It's All About The Sleeve! Merchant & Mills Edie

The past year or so has been all about the sleeve - voluminous statement sleeves that take an otherwise simple top or dress and turn it into something special.  And what we love is that it is a look that works for so many in a variety of fabrics. 

One of our favourite 'big sleeve' patterns is the Edie pattern from Merchant & Mills .  It can be made as a dress or a top, and it now comes in two size ranges: UK 6-18 and 18 - 28

Both Arna and Georgie have used this pattern to create beautiful wardrobe staples - if you visit us in store, you may very well see what I mean.  Arna made a top which she pairs with jeans or a skirt, while Georgie created a gorgeous linen fabric dress version.   

Top length:  We've had feedback from some of our customers, and Arna agrees, that the length of the top is a little short.  It hits right at the natural waist - so if you would like to make it a little longer, make sure you order extra fabric.  

We braved the cold on a beautiful winter's morning a few weeks back to snap some images of Georgie in her most well worn 'work uniform' to date.   In summer she throws it on with a pair of sneakers, while in winter Georgie has been wrapping up with boots, warm under layers and a cardigan or shawl if needed. 

Georgie made a size 10 in our Maison Washed Linen Fabric - Chestnut.  Her normal dress size is an 8 to a 10, and her bust measurements are 89cm and hips are 88cm. 

Edie dress sewing pattern
All her seams were French Seamed - her preferred method as not only is it a beautiful seam finish, but French Seams are also very durable and perfect when you only have a straight stitch machine at your disposal (such as an industrial or vintage machine)
edie dress merchant and mills
The only adjustment to the pattern was the cuff - the pattern calls for making and threading a tie through the cuff to create the ballon sleeve - however Georgie choose to create an elastic cuff using 25mm elastic.


 The neckline is bias bound that continues on to make a cute back tie closure.  

More details and sizing can be found if you link through to the Edie Dress & Top sewing pattern.


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Sewing Pattern Review The Edie Dress by Merchant and Mills


Hi Debi, thank you for the idea! We love that idea – we will look into that as a blog post or instagram post! Lets see what we can come up with! Best wishes the Miss Maude team!

Caroline October 12, 2021

Love this version of the dress with this linen. Heavy enough for all year round with layers. My only issue with sleeve volume is that you’re limited in what to wear for a coat or jacket – pairing a sleeve pattern with coat pattern options would be really helpful!

Debi Verkerk October 12, 2021

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