fun for this version!!
    I’m loving this series by the way!! Sara’s Sew Sweetness is also a
    regular read for me!!

  118. Melanie C says:

    I’m usually a quilter, but am starting to add garment sewing. Love this pattern…. It would be my first dress!

  119. Sewsarahblog says:

    Definately a princess seam with a low scooped back and a gathered dirndl using the full width of the fabric. It is amazing that the same pattern can look so different just by choosing a different fabric.

  120. Tammie says:

    The staple dress is adorable.

  121. Wen says:

    The cutest dress I ever made was one for my niece’s second birthday in 1985. It was powder blue calico (80’s, duh) and had a dropped waist. It was my very first (successful) foray into the world of pintucks and as a young sewer and aunt I was delighted with the results. As was my niece <3

  122. andrea says:

    The emery dress is adorable. Love the one with the bow at the waist.

  123. Eve says:

    I’m always on the hunt for the perfect waisted dress! I think the most flattering on me is a high neck, princess seamed bodice. I haven’t however figured out the best skirt yet! I love pleats, but they are too boxy on me. Gathers or circle skirts works best! I’d love to try the Emery – everyone raves about it and it’s so pretty!


  124. Dita says:

    For a cute dress, I just love the A-line shillouette! I feel that it’s always flattering on me, and I imagine that it would on any body types! I love how the A-line really emphasizes the waist!

  125. Maddy says:

    My ideal dress has a fitted waist and an a-line skirt. I tend to stay with the classics.

  126. melissa says:

    I like classic clean lines like this one.

  127. Lorraine says:

    The cutest dress that I’ve ever made was from a vintage Vogue pattern using vintage fabric: black polka dots on a cream background. SO retro and I always get compliments on it. Wearing it makes me happy!

  128. Serena says:

    I love a fitted waist and gathered skirt on dresses. Anna’s version is so cute, but I think all of her makes are wonderful!

  129. Mandi says:

    The cutest dress I’ve sewn was the one I wore as a groomsmaid in my brother’s wedding. My brother and his wife each have 2 sisters, so my sister & I were “groomsmaids” on his side, and his wife’s sisters were bridesmaids for her. I don’t remember the pattern we used…. but they were simple sundresses with thick straps and a cross-over bodice. (Thick straps are a must for me — a bra – I need to wear a bra!)

  130. Tina C. says:

    Cutest dress that gets compliments every time is a trapeze dress i made out of bright stripes. But now i’m ready for a fitted, gathered waist and i want to use african print fabric for it, with a big pattern.

  131. My perfect dress has a fitted bodice because it’s always so flattering!

  132. Tatiana says:

    I love all the versions, thanks for the giveway!

  133. Jill says:

    I love a relaxed dress with gathered skirt. Love the look of this pattern! I wasn’t familiar with it before.

  134. I started sewing by machine when I was eight. Over the decades I’ve made more dresses than I can count, both for myself and for others. I do not have a favorite style, but I’m so glad we now have Independent designers creating patterns.

  135. Kathleen says:

    My favorite pattern is the next one I want to make. I have some red with white dot fabric and would love to make a dress with it, slightly a-line with modifications for a short waist.

  136. Shannon says:

    My perfect dress: pencil skirt, fitted bodice, cowl neck. Sexy, but still classy. Great lines, beautiful fabric.

  137. Ginger says:

    Love this dress, with all it’s classic but modern details.
    In college I sewed a similar jumper, it was my favorite dress for a few years. I wish I had a picture of me in it. That was back before the days of selfies! πŸ™‚

  138. Megan says:

    I’m hoping to sew a long sleeve dress out of a nice soft tartan plaid for the fall.

  139. Megan says:

    I’m a dress out of a really soft tartan plaid

  140. abby olson says:

    I’ve never made myself a dress but I’ve made some for my daughter and am always lamenting that they won’t fit me…I love this pattern! I think I’d do view A minus bow plus collar…at least for the first one! This looks addicting.

  141. Mary Ann says:

    I love dresses but I haven’t gotten brave enough to see for myself yet!

  142. I like any dress with a fitted bodice. It’s so flattering!

  143. sameeha says:

    I would love a gathered skirt with a fitted bodies.thanks for the giveaway!!

