Eme Dress Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Easy fit cocoon shaped summer dress sewing pattern
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Eme Dress

4.5 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

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Loose fitting cocoon shaped summer dress sewing pattern

Product Description

Eme is our new summer cocoon shaped dress that is perfect for the beginner sewer, with no fastenings or trim details required. The loose-fitting shape allows for cool fitting during those hot summer days and the lovely darts at the hem complete the cocoon look. With its simple design lines Eme is the perfect pattern for colour blocking.

Fabric Suggestion

Linen, rayon, silk, cotton, fine wool.

Pattern Format

Printed Pattern - Single-Size
Single-size hard copy sewing pattern, mailed to your delivery address.

More Pattern Formats

PDF Pattern - Single-Size
Single-size PDF sewing pattern download, sent to your email address in multi-sheet/tiled format for printing at home on A4 or US letter size paper AND single-sheet/wide format for printing at a copy shop. You get the size you order, PLUS the two closest sizes. Please note that the wide format files are set up for printing on 36" wide (or wider) paper rolls, not A0 paper sheets.
Printed Pattern - Multi-Size
Multi-size hard copy sewing pattern, mailed to your delivery address.
PDF Pattern - Multi-Size
Multi-size PDF sewing pattern download, sent to your email address in multi-sheet/tiled format for printing at home on A4 or US letter size paper and single-sheet/wide format for printing at a copy shop. Please note that the wide format files are set up for printing on 36" wide (or wider) paper rolls, not A0 paper sheets.

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16 reviews for Eme Dress

  1. 3 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Printed Pattern - Multi-Size

    (verified owner):

    I liked the style of the paper & coloured multi size lines. Was easy to cut. The pattern directions took a lot of guess work and many youtube videos to be able to put it all together. The finished product was worth the hassle & I have a lovely flattering dress!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Printed Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I have completed 5 (five!) of these dresses during a pandemic sewing marathon. Contrary to other commentators I found the fit to be just perfect. I wear a size 8 and I made a size 8. It is a loose fitting dress but at the same time it is both chic and sophisticated. The instructions are brief and as such I agree that you would require some experience in order to maneuver through them. This was my first experience with Style Arc patterns. Loved the durability of the paper pattern vs tissue (especially when you’re reusing it as much as I did) . Can’t wait to enjoy the dresses in the hot weather.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Printed Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I’m embarrassed to even admit this. I have made 5 (five!) of these dresses during a pandemic sewing marathon. This is just a great dress. Contrary to some of the other comments, I found the fit to be perfect. I wear a size 8 and I made a size 8. It is obviously a loose fitting dress but the cut is both chic and on trend. I agree with the other comments regarding instructions. You pretty much have to have some experience otherwise you may get caught up in the brevity of the directions. I’m pleased to say that in spite of now owning a quintet of these dresses, they look quite different from each other. As well, the last one took a fraction of the time to complete compared to the first. A nice cool addition for summer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Printed Pattern - Multi-Size

    (verified owner):

    I am very happy with my finished Eme dress – I made it in size 12 which I found to be true to size. I noticed someone else had also mentioned that the instructions do not have how to attach the skirt to the bodice – again I guess it is pretty obvious and the 2 pieces aligned perfectly – but for a complete beginner that may not be so obvious! I also found the sleeve cuff finishing a little hard to follow but again just made my own variation. I made the dress from 2 different patterns, a lovely grey jamdani cotton for the top and a fine grey and cream stripe linen for the bottom, I lined the sleeve with the stripe – which is a discreet touch! I have had lots of compliments – and actually one of the few things I have made during COVD that I have worn!

  5. 3 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I will have to try again with this pattern. The end result looked lovely but it was HUGE. I will have to go down two sizes. I was surprised as any other Stylearc patterns I have made have been true to size. I am disappointed that this one was just so big.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Love the the simplicity of the dress, the cocoon hemline, and the pockets. You can dress it up or down. I recommend choosing your size based on the finished measurements – this pattern runs big. I went down a size.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Very simple to make and easy to wear. I’ve made two, the second a size down from my usual as it is very roomy, and that one is perfect.
    The instructions do not tell you to sew bodice and skirt together – it doesn’t matter as its so simple and obvious, but you might want to add that step!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Such a fast dress to make. So comfortable and cool. Another Style Arc pattern love!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I could sew the dress easily. The pattern is really good. On my Instagram page you can see the result.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I am a beginner and I found the Eme dress to be very quick and easy to make. The instructions are very short considering that the pattern is for beginners. The pattern does not include all sizes. I had to choose the size to buy based on my body measurements and the finished size of the garment. Whatever size you buy, you get one size up and one size down along with it. So having bought size 10, I got size 8 and 12 also with it in the download link.

