Style advice for the Elma Dress

The Elma Dress for apples

The perfect dress for apples should always lead the gaze anywhere except the body's midriff. The sweetheart neckline and short puffed sleeves encourage a focus on the upper half of your silhouette. The gentle A-line cut of the dress also creates a lovely sense of balance. Even better, the vertical darts and button row stretch your midriff, making it look more slender. In short, the Elma dress is a true must-make for apples!

A key thing to remember is that the dress should drape nicely over your midriff. Make the dress in a fabric with a fluid drape in a medium or dark shade.

The dress can also be made shorter, ending just above the knee, or longer.

Find out how to alter the pattern pieces in no time, here.

The Elma Dress for wide rectangles

Anything that gives your straight figure more body, without altering your body’s naturally balanced proportions, is a good thing. The Elma dress has got it all, from the sweetheart neckline and elastic in the sleeves to the gentle A-line cut. Every special detail is perfectly placed to make you look your best. The Elma dress is an absolute winner for wide rectangles.

The Elma can be made in a fabric with a fluid drape, but something a bit stiffer can’t hurt either. 

Geometric shapes, checks, or stripes will add that something extra to your dress.

The Elma Dress for inverted triangles

If you’re an inverted triangle, then your shoulders form your centre of gravity. The trick is to make them look narrower and shift the focus onto your lower body.

The A-line cut of the dress adds volume to your hips, evening out your silhouette's proportions. However, the sleeves highlight your torso just a smidgen too much. That’s why you should consider making the sleeves without elastic. Keep the sleeves as plain and straight as possible.

Make the dress in a fabric with a fluid drape or in something stiffer.

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The Elma Dress for slim rectangles

Anything that gives your straight figure more body is a good thing. The sweetheart neckline, elastic in the sleeves, gentle A-line cut – this dress has all the right accents in all the right places. The Elma dress is an absolute winner for slim rectangles.

Make the Elma in a fabric that doesn't just drape lifelessly over your body. The goal is to create volume, which means a stiffer fabric is the best option.

You could also turn the Elma into a top. Simply shorten the pattern to the desired length and take the pattern in a little along the darts. Or make it easy on yourself and order the Elma top PDF pattern.

Go for a print or something in a striking colour. The more colourful, the better.

Avoid vertical stripes. They’ll only make you look even longer and straighter. 

The Elma Dress for pears

Are you a pear-shaped woman? Then your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your mission is to draw attention away from your broad hips and accentuate your upper body. Hello, Elma dress!

The lovely sweetheart neckline is a true eye-catcher; the elastic in the sleeves adds volume at the shoulders; and the flowing A-line cut of the skirt conceals those wide hips.

Be sure to make the Elma in a fabric with a fluid drape.

 You could also turn the Elma into a top. Simply shorten the pattern to the desired length and take the pattern in a little along the darts. Or make it easy on yourself and order the Elma top PDF pattern.

 Choose a light-coloured or vibrant fabric and pair it with dark trousers or a skirt. Playing with colour is a fantastic way to balance your figure’s proportions.

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The Elma Dress for neat hourglasses

Following your natural curves and accentuating the waist are what counts when it comes to your body shape because your figure is naturally well-balanced.

The Elma dress preserves that balance by distributing the details in all the right places. It also highlights your waist.

Make the Elma dress in a fabric with a fluid drape or in something slightly stiffer. The secret is to keep it plain and keep it simple.

Your figure has got more than enough gorgeous curves. They don’t need any extra help. Less is more!

You could also turn the Elma into a top. Simply shorten the pattern to the desired length and take the pattern in a little along the darts. Or make it easy on yourself and order the Elma top PDF pattern.

Make the Elma in a light-coloured or striking fabric and pair with dark trousers or a dark A-line skirt. Don’t shy away from accentuating your upper body.

The Elma Dress for full hourglasses

Following your natural curves and accentuating the waist are what counts when it comes to your body shape because your figure is naturally well-balanced.

The Elma dress preserves that balance by distributing the details in all the right places. It also highlights your waist.

Make the Elma dress in a fabric with a fluid drape, such as viscose, satin, crepe, etc.  But keep it plain and keep it simple. Your figure has got more than enough gorgeous curves, so they don’t need too much extra help.

You could also turn the Elma into a top. Simply shorten the pattern to the desired length and take the pattern in a little along the darts. Or make it easy on yourself and order the Elma top PDF pattern. Make the Elma top in a light-coloured or striking fabric and pair with dark trousers or a skirt. Don’t shy away from accentuating your upper body.

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