Blue & Cream Vintagesque Emery

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My first attempt at Christina Haynes’ Emery Dress was pretty successful. The pattern was easy to follow and the fabric that I picked was just lovely. The fabric is from Ellie Magpie and this is the first time that I’ve sewn with linen. It was so easy to work with and a treat when pressing etc.

Overall, I didn’t have any major difficulties with the pattern, although I did cut it in the wrong size. I thought the size 14 measurements were the closest to my own but, in fact, the 12 is better for me. I contemplated making it a bit smaller by pinching in the side seams, shoulders and increasing the size of the darts but that sounds like a bit of a faff and, to be honest, I like the fact that this is looser  because I’ll primarily wear this during summer. Because it’s a bit bigger and it’s linen, the dress is super comfy!

I lined the dress with a soft pink cotton and inserted pockets in the same colour. The zip was a pretty good match to the lining.

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The way that the lining is inserted in this dress is amazing! I’d never thought of encasing the zip in that way and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it has revolutionised the way I handle linings. It looks fantastic! I’m so chuffed with how pretty this dress is on the inside.

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I’m also really happy with the waist match up at the back and with the way I’ve gathered the skirt. I saw that there were lots of cheat ways involving string etc. I just can’t seem to get the gathers right when I do it this way so I went back to the old two lines of baste and it worked out really well. I’m happy with the placement of the gathers although next time I think I’ll pin it on to my dressform so as to avoid adding bulk to the hips.

Overall, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this pattern and can’t wait to sew it again (in a smaller size). Expect to see many more of these in the near future in a variety of awesome lengths and fabrics!

 

 

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