Made By Rae Patterns, Sewing

A Love Letter to the MBR Emerald Pattern

Made by Rae is getting ready to release this wonderful pattern. I made two versions of the dress, one of which I subsequently cropped to make a top, when the pattern first was in Making magazine and then pattern-tested the top last year and made 5 more versions. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this pattern. I loved making it and I love wearing my many versions. In a world of patterns that seem to all be copies of each other, this feels very original, classic, a great addition to your wardrobe. Am I a MBR superfan? Absolutely. My first garment sewing experience was Rae’s Trillium Dress (previously called Washi Dress) and that experience was so positive that it gave me the confidence to start sewing my own clothes. The rest is history.

Note: I was a pattern tester for the top version of the Emerald and received a fabric gift certificate for pattern testing. I had previously purchased the pattern when I purchased Making magazine. All opinions are my own, my blog is not sponsored and I don’t get any $ if you click on links.

Here are my 7 versions:

Loominous Dress first blogged about here
and as cropped, I wore this all last summer
Linen-Rayon blend first blogged here
I dressed it up and dressed it down. Wore all last summer.
love this dress
Liberty facings for the win 🙂
Slubby Chambray top
I love how the texture of this fabric shows off the bias design
as worn. wardrobe workhorse

with leggings and a Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan while working from home, early pandemic
Blue version of same chambray fabric
worn with MBR Rose pants
Linen-Rayon blend with contrasting facings due to fabric shortage
as worn, Me Made May 2020
with Made by Rae Cleo skirt. My facings on this version were a bit wonky due to pandemic shortage-no interfacing. Had I had interfacing and followed Rae’s instructions, they would be neater as they are in the grey version but I was in make-do mode. I still love and wear this version.
with Made by Rae Luna pants-I love this April Rhodes fabric-quilting cotton for the win!
Double gauze version. I didn’t sew the double gauze versions on the bias. I actually sewed them on the fold that they are just fine.
With Made by Rae Rose pants.
White Double Gauze-worn all the time-with Made by Rae Rose pants

I hope you have enjoyed this little gratitude post for this lovely pattern. Sewing the many top versions is part of how I coped with pandemic anxiety when I had little time and energy for sewing and for that I will always be very grateful. This is just one of the many reasons I am so glad that Rae is still persevering and creating beautiful, wearable designs and well thought out, clear instructions, despite a pandemic, parenting three children and #life. You go girl!

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4 thoughts on “A Love Letter to the MBR Emerald Pattern

  1. Christine R. says:

    I just found your blog and was wondering about the yellow overalls you’re wearing in your header pic. What pattern are those??? Super cute!

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    • Thank you so much! They are the Burnside bibs by Sewhouse7. I make them shirt because I didn’t have a lot of fabric but I really love them and keep meaning to sew another pair.

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