Kobi dress

Serious summer vibes!

I’m super excited to share that I am joining the team at Emporia to teach some dressmaking workshops! Up first is the Kobi dress and there are two dates for you to choose from – Saturday 25th September and Saturday 13th November. You can book your spot now through the ‘Events’ page or read on to find out more about Kobi.

The extra-long tie can be wrapped around and knotted at the front or the back,

Kobi is a fantastic beginner project – there are very few pattern pieces, the fit is relaxed and there are no closures to contend with. The dress features in-seam pockets, a neckline facing and an attached belt that can be wrapped around and tied at the front or back. Kobi can be made in a wide range of woven fabrics – cotton, crepe, chambray, viscose or linen would all be perfect. You could even use a stable knit such as ponte roma to make a cosy winter version!

Kobi looks great on a wide range of body types.

The fabric I chose for my dress is a viscose crepe – I was really drawn to the beautiful autumnal colours and bold print, which works perfectly for Kobi. I bought my fabric from Emporia when I visited in the summer – sadly it is no longer available, but they have plenty of other gorgeous options and attendees will get 20% off fabric in preparation for the class.

All my favourite colours in one fabric!

The pattern comes in sizes small (8 to 14), medium (12 to 18) and large (16 to 22) – I have made a few Emporia patterns before in a size 8 and they were quite roomy on me, so I decided to grade down. I then made a quick toile to check the fit and also raised the v-neck slightly. I’m pleased with the adjustments I made and I like how the dress fits, but I think I might leave the neckline as it was for my next version to see if I prefer a lower ‘V’.

All dresses need pockets, especially if you insist on carrying such an impractical bag!

The Kobi is a really straightforward sew and I can’t wait to guide students through the different stages of construction. We will also cover how to measure yourself and choose a size, how to cut out your pattern and fabric and lots of other tips and tricks along the way. Whether you are completely new to dressmaking or just lack a bit of confidence when sewing – this is the class for you! I’m looking forward to working with you but spaces are limited, so head over the to ‘Events’ page soon to secure your place.

Kobi is the perfect dress for sunny days out.

Before I go – shout out to Patsy for taking these gorgeous pictures of my Kobi on our recent trip Greenwich – isn’t she a brilliant photographer?! Thank you, Patsy!

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