Monday, 8 September 2014

Made By Me #32

The one I love an awful lot!  I found this fabric on an American site but must have missed it in the UK as I couldn't get this colour way anywhere.  Obviously only this colour way would do so I ended up ordering it from a seller on Etsy and paying £15 in customs fees.  Ouch.  That hasn't spoiled it for me though, it is one of my most worn dresses.  I love the graphic print and the combination of colours.  Purple will always be my favourite colour even if I don't get to wear it very often. 

The beautiful Olivia Burton watch was kindly sent to me by The Watch Hut.  It's from the Modern Vintage collection, I love that it has a vintage feel to it.  I really love the pretty faced watches but they aren't something I would wear but this one is spot on.  Quite literally!  The polka dot design on the face is really unusual but still simple and I have been looking for a navy strap watch for a while.  I have bought quite a few navy based fabrics recently and this will work so well with them.  Ace!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Dress: Made by me using Lizzy House Constellations
Shoes: Clarks

I received a comment on Saturday's post asking 'why do you always sew dresses with the same pattern/silhouette?'  Quite simply I only ever wear this silhouette.  If you look back through the ready to wear outfits featured over the past three years they are all the same silhouette.  It's what suits my body shape and what I feel most comfortable in.  As for why I only ever make the Emery then that too is pretty simple... I looked at the dresses in my wardrobe and realised I didn't really care for differing cuts.  I own 20+ versions of the Lucy dress by Emily and Fin for a start.  For me as long as it is the shape I feel comfortable in I am not too fussed on the pattern.  It's all about the fabric for me.  The Emery showcases fabrics perfectly, no waistband or princess seams to ruin the flow of the print.  Plus I have altered the Emery bodice so it fits me perfectly - no gaping or anything.  I have considered using a different pattern as I do own three I haven't yet used but I worry that I won't love the end result as much and I would wish I had made an Emery.  So there you go!  The Emery is my perfect dress - elbow length sleeves / full skirt / nipped in waist plus pockets.  I have made one with a v-back which I might do again and I might try my hand at adding a pleated skirt though I really, really, really hate ironing pleated skirts so I haven't convinced myself it's worth it yet!

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11 comments:

  1. I've made one Emery dress, but it's too big and gapes a lot around the neck, it's the first dress I've made. I cut out a second yesterday, so will let you know how I get on this time. I love this shape too, I've gone for shor sleeves though. Can't believe how fast you make them! I'm so slow. Do you have a quick way of doing the hand sewing parts?

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    1. I had gaping around the neckline, this tutorial sorted them out for me - http://bernieandi.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/pattern-alterations-how-to-remove-gaping-or-excess-fabric-from-neckline-of-a-fitted-dress/. I also had to narrow the shoulders as I have tiny shoulders.

      My quick way of hand sewing is to do as little as possible! I machine sew my hem rather than hand sew it and I don't always bother sewing the lining down. Off the top of my head the bits I do differently from the pattern are:

      Use a larger sleeve size as my arms are larger than my torso which means they are gathered at the top (I love the little puff this gives the sleeves)
      Use a regular dress zip rather than an invisible one as I don't care for invisible zips
      Use the full width of the fabric for the skirt rather than the skirt pattern which gives me a fuller skirt
      Machine hem the skirt

      Hope you enjoy making dress number two!

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    2. Thanks so much for the tips, they're a great help!

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  2. I love that you stick faithfully to your one Emery. It's like that film "In The Mood for Love" where the main character only ever wears one dress, but again in different fabrics. I also admire your restraint and confidence in knowing what suits you and makes you feel great. I am too tempted by all the pretty things and am far too flighty for such dedication! Keep up the good work! And the fabric is beautiful. Worth the hideous customs charges.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I haven't seen the film but I now want to, her wardrobe sounds perfect ;) haha.

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  3. Love the style on you plus the pattern and colour scheme.

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  4. I can totally identify with that! If I love something, then I like it in profusion- I had a Monsoon top I really liked so I bought it in 4 colours! If it works, why change it! Ahrgh, customs fees- I'm a bit worried as I ordered something from America via Etsy and I'm not totally sure of the value or how much I'll get charged- just out of interest-how much was the cost of your parcel for you to get charged £15?x

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  5. It's when I see dresses like this, this pattern, that I WISH I could do what you do! I have a cute of dress that I love that suits me so well and all my dresses are bought in this same cute but to make my own? AND be able to have pockets?? Oh one day! I'll have to find a class or something!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  6. it´s perfect love
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