edith dress MariaDenmark

Here’s Edith: (you could win fabric!)


After months of drawing, drafting, cutting, printing, sewing, muslining, correcting, sewing and finally grading and writing (and you guys waiting), Edith is ready!

edith dress MariaDenmark

I was first inspired to draft and sew the Edith blouse, when I was looking through a photo album with pictures of my paternal grandmother (“Farmor” in Danish) from the mid 50s. So I named it after her.


This is one of the few pics I have at home of my grandmother Edith in the mid 50s. She’s on the left with my uncle standing and my father in the stroller. It’s her sister wearing a dress with a rounded lapel and collar on the right.

Unlike what you see in tv series and movies, the dresses my farmor and her sisters wore were not as moviestar elegant and had much less width in the skirts. But the rounded collar and lapel details were really flattering and was just what I wanted. I didn’t intend then to make a pattern to sell, but when the people on twitter said they wanted one, I decided to give it a go.


Relaxing after the photo shoot. That’s my bathroom window behind me – with shampoo bottles etc.. ahem…

And here she is, finally!

So what is she like? Why should you make your own Edith?

Well, she is an absolutely timeless blouse or shirtdress, with softly rounded collar and lapels and is very flattering to all body shapes. She gently skims the curves, and you can wear her anywhere for any occasion – with out ever getting tired of her company.

Wear the blouse with skinny jeans or trousers for work or play and the knee length dress for a night out or for shopping, depending on your fabric choice. Put on a close fitting  cardigan to match the style in the autumn and winter. For hourglass or pear body shapes: Wear a belt with the dress to emphasise your tiny waist.

So how can you get this lovely pattern? You can get it right HERE!

Oh, and I promised that you can win fabric!

That’s right! If you like the blouse I’m wearing at the picture above, you can win enough of the exact same fabric (95 cm of red polka dot cotton poplin) to make your own + some extras!


Here’s how: Talk about this pattern and/or share this blog post link (you can use the buttons at the end of this post) on Twitter, Facebook or on your blog and leave a comment telling me you did so before midnight CET August 10th 2013, and I’ll draw a winner randomly next Sunday..

18 replies
  1. MaLora says:

    Love the dress, and the story behind it. It is especially cute with a cardigan!

    I love the red polka dot fabric too, and twittered about your giveaway !

  2. Heather Bee (@KnitNBee) says:

    Hooray, this is a beautiful pattern. I tweeted about your giveaway. Everyone should have one.

  3. Sewing princess says:

    Edith is so lovely! I love the chambray with red buttons! I will tweet about it in a moment. The giveaway is great…if only stoff og still shipped to Italy I would buy their fabric immediately!

  4. Kirsten says:

    Love the dress AND the blouse, they are on my “to-do” list for when I get back from vacation, speaking of which….. Please order some more of the great weather you’ve been having, I’m landing in Billund this coming Friday (aug 9) and spending 4 weeks in Denmark.
    Im posting the dress on Facebook

  5. Jessica Brandon says:

    Hi Maria – Designing a dress from a family photo is not only brilliant but a wonderful way to embrace family. Yesterday morning I purchased your Lovely Edith, then displayed her on my blog as an up-and-coming project. I am looking forward to making her, after the 90+ degrees ease off and my sewing room is cooler. This has been a very strange summer here in Oregon!


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