Bloody Hell, why didn’t I just listen to all of you and make up my Christine Haynes Emery pattern as soon as I got it? I am now cursing myself for all the time I wasted when I could have been making Emerys.
It took the Sew Dolly Clackett! challenge to finally persuade me to make it. I’ve been short of time and sanity recently but this was one challenge I was not going to miss. I mean, sod the prizes. You are offering me the chance to gratuitously copy any of Roisin’s dresses without looking like a stalker – of course I’m bloody doing it!
This is my first attempt, a tribute to her many nautical dresses. For example this, this and of course this one from the same print as I am using, but in red. It had to be an Emery. Roisin has made loads and I can totally see why. This was supposed to be a wearable muslin so I didn’t actually expect to get a good fit but it is pretty bloody close straight out of the packet! For me this is the holy grail of dress patterns – something that I can just cut out and sew, no faffing about, safe in the knowledge that it the fit will be good, if not perfect. Okay, not quite, I had to take it in about an inch at the top centre back before I put the zipper in. A minor tweak though. Apart from that this dress felt effortless to make and fits better than any other dress I have made.
I was a bit concerned about the fabric, even for a wearable muslin. It came from the stash and I’m not sure where I bought it but it feels kind of crispy. I was worried that it wouldn’t hang right but actually it has just the right amount of body. I even managed to set the sleeves in with no puckers first time round.Lapped zipper, it could do with a press, and absolutely no attempt at pattern matching because I couldn’t be arsed.
Whitstable Brewery Bar, we did the photos outside. If you ever get a chance try their Oyster Stout, do. They do it on draft but you can also buy it in bottles. I am bloody addicted to the stuff, it’s like a pint of cold dark chocolate in alcoholic form. Okay, that probably doesn’t make it sound that nice but it really is delicious. Highly recommended if you get a chance to try it
My photographer gets bored easily:
Anyway, back to the sewing. Emery is everything that I hoped that Simplicity 2444 and Colette’s Peony would be. I love both those patterns on other people but there were just too many fitting problems for me. Emery, however, captures the style I was after and is pretty much hassle free. Because there are no fitting issues I can knock one together in a few hours, it doesn’t take stupid amounts of fabric, it is modest enough for work and I have loads more planned. I bloody love it.
(and no apologies for the excessive use of ‘bloody’ in this post. Needs must…)