Florence Dress and Skirt Sewing Pattern - by Emporia

Sizes 6 - 24

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 fit. 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.


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