  144. Kendra says:

    I only recently came across this pattern (I’m working my way up to dresses, just tops so far while I master the FBA). But it would be so cute in view B in a linen or chambray for the coming Spring

  145. Cindy says:

    Love this look! I love the vintage feel to the shape. I think I would make it in a summer-y floral, and use white for the peter pan collar!

  146. Leah Corbin says:

    I love the Peter Pan collar! I’ve never made any clothes before but I’d love to try!

  147. Linda says:

    I’d make one of each!

  148. Helen says:

    I’ve only made two dresses – the Sureau by Deer and Doe, and the Moneta by Colette. I love both, probably because they both feature a gathered skirt and fitted bodice…sort of like the Emery dress! I’d love to give pattern matching a whirl and make a dress in plaid.

  149. Cheryl says:

    The cutest dress I’ve ever made myself has to be my most recent birthday dress: http://redknits.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/a-happy-birthday-dress/

    Oddly enough, I had considered using the Emery pattern with this fabric–maybe Emery can be next year’s birthday dress!

  150. Rebecca says:

    The scoop neck version. I love it!!

  151. Nicole says:

    I like a dress with a fitted bodice and a full or A line skirt. I think the cutest dress I’ve made was a Darling Ranges out of vintage blue poly cotton with pink roses. Unfortunately the fabric has worn thin in spots so it’s time for a new dress to replace it. I’ve been thinking about trying the Emery for awhile now, it’s had such great reviews all around.

  152. Jenna says:

    The cutest dress I ever made was a New Look pattern with cherry print fabric. I’ve been pining for the Emery Pattern for quite a while now.

  153. Catriona says:

    I mostly look best in dresses that are fitted from under the bust to the waist, most baggy dresses look awful on me. This one might work with some tweaks!

  154. Hannah says:

    I love the style of the Emery dress! Such a versatile pattern depending on fabric choice and pattern modifications!

  155. Zura says:

    I have yet to sew myself a dress! I’ve only sewn tops and tunics before and really, really wanna try making myself a dress. I love dresses that have a retro feel and feminine, either with gathered skirt or princess cut (for maxi) and must have at least a 3/4 sleeves. Right now I’m obsessed with the sweet tiny cotton floral a-la Liberty, so pretty!

  156. Java Jane says:

    What a darling dress!

    I love princess seams. My favorite dress fabric is challis but boy is that hard to find. Sigh.

  157. Roxanne says:

    I love a gathered skirt, but with the arrival of my first baby, I’m starting to focus on finding cute dresses suitable for nursing.

  158. Michelle says:

    I love A-line. Thanks for a great series. I can’t wait to check out the site – everyday!!! I much prefer indie to the big 4!

  159. Kay says:

    The cutest dress I made was from a McCall pattern. I made it from a black and white cotton. I love gathered skirts the best and like to use cotton or linen fabric best

  160. Rachael K. says:

    I’ve loved all the Emery dresses I’ve seen and have wanted one of my own. I like fitted bodices with vintage like details and fuller skirt such as the Emery.

  161. Alex says:

    I really seem to like the fitted bodice with a gathered/aline skirt style. I always tend to use very plain fabrics for my dressmaking and am hoping to branch out with some more colours and prints in the near future. Love the version with a collar and 3/4 sleeves.

  162. Diana says:

    This is lovely! I love the gathered waist with a-line skirt, although I might prefer a cap sleeve. Enjoying this whole series–thanks πŸ™‚

  163. Stacey Crease says:

    My absolute favorite style of dress has princess seams. I’ve been into pleats lately, and pin tucking. For fabric, I’m really drawn to ditsy flower prints. The flowered Emery dress in this post is delightful!

  164. Julie says:

    I’m sewing up my 4th Staple Dress by April Rhodes today with herringbone chambray by Robert Kaufmann. I also have a version with the chambray dots. I love simple designs in fabrics that aren’t too busy or loud. I would love to try the Emery Dress in a colored chambray– maybe a deep eggplant.

  165. Sonja King says:

    Such a versatile pattern which suits all body shapes and can be changed with different fabrics. I’d even use a ponte or similar.

