Spring is here and I am READY! My dressing room is buzzing with originals in flora and fauna and geometrics of every kind! How is that possible, you ask? Well, though I didn’t post about it till last week, I made the bamboo leaf dress back in February! It took me a few weeks of hemming and hawing (ugh!) and reading sewblogs before I decided to join the conversation.
In the meantime, I’ve been busy! I’ll catch up with a photo shoot this week. But here’s a preview! Hmm. Seeing them all together, I’m thinking I should go find some solid colored fabric. I may get dizzy in my own closet!
This week’s creation: my first Emery Dress! After reading so much about this re-imagined vintage look by Christine Haynes, I had to try it.
I chose a cotton print by Ty Pennington, which I found at Textile Fabrics in Nashville. What an unusual find! You won’t see this in your average crafty warehouse store! I think the stylized fish and medallions give it a retro flair without going too far.
The Fit: I’ve stayed away from bust darts because they usually look funny on me, choosing princess seamed bodices instead. But I really wanted to make this dress. After several efforts I discovered I may not need an SBA, but just a lift at the shoulders! Of course! When I do that, everything falls pretty much into place!
Then I adjusted the neckline down a bit so the collar would fit. I didn’t have to cut the armholes down because that’s another area where I’m not normal – ha! Am I seeing a metaphor for life? Trying to find my style (casual, breathable fabrics in fun prints), I’m getting to know myself in other ways — finding my fit (not too tight or revealing, but not shapeless either).
Something to think about. Does this mean I should be living at the beach?
The Finish: I hadn’t done an invisible zipper in years so it took a little mental gymnastics but I remembered my Mom’s advice (trust the pattern!), and went for it. The result is very sleek. I’ll be doing it again. I hand stitched the lining (cotton lawn) along the waist and to enclose the zip, rather than machine stitching; it makes a nice clean look. Looks like I should’ve spent my time matching up the print though. Oh well. Next time!
I just love the collar on this dress! Maybe I’ll make it again in something dressy. Black silk? Chiffon?
Speaking of which, it turns out my biggest worry about restarting my sewing hobby – would I be able to find interesting fabric – is a nonissue! Yay for online fabric stores! The UPS truck is an exciting sight these days.
What are your favorite fabric websites? Or do your local stores sell online? Please share! This fabric addict needs a fix!