Sunday, 30 March 2014

My Full O' Heart Emery

After making my first Emery I knew I'd be making another version up in the near future, especially as it's the perfect dress for the #SewDollyClackett sew-along! All I needed was a quirky print. A few weeks ago, on a lovely lunch and fabric shopping date with Oanh of Unique Shmuck, I found this fantastic heart print in Clear It (e.g. the Alannah Hill outlet). I'm not entirely sure what it is but I suspect some sort of poly blend. We each bought 2m at $5m (score!).

Heart Emery Dress

My first dress has some excess room in the neckline which the ladies at Social Sewing helped me pin out. We decided that an easy fix would be to take in the shoulder seams 1/2". So, like my first attempt, I cut a waist chest 6/waist 8 with no further alterations.

Heart Emery Dress

I changed my mind about this dress quite a few time as I sewed. First I cut a collar in the self fabric and planed to use piping for some visual interest. I sewed the piping and tried adding the collar but it was just too much. The print was OTT enough without adding cutesy details. This reminded me that Roisin always nails to balance OTT prints with simple lines.

Heart Emery Dress

I had planned on using bias binding for the finishings instead of a lining. I changed my mind about this too. The fabric doesn't breath well so I added a spotty cotton lining. Unfortunately I didn't decide to do this until I'd sewn in the back zipper and centre back seams. I couldn't figure out how to add the lining as usual without unpicking which I wasn't up for. I ended up adding the lining to the neckline and center back as usual but binding the arm holes. Other than  issues caused by my indecisiveness the dress sewed up as well and as quickly as my first attempt. 

Heart Emery Dress

The fit is a little better around my neckline but there is still some gape at the back of the neckline. If I sew the dress again I might just  increase the SA at the neckline Centre back easing into the 5/8"as I go down. I know this isn't a technical fix, but I'm a home-sewer and can do as I please. 

Heart Emery Dress

Now, while the fabric is amazing, it's also quite thick! Thick fabric and gathering aren't the best of friends. Where as the skirt on Emery number 1 just hangs, my Full O'Heart Emery skirt is incredibly fru-fru! So poofy that I considered not bothering finishing it. After some instagram encouragement I finished the dress and wore it out that same night where I received many lovely comments on it. The fabric while thick presses quite well. It would have been well suited to an Elisalex and can you imagine this fabric for a Robinson Trench coat?!

Heart Emery Dress

Overall, I 'heart' this dress, and I'm dotty for the lining! Too much? I'm so glad this fabric popped up for the #SewDollyClackett sewalong. Are you planning on joining in? If so, are you planning more than one dress? Roisin has such great dress, shoe, cardy combo's. This sew-along has definitely made me rethink my very small shoe collection so I popped on a bright jumper to make up for my lacking shoe department. You can grab your copy of the Emery Dress pattern here.


32 comments:

  1. I'm so glad for you that you finished this dress Liz - it looks fantastic, incredibly flattering :)

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    1. Thanks Renee! I've been receiving great compliments on it. As much as I like it I wonder if others like it on me more than I do?

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  2. This looks great, glad you decided to finish it! It's definitely a Dolly Clackett dress! Love the dotty lining too :)

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    1. Thanks Lou! the lining make me so happy :)

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  3. Your dress is beautiful and I love the pouffiness, I ahjve embraced whooshy skirts of late. I have the same issue with gaping at the back neck. I solved it by putting the zip in the side seam and sewing a dart in the centre backmneck edge.

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    1. Thats a great idea. I like a whooshy skirt when intended. I think this fabric surprised me a bit.

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  4. It's so pretty! I love the hearts and the poufyness of the big skirt, and the fact you went with a bright jumper in lieu of Dolly Clackett style shoes. So cute!

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  5. This is gorgeous, such a fabulous print! And it's a great Dolly Clackett dress! :)

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    1. Thanks! it's hard to know if you print is wild enough for the lovely Roisin.

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  6. LOL @ "I'm a home-sewer and I can do as I please"
    *slow claps*

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  7. This fabric is so cute!!! I want!!

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    1. I bought it a few weeks back from Clear it and there were like 4 bolts. They might still have some you could snap up! and at $5 m you cant go wrong!

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  8. This looks great and I love the underlining you did; very clever! Belladone is still high on my list for this fabric (of course); but I'm also thinking Sureau or even ... trousers! Who knows what will happen! (and don't hold your breath either because ... I'm slow!)

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    1. Breathing deeply :) thin cut pants would be amazing!

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  9. This is so lovely, and such a perfect Dolly Clackett dress. I am making mine when I have a break from uni work

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to seeing what you come up with

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  10. The dress is great, definitely worth all the effort! Love the print! I think I need to make a trip to the shop where you bought the fabric from!

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    1. It's a hit and miss store with some really interesting and unusual fabrics! Plus it's right next to the Fabric Store

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  11. Lovely dress! The fabric is really pretty and I don't think the skirt is too poofy at all - it looks great!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! It feels pretty to wear too!

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  12. Very cute, and it fits you so well!

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  13. Which Clear It do you go to? I see there is one in Bridge Rd and Brunswick St. It is wonderful to see that they can sell fabric!

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    1. I go to the one in Brunswick St. The fabric is in the right hand corner upstairs. It's very hit and miss but ever changing. Good luck!

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