Emery Dress for the Dress Up Party

When Sara asked me to be a part of the Dress Up Party, two thoughts immediately came to mind.

1) Wow!  Yes!  Of course, yes!

2) Oh man!  What am I going to make?

Ever since I interviewed Christine Haynes for my podcast, I have wanted to try one of her patterns.  Ultimately, I chose the Emery Dress.  The fact there was a sew along already done helped seal the deal.  I am still a novice garment sewer so I wanted as much support as possible.

Emery Dress by Christine Haynes

From my past garment sewing experiences, I knew I needed to do a sleeve adjustment because I have chubby upper arms.  I used this tutorial.  The sleeve adjustment meant I needed to add additional armhole space.  Based on everything I had read, I also assumed I needed a full bust adjustment because I’m a F cup and have a difference of 2 inches between my high and full bust adjustments.  Luckily, there is a full bust adjustment tutorial for the Emery Dress.  I made both adjustments and added width to the skirt bodice to match my hip measurements.

There is a discount fabric swap meet by my house so I picked up some chambray for $2 a yard.  The hand is fantastic and the color stayed the same, even after the washes.  I would show you my first muslin but I look like a poorly dressed nun.  At least that is how my friend, Sarah, described me.  She is my garment sewing life line!

So onto the second muslin…

Since I added width to my arm holes to accommodate my sleeve adjustment, I didn’t need to do a full bust adjustment after all.  I did need to adjust the placement of my darts.  I also needed to remove fabric from my back bodice to compensate for the addition to the arm holes.

Based on advice from Sarah, my shoulder seam was adjusted at an angle to take in extra neckline.  I owe my husband for his pinning assistance.

For the first muslin, I added several inches to my skirt front and back because my measurements were larger than the largest size.  However, the gathering really allowed me to stick with the largest size so I removed my added width for the second muslin.

Here is the final garment.  (As a side note, I picked a windy and sunny day to take pictures.  I am not brilliant.  So this is what I look like when I squint!)

Emery Dress Blue background by Crafty Planner

Emery Dress Facing the Sun by Crafty Planner

“Oh, sun, you blind me!”

Emery Dress Squint Style by Crafty Planner

And the back (also known as the first time Sandi figured out how to sew an invisible zipper…without an invisible zipper foot!)

Back of Emery Dress by Crafty Planner

This pattern was really easy to follow and is appropriately rated for an intermediate sewer.  As with any garment, you have to adjust for your body and I learned a lot about fit.

Thank you, Sara.  I have a feeling I will be making more Emery Dresses in the future along with more garments.

Check out the rest of the schedule:

May 4 –          Idle FancySimplicity 1873

May 5 –          True Bias – Tessuti ‘Alice Top’
CashmeretteTilly and the Buttons ‘Coco’

May 6 –          Dreaming of Avonlea – Simplicity 2444
Very Kerry BerryMcCalls 6747

May 7 –          Sew Caroline –  Sew to Grow ‘Flatter Me Frock’
Ozzy BlackbeardTilly and the Buttons ‘Lilou Dress’

May 8 –          Peneloping – Grainline ‘Linden Sweatshirt’
Moore ApprovedSimplicity 6213

May 11 –        U & Mii

May 12 –        Crinkle Dreams – Butterick 6168
Young Texan Mama – Simplicity 6048

May 13 –        Handmade by Heather B – Colette ‘Hawthorn Dress’
Crafty Planner – Christine Haynes ‘Emery Dress’  (You are here!!!)

May 14 –        House of Pinheiro
                         Melissa – Stitch Upon a Time ‘Scrundlewear’

May 15 –        Lower Your Presser Foot – Simplicity 2724
Mrs. Crafty Chick – Simplicity 1161

May 18 –        Miss Crayola Creepy – Colette ‘Violet Blouse’
Scruffy Badger Time – Jalie 3351

May 19 –        Busy Lizzie in Brizzy
                         Shari – Sewaholic ‘Lonsdale Dress’

May 20 –        Fashion and Fishing – Kzjo Studio ‘ Genevieve
Cut Cut Sew – Pauline Alice ‘Turia Dungarees’

May 21 –        Goodbye Valentino
A Stitching Odyssey – Deer and Doe ‘Belladone Dress’

May 25 –        A Fashionable Stitch
Ladulsatina – Waffle Patterns ‘Marmelade Jacket’

May 26 –        See Kate Sew
                         Oh She Dabbles – Burda 115

May 27 –        Nancy – Patterns for Pirates ‘Everyday Elegance Shirt’
Sew Sweetness – Serendipity Studio

May 28 –        Almond Rock – Sewaholic ‘Cambie Dress’
Stars and Sunshine

May 29 –        Lucky Lucille – Butterick 6094
Adventures of a Young Seamstress – ‘Smooth Sailing Trousers’

Comments 2

  1. I love your dress! And, the shoes are fantastic!! I’ve just recently started listening to your podcast and I’m really enjoying it. All the best to you!

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      Thank you, Gayle! I appreciate your support. (And the shoes are Steve Madden Girl! I swear their foot model is my unknown twin. Their shoes always fit me perfectly. :))

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