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Free sewing pattern for the “Emily” Dress (April only)

Be it in the office, for window shopping or a barbecue evening – with a button facing dress you are always top-styled. Today we want to sew the dress “Emily” from our magazine “inspiration” with you:

You can download the pattern for free until April 30, 2022 with the link below the title “Download the free sewing pattern for the “Emily” dress (April only)”. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated. 

Missed the free download?

Are you too late, but you still really want to sew the dress? You can buy the pattern in the “inspiration” online shop at the following link:

Sewing the dress “Emily”

A flowing viscose fabric is ideal for this project since it is pleasant to wear and moves beautifully. The sleeves with slits are playfull and will keep you cool on hot summer days.


Buttons are this season’s must have. Whether big, small, plain or colourful: It’s clear that button-down dresses are totally popular again. We used the Button-sew-on foot # 18 to easily sew on the many buttons.

Image of Button Sew-On Foot #18.

Button Sew-On Foot #18

For sewing on buttons and hooks ✓  The rubberized sole holds the button firmly in place ✓  For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓ 

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A look into the Magazine

The pattern and sewing instructions for the “Emily” dress appeared in the spring issue 2020 of “inspiration”. Whether dresses, ethno look or sports fashion – you will certainly find great basics and leisure cuts and chic patterns for office wear. In addition, spring freshness and – literally – wild decoration ideas are also waiting for your home! Learn more about sewing in this edition’s online sewing course, also for beginners, by Annika Borchert and Lisa Janko-Grasslober. 

Cover of the 1-2020 issue of the inspiration Magazine

Issue 1/2020 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

You can buy the patterns and magazine online or have them conveniently delivered to your home. 

Download the free sewing pattern for the “Emily” dress (April only)

You can download the free sewing pattern for the “Emily” dress at the following link:

The link takes you to the BERNINA website. The pattern is available for free download during the month of April once you register for the BERNINA inspiration newsletter. 

Unzip the zip file containing the pattern

After downloading, you will have a zip file. In the extracted folder you will find:

  • Sewing instructions with information on materials, cutting out and sewing
  • A pattern in A4 format. You can print this out on your regular printer at home and stick the sheets together. Make sure you print out the pattern using the “original size” setting. Check the test square to make sure the pattern has been printed out in the correct size.

Please note that clicking the download button will automatically download the zip file to your computer. You will have to unzip it to access the PDF pattern. In Windows, you do this by right clicking on the file and clicking on the menu item “Extract all”. On a Mac, you can unzip zip files by double clicking the left mouse button.

Downloaded files are generally automatically put into the downloads folder, but this depends on the operating system, the device used and your local settings. If you download the file on your smartphone and cannot find the file or cannot unzip it, please try using a desktop computer.

Do you want to sew the dress, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the dress, but April 2022 is already over? No problem! You can order the magazine as a single issue (including the printed pattern) from the shop and have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun and success with your sewing!

Best wishes,


Free sewing pattern & instructions: „Emily“ dress

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  • antoinette morrow EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    we are still in April 22 but the free dress can only be downloaded for 5.99   did we mis understand that it was available throughout april 22 or did you mean march 22 today is april 13, 2022. I am signed up on your site and was before years ago.

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Antoinette,

      You have to scroll down more, the first link (to the inspiration shop) is for those who read the article after April, so that they can buy the pattern if they are interested in the dress but missed the free download.
      So if you click the link further down, you will be able to download it. If not, let me know and I can help you further or send it to you via email directly.

      Kind regards, Ramona from BERNINA International

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