My New Pattern Label: Introducing The Emmeline Tee

Hi everyone, I hope you are all really well. I have been all consumed with a very exciting project just recently which is why I haven’t blogged anything for a little while. Thankfully it is finally ready to share with you guys- hooray!


As those of you who have been following this blog for a while will know I studied pattern cutting a number of years ago and being able to draft patterns has been an integral part of my love for garment design and sewing.

Since learning how to do so I have been drafting patterns for myself and other people and recently decided that I would really like to produce some of my designs as sewing patterns for others to make and wear. The first of these is Emmeline, a simple tee with three different versions all of which can be made in either knit fabrics or woven fabrics. I wanted to launch my little pattern label with a staple wardrobe builder that was suitable for all levels of sewists and adaptable to different tastes and personal styles.


For me the Emmeline Tee is the answer to a number of different situations, make her in a basic jersey to wear with joggers to the gym (or bed!) or in pretty lace to pop on with heels for a Christmas party. Either one can be whipped-up in an afternoon. I wanted to make the instructions as fully comprehensive as possible and so each version has a full set of illustrated instructions for knit fabrics and for woven fabrics. Also included is an guide for those who are new to working with jersey fabric.



At the moment the pattern is available as a PDF download and is currently winging its merry way to the printers so expect to be able to buy the print version in the New Year.



I would love to hear what you think about Emmeline and for any of you who decide to make it I would love to see your photos on facebook Instagram or twitter #littletailoress. If you have any questions just leave a comment below or drop me an email. I will be doing various sew-alongs on youtube and here on the blog so keep an eye out for those too.

You can buy Emmeline here.

Thanks for reading!

64 responses to “My New Pattern Label: Introducing The Emmeline Tee”

  1. Hi, I have been following your blog for year now, but this is first time i have added any comments. love the t-shirt designs – can’t wait for them to be available to buy as printed patterns. I love all that you make particularly the vintage ones. I made my first skirt when I was seven so have been sewing for 46 years now. Cant wait to see what you make next – Lorraine

  2. Wow! Congratulations on your new venture. Very spooky – I want to buy my daughter a set of make up brushes for Christmas and remembered you had recommended some in a previous post. I logged on to your site, thinking I hadn’t had a blog post notification from you in a while and there you were, today, before my email had even alerted me – it’s a sign that I must buy your new pattern. However, today I printed out Colette’s Dahlia pattern so I am going to wait until your printed version comes out in the new year to buy it and I might also have got rid of some of my WIPs by then too.
    Congratulations again and how great that you are gorgeous enough to be your own model too!
    Off to browse your old posts in search of brushes.

    • Hey! And I ended up reading an old post of yours just the other day where you had the super cute oil cloths!
      I love the look of the Dahlia dress, look forward to seeing yours! πŸ™‚
      The brushes are Real Technique- best brushes ever and really reasonably priced.They also do an amazing orange makeup sponge that applies foundation flawlessly! Happy Dahlia sewing πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented, Ami. I am sure this is going to be a huge success. I can’t wait for them to be in print so that I can buy one and get sewing. I love all the different fabric styles! Well done! Emi x

    • Hi Joanne- yep I am not sure how all my Liberty escaped being made into one of these as I think it would be an ideal fabric choice πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, so glad you like it πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, I have been quietly following you for a while, but I couldn’t resist commenting on this! I have just bought this as it is my dream t-shirt! I love all the different ways you’ve styled it, and am very excited about making it up. Well done for an absolutely gorgeous pattern.

  5. I love the pattern! Just what I’ve been looking for. Any hints where you get the lovely lace and sparkly fabrics from? Also, I noticed that the pdf print out is 54 pages, is that really correct for a t shirt, or a typo? It seems an awful lot! Thank you.