    Sizing: According to my measurements I should have bought size 14 but upon checking the finished garment sizes I realized that size 14 would be huge. Instead I decided to go for size 10 which meant I would get sizes 8,10 & 12. I ended up making the size 8.

    Fitting: I made a beginner mistake- forgot to wash the fabric before starting to sew! So I was a bit glad that even size 8 looked slightly big on me around the sleeves and bust area. The back looked like it had too much excess fabric. I washed the dress expecting it to shrink and fit just fine. But no, it was still slightly big. So, I decided to add a few darts/ pleats front and back. The darts/ pleats also help in enhancing the cocoon shape of the dress which is otherwise quite subtle.

    Overall, I am very happy with this dress. I love the shape and will definitely be making more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    I was at first a little unsure how the cocoon shape and relaxed fit of this dress would look on my slightly fuller figure, so I made a wearable muslin (choosing one size smaller than suggested in the measurement chart.). I was so pleased with the flattering design and comfort of this dress that I immediately made another in sumptuous fine wool and linen! And then whipped up a cute crop top from the bodice portion of the pattern using leftover fabric. Currently dreaming up a cozy winter Eme dress in a sweatshirt knit as well… 🙂

    It’s a very quick and easy sew– I was able to complete mine over the course of a weekend. Will definitely be reaching for this pattern again and again!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Printed Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Very easy dress to sew! I took it to a 1.5CM seam allowance as it looked to big on me with 1CM seam allowance. I made up the size 12 and I’m a very decent size 12 with curves. I wore the dress without the sleeve cuffs and unhemmed to see how it felt and loved it. Then sewed the cuffs and put them on and now matter how I folded/ basted them into place they didn’t sit right and wanted to drag down the simple sleeve design. It really messed with the look of the sleeves and the dress. I unpicked the cuffs and hemmed the sleeves. Dress looks great! Love the bell shape on the bottom. Very comfy. And I didn’t stick to block colours because I love patterns too much. Finished photo here:

  13. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Loved this dress when I made it up in chambray. Had so many compliments. Very forgiving cut. Will be making a lot more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    Really love this pattern – a really quick and easy sew, I made it up in a nice light chambray. It’s been really hot here in London this summer and the loose shape makes it a perfect way to keep cool and not have anything sticking to you.

    Only 1 comment, it is VERY LARGE. I normally cut size 20, I made this in 18 and I really think the 16 would be better, because there is alot of fabric around the middle. I also lengthened it (I’m 5’10”) so it comes just below the knee instead of a few inches above.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: PDF Pattern - Single-Size

    (verified owner):

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. I bought it as soon as it was released, and made it up right away. The shape is great, and seeing as I am an apple shape, and have no waist, it gave the impression where the two colours me, that I indeed have something there. I will make it again for sure!

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Finished Pattern Measurements (cm)

sizes4681012141618202224262830
Bust97.0102.0107.0112.0117.0122.0127.0132.0138.0144.0150.0156.0162.0168.0
Hip 117.0122.0127.0132.0137.0142.0147.0152.0158.0164.0170.0176.0182.0188.0
Hem Circumference106.4107.6108.8110.0111.2112.4113.6114.8116.3117.8119.3120.8122.3123.8
Centre Back Length96.296.897.498.098.699.299.8100.4101.0101.6102.2102.8103.4104.0
Extended Shoulder Breadth90.491.692.894.095.296.497.698.8100.0101.2102.4103.6104.8106.0
Sleeve Opening39.440.641.843.044.245.446.647.849.050.251.452.653.855.0

