This fabric totally reminds be of those dresses Julie Andrews made for all of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Anyone else?
I was always totally impressed with how Maria managed to sew like 12 outfits out of 2 curtains in a matter of hours. While I now know that the enormous curtains totally would have provided adequate yardage, I still don’t get how they went to sleep one night with no play clothes and woke up the next day with a whole wardrobe of curtain clothes. Maria must have gotten a little help from the nuns down the mountain.
I digress. This fabric was a gift from the lovely Sally who got it from an estate sale that seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving. I think this is the second dress I’ve made with the yardage she got that day, and she’s still got TONS of it left.
This is, of course, the Emery dress. I’m 100% Emery obsessed, so if you love seeing dresses with gathered skirts made out of cotton, this is the new place to be. If not, sorry. You get what you get and you don’t get upset. (Teacher friends, it’s totally that time of year again.)
My first Emery is still a favorite, but this Emery is a serious upgrade.
First, the fabric. It’s super vintage looking (and, ya know, actually vintage) and I love the colors. I think they’ll transition really well into fall, and this will look great with a cropped cardigan.
Second, it doesn’t wrinkle really easily. I took these photos after a day at work (and car rides with seat belts) and I’d like to think it still looks pretty good. Win!
Third: bow. Enough said.
Fourth, I spent a lot of time making this one pretty on the inside. My waist seam matches up perfectly at the zipper. I did an all-in-one finish lining on the bodice using this method and it looks really awesome. I even took the time to hand-stitch the lining down at the waistline, which I NEVER do. It looks pretty sweet.
Fifth, house ribbon as a hem finish. It’s like the house in the mountains in The Sound of Music. Perfection.
I made a couple of extra alterations to the pattern this time around (like incorporating that emergency wedge into the armscye) that I think made a big difference in the fit. I also had enough fabric to use the original skirt. I’m diggin’ the longer length.
This pattern is officially one of my favorite things.
Finished with the Von Trapp-ian theme? NEVER
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes
Fabric: Gifted from Sally
All alterations from the last version plus:
-additional 1/2 in swayback adjustment at upper back
-1/4 in wedge removed from front armscye