This ended up being such a cute dress pattern. I liked the tester photos I saw on the website, but after making it – I like it even more than I thought I would!
This sewing pattern is the Batwing Dress from Ellie and Mac. The dress pattern has a few different skirt options:
- Tunic Length Skirt
- Knee Length Skirt
- Ankle Length Skirt
The bodice portion is the same with all skirt lengths. It has dolman sleeves that end just below the bicep. The neckline is a v-neck in both the front and back. The back neckline also has ties that add a fun detail, as well as help keep the dress in place on the wearer. The waistline is elasticized (in a casing) at the natural waist (where you bend).
This pattern is for woven fabrics only.
Here’s the line drawing from Ellie and Mac Patterns:
I used a woven fabric in turquoise with flowers on it that I picked up from Knitpop’s Clearance Section a while back for a great price.
I’m pretty sure it is Rayon Challis as it has a beautiful drape and a very soft brushed feel to it. But truly I fell in love with the color and the flowers just took it up a notch!
By the way, I truly do love flowers, you can see lots of flower pics on the Let’s Go Hobby gardening instagram profile by clicking HERE.
I chose to make the knee length skirt for this dress. I think the length is really cute. I will warn you though, that if you don’t want to show your thighs, this may not be the length for you.
The skirt is a handkerchief style which means it is a square shape as seen from above if the skirt is laid out flat. And the four points of the square come lower while the sides are shorter. You can see what I mean in the picture below.
Fun and Flirty right?
But if this length is not your style, don’t worry as you can make a tunic length (mid thigh length) and wear it with pants or shorts. Or, make it the full dress length down to the ankles. Full length will also allow you to wear the dress year ’round right?
I have to say that the ties in back are genius. A v-neckline in front and back can be a fall off the shoulder nightmare to wear. But, the ties fix this as well as add interest to the dress pattern!
It took me a hot second to figure out how close the ties should be in back, but it really makes a difference in the feel of wearing the garment. I think it would also be really cute to make the ties in a complementary fabric so that they stand out!
Where to Find the Pattern
If you are interested in making this dress pattern yourself, you can find it on the Ellie and Mac website by clicking the link below:
Be sure to check out the other tester photos as there are some awesome sewists that test for Ellie and Mac. Plus, it helps you pick which options are your favorite!
Hope this pattern review helped, please let me know if you have any questions by commenting below!
If you like Ellie and Mac, you can see other blog posts I’ve done about their patterns by clicking HERE.