    • Hi Sophie! I am so pleased you like the pattern! πŸ™‚
      The Lace is an eyelash lace from White Tree fabrics and the lace that is the sleeves on the grey and lace one is also from White Tree. The sparkly fabrics are both from Cloth House on Berwick Street in Soho. Unfortunately I don’t think you can buy from Cloth House online- but if you are looking for an equivalent fabric online they are both sequin jerseys rather than the mesh sequins although the mesh would probably work fine too πŸ™‚
      The pattern is a lot of pages! There are three versions, version 1&3 use the same main pattern piece but version 2 is a separate pattern and also has the separate sleeve. There is also a different neckband to use for knit fabrics and woven fabrics as each fabrics needs a different style of finishing! So you can end up with six completely different looking tees which hopefully makes all the paper seem more worth it! πŸ˜‰
      Also there are six sets of fully illustrated instructions to make it extra straightforward to follow- but you can just print out the instruction pages for the version you are making. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve followed your blog for a while, always admiring your beautiful clothes you’ve made. This pattern is very very cute. Congratulations for starting a pattern business πŸ™‚ Thank you for including an XXL in your sizing – now to decide whether to buy the pdf now or wait until the new year for the paper pattern πŸ™‚

  7. I wondered where you went πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are back with good news. I nearly didn’t recognize you with the much longer hair as well. The Tee looks lovely. Congratulations and I wish you all the best with this new venture….

  8. Congratulations on launching your pattern line! This one looks great, and it’s lovely to see it in a range of different fabrics. I’ll be adding this to my to-sew list!

  9. Congratulations Ami on a beautiful pattern, your styling as always is gorgeous! Looking forward to buying as soon as it’s available in print.

  10. Congrats on launching your new pattern line! I love this tshirt, it seems utterly perfect! I can’t wait to have a go at making it, will excitedly await the paper version. I also second what the other poster above said – can you share where you purchased the fabrics you used in your samples? Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Hi Emma, thanks so much- so pleased you like the tee πŸ™‚
      Of course! These are the fabrics:
      Solid cream lace is an eyelash lace from White Tree fabrics available online.
      Lace sleeves of grey/lace version is a cotton mix lace also from white tree fabrics. Grey jersey fabric was from Classic Textiles on Goldhawk Road.
      Navy polka dot is a printed silk crepe from Beckford Silk available from their shop and online.
      Sequins are both sequin jersey from Cloth House on Berwick St in Soho, annoyingly not available online πŸ™
      Nudey pink is a heavy weight silk crepe back satin by James Hare who are one of my trade suppliers but I think may have some online outlets too.
      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much for your reply. I’m new to sewing and have a hard time envisioning fabrics to match patterns and it can feel a bit overwhelming on online shops sometimes so this helps immensely!

  11. I love that you doing new things! I have been a following your blog for a few years now & love your work. I will be purchasing this rt away in your PDF pattern. Have fun on your new adventure!


  12. Wow Amy that’s brilliant. Congratulations! You’ve been so busy. I love the silver material so please tell us where you get your fabric….i also love those brogues.

    • Ah thanks Angela πŸ™‚ Yep I have been a bit glued to Adobe Illustrator for the last few months! Hehe.
      Of course! These are all the fabrics and where they came from:
      Solid cream lace is an eyelash lace from White Tree fabrics available online.
      Lace sleeves of grey/lace version is a cotton mix lace also from white tree fabrics. Grey jersey fabric was from Classic Textiles on Goldhawk Road.
      Navy polka dot is a printed silk crepe from Beckford Silk available from their shop and online.
      Silver and bronze sequins are both sequin jersey from Cloth House on Berwick St in Soho, annoyingly not available online I don’t think πŸ™
      Nudey pink is a heavy weight silk crepe back satin by James Hare who are one of my trade suppliers but I think may have some online outlets too.
      Ah and the brogues are from my favourite shoe brand Agnes and Norman πŸ™‚
      So comfy πŸ™‚

  13. Good on you girl. Wishing you success!
    Nice to see the investment you made in yourself is paying off and that you can showcase your advanced sewing skills and patterncutting in your own pattern line and bring out the flattering classy style we’ve admired in your blog.

  14. What a brilliant staple pattern Ami – I wish you every success. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for ages and can’t wait to get the print version. Have a great Christmas and it looks like you’ll have a busy 2015.

  15. I returned to sewing last year after many years and yours was the first blog I started following. Ever since I saw your lace sleeve grey T I’ve searched for a pattern to make on but found nothing close, this is an answer to my prayers, it’s like you read my mind

  16. Congratulations on this new venture; I’m sure it will be a great success! I’ve so admired your aesthetic and styling, so I’m delighted to see you’re releasing patterns now – I can’t think of anyone in the blogosphere more eminently qualified! Beautiful pattern, I’ll definitely be buying this πŸ˜€

  17. I think that it’s incredibly crass to rip off the Colette aesthetic in an attempt to market your pattern. What a glaring lack of character.

