In those last couple of weeks before school started up again, I made myself a sewing goal. I really wanted to be able to go back to school with 5 new dresses: something new to wear every day that would be comfortable and would transition into the fall. I started with these two (1, 2), and this one is the third. I fell one dress short, as I'm just finishing up the 5th dress now (and I may put it on the back burner since it's a bit summery). But, I'm excited to go back to school with lots of pretty dresses!
I'd like to think that this Emery is a little more special than the others I made, because I really took my time with the details. The reality is that it's only special because the fabric is glorious. I first spotted this fabric when Sarai posted another dress made up from it on the Colette blog. I honestly wouldn't have given it a second thought if I hadn't seen hers. The photos didn't do it justice at all...plus I'm not usually one for black. One glance and I was hooked.
This print checked off all my boxes: flowers, butterflies, and bows. In person, it's much more gray than black, too, which made me happy. The lining is a remnant of shirting that I found at Vogue ages ago, and it was a happy coincidence that it matched the accents of the print perfectly. I'm going through a bit of a bow phase right now, so it just made sense to add a bit of contrast to the skirt.
The only thing I regret? I forgot to staystitch the neckline and it stretched out big time. The lining didn't stretch quite as much, so there's a bit of a bagging at the neckline. Not a huge deal, though. This dress is still fabulous. I also tried mega hard to match up the back seam. Failed. Oh well. Also worth noting: the fabric (if you were lucky enough to snag some) doesn't have the greatest recovery. There are tiny pinholes everywhere a pin stuck through fabric, which includes a side seam I had to unpick and re-sew...
|ALSO, I really need some hooks and eyes...mine went missing!|
Fabric: Floral Cotton from Mood
Pattern: Emery from Christine Haynes
Adjustments: See this post