Emporia Florence Dress (Beginner)

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Florence is a classic sundress with an exciting extra feature – an open tie-back! Featuring a fitted bodice with princess seams and chunky straps, and a flared panelled skirt, Florence allows you to adjust your fit easily as the tie-back accommodates your bust ease, and an elasticated waist at the skirt back allows for comfortable ease. Big patch pockets on the skirt give you plenty of space to keep your phone or your purse handy and make a fabulous design feature too.

It’s designed to be made from cotton and medium weight fabrics that have some structure and body – Ankara or African wax is ideal as it holds the shape of the skirt perfectly, while also being soft enough and cool enough for a lined bodice. The pattern also comes with an alternative skirt, giving you the option of making an autumn winter version in denim or corduroy.

Florence is not a complicated make, but there are quite a few pattern pieces making it more suitable for an improver beginner. The pattern uses no closures as it features a tie-back and an elasticated back waist, so there are no zips to insert or button holes to make.

Fabric recommendations:
Cotton, Ankara or African wax, chambray, linen, cotton duck, cotton sateen, denim.

Florence comes in sizes 6 - 24.

To fit bust and waist:
6 - 32"/24" or 81cm/61cm
8 - 34"/26" or 86cm/66cm
10 - 36"/28" or 91cm/71cm
12 - 38"/ 30" or 96cm/76cm
14 - 40"/32" or 101cm/81cm
16 - 42"/34" or 106cm/86cm
18 - 44"/36" or 111cm/91cm
20 - 46"/38" or 116cm/96cm
22 - 48"/40" or 121cm/101cm
24 - 50"/42" or 126cm/106cm

Fabric requirements for Florence dress:
Sizes 6 - 10 - 44"/112cm wide - 3m
SIzes 12 - 24 - 44"/112cm wide - 3.5m

Sizes 6 - 14 - 60"/150cm wide - 2.3m
Sizes 16 - 24 - 60"/150cm wide - 2.6m

Fabric requirements for Florence skirt:
Sizes 6 - 14 - 44"/112cm wide - 2.5m
Sizes 16 - 24 - 44"/112cm wide - 3m

Sizes 6 - 10 - 60"/150cm wide - 1.5m
Sizes 12 - 24 - 60"/150cm wide - 2m

All Emporia patterns are produced on paper and feature different coloured lines to differentiate between each size.