Hi all! It’s back-to-school time here, and it looks like fall has arrived just in time. I tried to give myself a couple of responsibility-free weeks at the end of the summer, and it seems like it did the trick. I’m much more relaxed going into this school year (it also helps that grad school is over) and I’ve found myself with a much more manageable schedule, which means more time for SEWING! WIN!
In those last couple of weeks before school started up again, I made myself a sewing goal. I really wanted to be able to go back to school with 5 new dresses: something new to wear every day that would be comfortable and would transition into the fall. I started with these two (1, 2), and this one is the third. I fell one dress short, as I’m just finishing up the 5th dress now (and I may put it on the back burner since it’s a bit summery). But, I’m excited to go back to school with lots of pretty dresses!
I’d like to think that this Emery is a little more special than the others I made, because I really took my time with the details. The reality is that it’s only special because the fabric is glorious. I first spotted this fabric when Sarai posted another dress made up from it on the Colette blog. I honestly wouldn’t have given it a second thought if I hadn’t seen hers. The photos didn’t do it justice at all…plus I’m not usually one for black. One glance and I was hooked.
This print checked off all my boxes: flowers, butterflies, and bows. In person, it’s much more gray than black, too, which made me happy. The lining is a remnant of shirting that I found at Vogue ages ago, and it was a happy coincidence that it matched the accents of the print perfectly. I’m going through a bit of a bow phase right now, so it just made sense to add a bit of contrast to the skirt.
The only thing I regret? I forgot to staystitch the neckline and it stretched out big time. The lining didn’t stretch quite as much, so there’s a bit of a bagging at the neckline. Not a huge deal, though. This dress is still fabulous. I also tried mega hard to match up the back seam. Failed. Oh well. Also worth noting: the fabric (if you were lucky enough to snag some) doesn’t have the greatest recovery. There are tiny pinholes everywhere a pin stuck through fabric, which includes a side seam I had to unpick and re-sew…
|ALSO, I really need some hooks and eyes…mine went missing!|