Dress No. 17 by EMPatterns

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going.  Pretty soon Christmas will be knocking at the door.  Perhaps it doesn’t feel like it because it has been so warm in LA.  However, it has been in the 50’s and 60’s in the morning.  It can be so difficult to dress the little ones  when the afternoon can reach the 80’s.  If you have an opinionated girl, dressing decisions can become a battle.  Sometimes, she just wants to wear a dress and refuses to wear anything over that dress.  She is willing to suffer for beauty.  But her mom does not want her to suffer a cold.  The best solution, a long sleeve dress with a cowl neck to keep her warm!

Did you like how I tied that in?  🙂  Enter, E+M Patterns newest dress, No. 17.


This is another fantastic pattern that I was lucky enough to test for Allison at EM Patterns.  If you haven’t been following my sewing progress, you may want to see all the amazing things that Allison has in her patterns.  They are clear, well photographed, and come together perfectly.  Check out Dress No. 13, Dress No. 15, and Shirt+Dress No. 6 if you have time.

As usual, the pattern is full of lovely options.

1.  Sleeves: Long or 3/4

2. Neck Line: Cowl or banded

3. Hem: Hi-Low, Shirt, straight

4. Waist: Elastic, Shirred, or belt



For this version I chose the long sleeve, cowl, hi-low and elastic waist.  The cowl is fabulous because it keeps your kiddo warm without the tightness of a turtle neck.  My daughter doesn’t like turtle necks because they “choke” her.  So this cowl is perfect for B.


In testing, the hi-low changed a bit from this aggressive swoop.  The pattern you’ll find is more classic and conservative.  But if you really like this trendy curve, you could easily add length to the back if you wanted.  Personally, I like both.  🙂



cowl dress back view

Here’s my little model striking poses.  I almost wish that I could get this attitude every time.  Most photo sessions are of me chasing her around the room or outside trying to sneak a good shot in.



This is a far more common occurrence.  My B is full of energy and fun.

Here’s another version with the banded neck.

owl side


You can see that the hi-low hem is more classic and reserved in the newest version.

owl back


This one also has the belt.  I was so surprise that she didn’t fiddle with it at all.  I think she liked having the bow in the front.

owl front


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to EM Patterns to get the Dress No.17. Or go to ETSY or CRAFTSY.
Keep your girls warm and styling.  Happy Thanksgiving!



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