Meet my latest make - Emery. I did make this a few weeks back so I have got a lot of wear out of this especially at the games and laterally at the festival. A little fox pas though - at the time of making this dress I did not realise how much it resembled the school tunic of Glasgow academy....
|Outside St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh|
|Lurking the close - Well as it is an emery I had to get a Dolly Clacket esque shot outside the door :p|
I bought the fabric back in April at Sherringham market in the pretty Norfolk town where me and the other half went on holiday - to visit where he grew up. I'm not really sure what the composition is but I melted a little bit of the inner waistband when I was presing it so there's at least a good %age of polyester in there... it was also all kinds of stretchy which made it a pain to sew.
I've read a few places that the bodice of the emery was a little short and sure enough after making a muslin (:O:O:O (only of the bodice though)) that it was indeed a little short. I also didn't like how high the neckline sat so edited the pattern to remove a small slice starting at the botton of the shoulder and along to the centre front.
|After adding a little bit of length at the lengthen/shorten lines allowed the bodice to hit my waist|
I didn't fancy the bow or the collar so made up the dress with none of the options but made sure to keep the inseam pockets. Im not sure I could wear this style with no pockets they're so darn handy! They're the perfect size for keys and a phone (both were totally in my pockets while taking photos) and are so effortlessly hidden within the fabric of the skirt when you're wearing the dress.
there was a slight offset occurred when hand stitching the waist - im not gonna lie you can notice it when worn but meh the front looks good!!
I'm thinking the back of this dress is still a little broad so the next time I'm going to either make the top back darts a little bigger or maybe cut the size down and only use 1/2 inch seams - does anyone have any thoughts on this fitting issue?
|Added bonus - the zip lined up!|
I really like the pattern for this dress - it really lends itself to large prints so much so I have another one ready to go - once the back issue is sorted!
The only thing i would do differently next time is to shorten the hem by about an inch so I don't have to take such a large hem.
Has anyone else made up the emery dress?
Also while i'm here I have a couple of shots of the cat print bronte I posted last week
|Another photo lurking around next to St Mary's|
A slightly closer shot the top is a little loose around the waist but then - thats how she wanted it!
Have a good week guys