Okay, first let me say, HOLY MOLY sorry for that 2 month hiatus from blogging! Sometimes life gets in the way and things happen and family visits and then you go on epic 3 week long trips the the UK… But enough about that, on to this most recent amazing make..
Meet my new Emery Dress!! Why the heck did I wait so long to buy and make this pattern??
I went to Quiltcon this year because amazingly, it was held in the city that I live in. It was AMAZING and I almost cried when I found out they weren’t going to hold it here anymore. Anyways, while I was there, I got into a conversation about how so many dress patterns are REALLY not suited for women with ample boobies. I happen to be one of those ladies who has huge ladies. It is true. I actually went to a proper bra shop the other day and found out the sad truth that “I’m fit, I’m flirty, and I’ve got double Fs” (anyone here a fan of the Gordie Shore? lol) Anyways, she said that people in our situation usually adore the Emery dress pattern so I bought it right then and there. And honestly, the more I’ve looked around the interwebs at other people’s versions of this dress, I’m inclined to say that chesty girls actually make this dress look best! Anyways, fast forward two months and I finally made it!
Taking my measurements, I traced out the size 10 and did an FBA on it. Then I made up my muslin, thinking there were probably going to be crazy other alterations that I would have to do as well to make it fit my body, because that is the experience that I’ve had with all other patterns so far. Now I’m not sure if it is due to my shiny new bras that actually fit me or the fact that this pattern KICKS ASS, but that muslin sure seemed to fit me perfectly right then and there!! COULD IT REALLY BE??
I bought this awesome Nani Iro double gauze fabric during one of the Austin Fabric Shop Hops at Bunny’s Designs. I only had 2 yards of it and was really hoping I could squeeze this dress out of it.. The pattern calls for almost 4 yards so I was doubting it, but then I realized that if I left it unlined (as I wanted to anyway, it is HOT here in Texas, let’s keep that fabric at a minimum!!) and made it sleeveless (which I also wanted initially), I could TOTALLY DO IT! Unfortunately, this bolt measured less than 45″, it was more like 43″ or something weird, I had to cut RIGHT up to the edge of the fabric, which leaves a line down the back where print stopped and the selvage started. I actually like the effect though, so yay for happy accidents!
I didn’t even LOOK at the instructions for this dress, it all seemed pretty straightforward. Especially since I did my own thing with it anyway. Since I made it sleeveless, I carved away 1/2 inch from the shoulders to make it more flattering. I used bias tape to finish the neck and armholes. That caused me some strife. I hand sewed those suckers on first, which took some time and patience, but then I didn’t like the way they looked, they were getting puckery maybe because the fabric is double gauze and the binding is quilting cotton? I don’t know, but I wasn’t totally happy with the results, so I picked those stitches that I labored over and then cut away more and pressed some more and then just machine stitched those suckers on. There is now visible topstitching on the dress, but I prefer that to the wonky puckers. Maybe next time I WILL add the lining.. I do prefer the finished look of no top stitching.
OH I almost forgot, instead of gathering the skirt, I made some pleats instead. I didn’t want so much poofiness in my skirt, after all, I am a lady in my 30s, I don’t need to call any more attention to this belly that has held two babies inside it. It was pretty easy, I just made little 1 inch marks and pleated them, it all worked out pretty easily and evenly (thank goodness)
The only thing I will change about this next time I sew this is I will make it a tad longer.. There isn’t much room for bending over without being indecent! Other than that, I’m pretty stoked about the fit! Unless anyone sees anything I can fix? I have this AMAZING pheasant fabric I bought in Edinburgh that reminds me of the shots we heard while in a farm in Charing, England, where apparently they were hunting pheasants… morbid, but family trip memories!! YAY! I want to make sure that dress is perfection!
OH and photo credit to Millie, who is turing into a pretty damn good 5 year old photographer. She took over TWO HUNDRED pictures of me in under 5 minutes. “Sorry, Mom, I guess I got a little too into it!” LOL I love that girl. A couple of these poses were absolutely necessary, according to her and I’ve been led to believe her creative visions are better than mine, so I kept them for the blog.