Finished Pattern Measurements (inches)

sizes4681012141618202224262830
Bust38 1/440 1/842 1/844 1/846 1/848505254 3/856 3/45961 3/863 3/466 1/8
Hip 46 1/848505253 7/855 7/857 7/859 7/862 1/464 5/866 7/869 1/471 5/874
Hem Circumference41 7/842 3/842 7/843 1/443 3/444 1/444 3/445 1/445 3/446 3/84747 1/248 1/848 3/4
Centre Back Length37 7/838 1/838 3/838 5/838 7/83939 1/439 1/239 3/44040 1/440 1/240 3/441
Extended Shoulder Breadth35 5/836 1/836 1/23737 1/23838 3/838 7/839 3/839 7/840 3/840 3/441 1/441 3/4
Sleeve Opening15 1/21616 1/216 7/817 3/817 7/818 3/818 7/819 1/419 3/420 1/420 3/421 1/821 5/8

Fabric Estimate for Full Dress

sizes4-1416-30
Width 148 cm (58") 2 m (2.2 yd)2.6 m (2.9 yd)

Fabric Estimate for Bodice Only

sizes4-1416-30
Width 148 cm (58") 1.25 m (1.4 yd)1.3 m (1.4 yd)

Fabric Estimate for Skirt Only

sizes4-1416-30
Width 148 cm (58") 0.8 m (0.9 yd)1.35 m (1.5 yd)

Fuse Estimate - width 90 cm (36")

All sizes: 25 cm (10")

Sizing Help


Size Chart - CM

Size A. Shoulder Breadth (cm) B. Upper Arm Girth (cm) C. Bust (cm) D. Waist (cm) E. Hip (cm)
4 34.4 26.4 77 60 83
6 35.6 27.6 82 65 88
8 36.8 28.8 87 70 93
10 38 30 92 75 98
12 39.2 31.2 97 80 103
14 40.4 32.4 102 85 108
16 41.6 33.6 107 90 113
18 42.8 34.8 112 95 118
20 44 36 118 100 124
22 45.2 37.2 124 106 130
24 46.4 38.4 130 112 136
26 47.6 39.6 136 118 142
28 48.8 40.8 142 124 148
30 50 42 148 130 154

Size Chart - Inches

Size A. Shoulder Breadth (inches) B. Upper Arm Girth (inches) C. Bust (inches) D. Waist (inches) E. Hip (inches)
4 13.5 10.5 30.3 23.5 32.6
6 14 10.9 32.3 25.5 34.6
8 14.5 11.3 34.3 27.5 36.6
10 15 11.8 36.2 29.5 38.6
12 15.4 12.3 38.2 31.5 40.6
14 15.9 12.8 40.2 33.5 42.5
16 16.4 13.2 42.1 35.5 44.5
18 16.9 13.7 44.1 37.5 46.5
20 17.3 14.2 46.5 39.5 48.8
22 17.8 14.6 48.8 42 51.2
24 18.3 15.1 51.2 44.5 53.5
26 18 3/4 15 5/8 53 1/2 46.5 56
28 19 1/4 16 1/8 56 48.5 58 1/4
30 19 3/4 16 5/8 58 1/4 50.5 61

Size Conversion Table

ALPHA SIZING AUSTRALIA UK US FRANCE ITALY JAPAN
XXS 6 6 2 34 38 5
XS 8 8 4 36 40 7
S 10 10 6 38 42 9
M 12 12 8 40 44 11
L 14 14 10 42 46 13
XL 16 16 12 44 48 15
XXL 18 18 14 46 50 17

How Do I Know What Size I Am?

Choosing your pattern size is the most important step and we will help you determine this with these easy to follow steps.

  1. When taking your measurements ensure that you take them against your skin and not over clothing. One can wear a comfortable bra and knickers whilst measuring, as this will provide you with the most accurate measurements.
  2. Tape measure has to sit firmly around the points you are measuring. But be careful not to pull it too tight, as this will give you the incorrect size.
  3. When measuring circumferences (B, C, D, E) it is important to note that the tape measure must remain parallel to the floor. It is sometimes best to take the measurements in front of a mirror; this will help you see the angle of the tape measure.
  4. You will only require the basic body measurements to determine your pattern size which is indicated on our mannequin below:
A. Shoulder Breadth

Place the tape at the edge of the shoulder. Measure along the top of the shoulder blade/across the highest point of the shoulders to the other edge, following the natural slope and allow an extra finger for ease of any movement.

B. Upper Arm Girth

This point is taken as a circumference at your widest point of your upper arm.

C. Bust

This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the fullest part of your chest.

D. Waist

This point is taken as a circumference and taken at the smallest part of your waist.

E. Hip

This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the widest part of your hips.


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