Emma Top & Dress
I just looove testing patterns for Mummykins and Me. Her designs always feature clean, professional finishes (no raw edges). One of the reasons I became a pattern tester in the first place was to expand my range of sewing knowledge and abilities. With Mummykins and Me patterns, I learn something new every time! Not to mention, her designs always seem to have a vintage-inspired concept to them as well. WIN!!!
The Emma Top and Dress
Emma features a sophisticated, high-collar design with gathers for a flowy Summer look. Reminds me of one of those ultra-chic collared halter dresses so popular in the 70’s (only better!)
The Emma Top and Dress has 5 different lengths to choose from. Ranging from a cute and airy swing top, all the way down to a tiered maxi length dress, you are sure to find the right look for you.
I chose to sew up the tunic length for this active little girl. As much as I love the look of the maxi dress length, it’s just not practical for my rough and tumble girl (because… 3 older brothers!) Paired with comfy leggings, she is ready to run and play to her little heart’s content (and still look good doing it. Ha!)
The collar does require a little thought when attaching, but the pattern is very well written. A diagram and very detailed instructions walk you through step-by-step to get the perfect fit. Hook and eye closure (rouleau button or snaps are options too) and a sweet key hole opening make getting dressed easy as pie.
The pattern also includes an optional sash for a trendy, and more sophisticated look. Sewn up in a contrasting color, it really pops!
I used a nice and airy viscose crepe in a vibrant fuchsia. And, there must be a tinsy bit of spandex mixed in there too, because it has a hint of stretch to it as well.
And guess where I found it…..my local thrift shop! Oh my goodness! Being a pattern tester, I am always on the look-out for cheap material. Ever since discovering the thrift shop fabric section recently, I am hooked! This crepe material was a mere $2.50 for about a yard and a half cut 😀
Speaking of fabric, the Emma Top and Dress can be sewn up in virtually any material. Wait…did she say…ANY? You betcha! This pattern works for both wovens and knits. Sew it up in a knit or drapy woven for an easy breezy, flowy look. Or use a cotton woven for a boxier, structured A-line look. Either way, the Emma Top and Dress is sure to turn heads 😉
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Happy sewing! <3
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