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Empire waist dress sewing pattern


Empire waist dress sewing pattern



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  • Fabric & Supplies

    Light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, batiste, lawn, rayon challis, cupro, and Tencel.

    All-purpose polyester sewing thread, sewing machine needle, two 3/8" O rings, two 3/8" adjustable strap sliders, one 14" invisible zipper, invisible zipper foot and point turner.

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  • Sizing & Fit

    Maya is wearing a size 0 graded to a 4 at the waist. We added 2" (5.1 cm) length to the skirt. For the bonus, we added an additional 3" (7.6 cm) length to the bottom ruffle. Her measurements are 32 3/4" (83.2 cm), 27" (68.6 cm), 37" (7.62 cm), and she is 5'10" (1.78 m).

    Franki is wearing size 18 from the 12-30 size range. We added 1/2" (12 mm) to the bust circumference and 3/4" (19 mm) to the bodice length. Her measurements are 46 1/2”, 39 1/2”, 49”, (118.1, 100.3, 124.5 cm), and she is 5’ 6 1/2” (1.69 m) tall.

    Our Misses patterns are drafted for a C cup and our Curvy patterns are drafted for DD. Both are drafted for a height of 5'8" (172 cm).

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    We want to help you achieve the best fit possible so you can sew garments you truly love. Our fit guides are designed to help you better understand the fit and details of each pattern. Use fit guides in conjunction with the finished measurement chart to better understand the ease and intended fit of each pattern.

  • Details

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Pattern Extras

Leighanne Bonus

The Leighanne member bonus variation eliminates the side slit and adds a ruffle to the hem, creating a maxi-length dress. 

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