  166. Becky says:

    For me, a cute dress is all about the fabric! My favorite that I’ve made recently is a Sewaholic Cambie, the smoother skirt style, in a print covered with Japanese-style teacups.

  167. Gemma says:

    The nice thing is that patterns can surprise you. I have always been an only-A-line-suits-me person, but have discovered that *shock horror* other styles can look good too! It’s inspiring to see the same pattern on lots of different figures online.

  168. Linda Nelson says:

    Perfect dress has pockets. If it doesn’t, then I better make a matching clutch!

  169. Natalie says:

    I like everything about the Emery dress including the cute collar!

  170. Wendy says:

    Pockets, a-line, and a Peter Pan collar are all elements I appreciate in a dress–though not necessarily all together. When choosing the fabric, I tend to gravitate towards a small geometric or floral print.

  171. Teri says:

    I love the fit and flare style of the Emery dress. And I love the small scale floral with this pattern! So pretty.

  172. Rachel says:

    What a cute dress!

  173. Southern Gal says:

    I’ve only made a few dresses for my daughter. One of my favorites is the Colette Pattern: Laurel sewn in Lilly Pulitzer fabric. It turned out gorgeous. I would love to try my hand at this one for my daughter, too!
    Thanks for the chance!

  174. Angela Wicentowich says:

    This pattern is super cute! I don’t know how I’ve missed it before.

  175. Sharonnz says:

    I made a sweet Colette Patterns Crepe dress once but it was tooooo big. Love the look of the Emery.

  176. Kathy says:

    I like this pattern ’cause it hides the tummy area while still being cute!

  177. Jessica says:

    This dress is super cute! I have a thing for plaid dresses and peter pan collars.

  178. Nicole says:

    A fitted bodice with a gathered skirt is my ideal dress silhouette! The Emery dress is just what I’m looking for – would love to win a copy!!

  179. Kerry says:

    I made a Pauline Alice Cami dress recently, that’s a very cute retro style pattern!

  180. Mary Jo says:

    I enjoy a gathered skirt, knee length with a boat neck. A shift dress is lovely too!

  181. Carla k says:

    How cute! I’m loving this series. I would make the view with a collar.

  182. Sabs says:

    The cutest dress I’ve seen is probably the Sureau from Deer and Doe. My second version is my favourite – I changed it to cap sleeves and used a quilting cotton with dragonflies on it (hence why it is called the Dragonfly Dress). It has a gathered skirt – I like both full and fitted skirts, depending on the type of dress/occasion. But the body che has to be fitted and sit on my natural waist. I would love to try the Emery!

  183. Tammy says:

    Very cute! The last dress that I made for myself was a Staple dress, that was the first dress I’d made for myself in years and years! I loved that dress – but sadly (and happily! LOL) that was 20+ pounds ago so the dress is completely too large for me. I need to get my Staple pattern out and make a new one for the new me! πŸ™‚

  184. beth p. says:

    I like princess seams. I also love sheath dresses and tank top dresses with more of a racerback style, though I’ve never made one like that. Thanks for the giveaway!

  185. Elizabeth says:

    I made the Colette Peony and really have enjoyed wearing it. I feel like I’m always on the search for the perfect dress pattern since I’ve had more luck with separates than dresses the hunt is still on!

  186. Diane says:

    The perfect dress makes me look and feel good. It accents my positives and diminishes my negatives. This pattern would do just that with the fitted bodice and full skirt. Hope I win!

  187. Liz Churchill says:

    I have loved this dress from a far since it came out. I usually sew sleeveless dresses because sleeves intimidate me! I am ready to take the plunge and attach sleeves!

  188. Marie says:

    Love this dress! I think I’d go for a winter version in a slightly thicker woollen fabric -maybe houndstooth / plaid… but then I think it would look equally great in a mini liberty-esque floral for summer!

  189. Shannon says:

    My first dress for myself was in a whimsical swallow on true-blue calico from Joann’s, way before everything “had a bird on it”. Love that fabric still. I look for patterns that are classic and I love a dresses with pockets. Emery fits the bill !

  190. jeanine says:

    I think the cutest dress I’ve made myself is the sisboom Angie I colourblocked

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