    • Hi Kaci, sorry that you feel my pattern in some way resembles Colette’s aesthetic. I’m not sure which of Colette’s patterns you are referring to but can assure you that this is my own original design, pattern-cutting, writing, illustration and sewing.

    • Woah! What is your problem?! As someone who owns most of Sarai’s patterns, I think I can comment here – and I have no idea what you are talking about. Besides, that aggressive tone is out of place, even more so with someone as sweet as Ami! How incredibly crass and rude of YOU.

  18. I just love this design! I’m on the process of making a downloadable pattern myself and can’t believe how much work is involved even for something simple. But this tee is definitely on my to-buy-list. Would I be able to purchase it in Canada?

    • Hi Melanie! Oh my goodness- sooo much work isn’t it, i was glued to adobe illustrator for weeks on end! hehe. It’s fun too though, thank goodness! Yep Canada is fine for PDF and will also be fine for the printed version- annoyingly there is a new EU law that makes the PDF problematic in Europe.
      Thank you so much for your lovely mention over on your blog, I am so happy to have been introduced to a lovely new blog to read πŸ™‚
      Happy new year and happy sewing πŸ™‚

  19. Fab pattern like you say can be used for lots of different looks ! Love the grey jersey fabric shall look up Classic Textiles. By the way I think Kaci is confused, I think she’s thinking only Collette put the pattern outline picture on the front which obviously is not the case, hence the comments. I like the outline detail on the front it’s the first thing I flip over see. Congrats on the new venture !

    • Hi Emma, thanks so much for your comment : Ah yep the line drawings are always the part i look for first too so they just seemed like the natural choice for the cover images. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  20. Ami – what fun! Finally! I have been hoping you’d start to design patterns for sale since I first found your gorgeous blog. and this looks great – lovely and versatile. Congratulations, and looking forward to more to come! I will wait for the printed pattern, once there’s going to be one, since I loathe trimming and sticking. For some reason I have never managed to get on to your mailing list, otherwise I’d have noticed this before – do you think you could put me on your list so Io’ll know what’s happening – please?
    thanks, and happy Christmas!

    • Hi Francesca, thanks so much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ I will happily pop you on my mailing list πŸ™‚ I totally agree- i often chose pdf patterns because i am impatient and want the pattern NOW but then kick myself when i get to the cutting and sticking part! Hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  21. This looks great! I’ve not sewn for a while now but think I’ll have to dust off the machine to run up a few of these. Can’t wait to see your other patterns!

  22. This is really beautiful, love all the different variations. This is actually just what I need in my wardrobe. I have a total lack of tops like this. Been following you for a while and great to see you venturing into patterns as your sewing is amazing!

  23. Congratulations! I love your blog and have followed you for a while. You inspired me to write my own blog and I just need a break from my sewing deadlines (christmas, weddings and baby births) to finish and get it up and running. I am excited to buy your pattern which is exactly what I need for sewing some silk tees (cheer for the dartless bodice) to wear with my jeans. However I am eagerly awaiting the printed version as I am ok at sewing but rubbish with cutting and sticking!

  24. Hi Amelia. I have bought your pattern and love how beautifully packaged it is. It is my first pattern that I am trying on my own. I am a bit stuck on applying the bias binding to the neck though. I am a novice sewer. Would it be possible for you to do a tutorial for applying bias to the neck line please? May need to ask the mother in law for help otherwise!! Love your blog and congratulations on your pregnancy by the way you are looking radiant!

  25. Hello, Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with this pattern.
    As someone who is new to sewing it has been a real confidence booster,the extra tips you give for working with knits and wovens have been so helpful and your blog inspired me to try dressmaking in the first place!!!
    I ordered this pattern on my lunch break and it was with me the next day so great customer service too. I made my first top that evening and am about to attempt a lace one…
    Becks xxx

  26. Hi there! I would love to purchase the Emmeline tee. I see right now it’s only available in “hard copy” on your Etsy store.

    I much prefer working with printable patterns. Is the Emmeline also for sale in PDF format? If so, where can I find it?

  27. Can you tell me which ones of the above are version 1 and which are version 3. Thanks, Jo x

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