Esma Little Black Dress

Thursday, September 5, 2019

My adoration of the Esma Top by Blank Slate pattern continues in dress form! After sewing tops 1, 2, and 3, I knew there had to be a dress created from the Esma Top pattern. I can see this little black dress getting tons of wear.

Two styling possibilities came to mind. The un-belted look says casual, daytime to me, so I paired it with flat sandals. 

In this wonderful black rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, the Esma dress feels like secret pajamas. The v-neck and sleeve cuffs still keep it looking sleek.

Add the belt and heels, and this dress is ready for date night! I've also worn the dress belted with the flat sandals for a day at the museum. That day included a long road trip, and the dress and fabric held up well throughout the day without becoming too wrinkled. 

I kept my original adjustments of adding 1" at the waist and a sway back adjustment, then I cut the pattern at the hip and dropped it down mid knee. I did another muslin check just to be sure it would clear the full width of my hips, and all was good. Be sure to account for the dress being a bit shorter when belted.

Finally, I lengthened the back a bit more than the front and added a split hem for an interesting detail. I have so many Esma hack ideas swirling in my head, so I'm sure this won't be the last!
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