Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Why Emery?




This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while if only to make it easier to answer the question I get asked frequently… why do you only sew the Emery pattern? This isn’t a justification; I can make whatever I want and however many I want thank you very much. Recent chatter over on GOMI (Yep I read the crafting forum and no I do not think you're all haterz) means there is no time like the present so here we go…

First up I guess I need to explain a bit about me and what makes me tick. I have obsessive habits and I always have. I am the girl who had exactly the same filling in her sandwiches the whole way through school. I can’t do something without giving it my all which is one of the reasons I don’t read, once I start a book I can’t stop until it’s finished which doesn’t go to well with sleeping and needing to get up for work in the morning. I have had other hobbies before and they become all-consuming until I get bored and usually stop altogether. My work colleagues miss me baking!

Before I started sewing I bought a lot of dresses, many are documented on this blog. I wouldn’t think twice to buying multiple dresses a week, after all if I can afford it then why shouldn’t I. When I first started sewing I looked through my ready to wear wardrobe and quickly realised that I am not really that fussed about different dress patterns, for me it is all about that print. As long as it had a fitted bodice, a full skirt and a high neckline I wasn’t that fussed. Add pockets and sleeves and I was in heaven. I absolutely adore Emily and Fin but only really bought a few styles, namely the Lucy and more recently the Abigail. They are pretty similar in style though I prefer the Abigail as it fitted me better and didn’t have a waistband. I used to have to cover up half of the pretty fabric with a cardigan which was a shame but it was either cute sleeveless dress or no dress. I own around 50 Emily and Fin dresses all giving a very similar silhouette but all feel different to me due to the varying prints.

Quite simply I only ever wear this silhouette. If you look back through the RTW outfits featured over the past few years they are all the same silhouette. It's what suits my body shape and what I feel most comfortable in. 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 which is something I have had to put up with from high street dresses. I have considered using a different pattern but don’t feel the need to as it would only ever be a variation of a theme. Will I get bored making the same dress over and over? Probably not, I like the repetitive nature. It means I can clear my mind and de-stress. Why do I make so many? I have the time and the price of the fabric is considerably less than I was spending per dress. My desire for pretty new dresses hasn’t waned it’s just that rather than buy them I now make them myself. Do I think I will stop sewing like I have quit other hobbies? I really don’t think this will happen, it gives me so much and unlike baking doesn’t make me gain weight. Do I get bored wearing the same dress all the time? Hell no! How do I store them? I have several large wardrobes – I gave most of my RTW clothing to charity so now have loads of room.


I would also like to add that a million dresses is not a sewing blog. It started as a personal style and lifestyle blog but I now just happen to sew and wear dresses I have made myself. I am very much a novice so you will never find tutorials or the like here even though I have been approached by several companies in the past offering me sponsorship to do so. You will never find me sewing in stretch fabrics, I just don't like them and yep I turned down free lycra too. Learning to sew and churning out 100+ dresses has given me a lot of pleasure and if the emails I get are anything to go by I have also inspired others to take up sewing which can only be a good thing.  People always want different things out of the same hobby, do it for different reasons, in different ways and have different motivations.  What would be really boring is if we were all the same.

To the person who commented on the proportions – the bodice ends on my natural waist and I like my hem to hit my knee. I lengthened the bodice so it hit me on the waist, where do you suggest it should fall? It is my body that is out of proportion it seems.

PS, I am an Aquarius.

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36 comments:

  1. Boom. Well said that woman.

    I was having a conversation just this week with some colleagues & I said I'm always baffled when people find it necessary to comment on other people's lifestyles - what they eat, how they exercise etc etc. And now, what someone is wearing or sewing. You are making the dresses you want, for yourself, you're not saying anyone else should only wear Emery dresses so why would you a) care and b) care so much that you felt you needed to literally talk about it on the interwebs?

    People be cray.

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    1. Everyone has an opinion on everything these days so it is to be expected. It would be so boring if we all only did the same things in the same way.

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  2. WOW didn't realize that there was a specific place for people to go and hate on sewing bloggers?? Regardless of what they think, I love your dresses, and can totally see why you make only Emery's. :)

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    1. Oh you should see the fashion forums on GOMI, now that is rough! At least the crafting forums mainly avoid body snark.

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  3. Gomi can be an awful place... it amuses me that people spend so much time reading a blog they hate then posting all the comments. If you have found the perfect silhouette for you and you can make it afford it then woohooo. Maybe one day I'll be able to do the same because it is so frustrating struggling to find clothes you like and fit. Also the prints you find are fabulous!

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    1. I'm so glad I don't have that struggle anymore, poorly fitting RTW clothing is depressing!

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  4. I think your dresses are fab and freely admit to totally copying one of your Christmas ones - make and wear what you want as you always look great :-)

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    1. awww thanks love, that was one awesome dress!

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  5. Sarah, I bloody love your blog & this has made me love it even more.
    I think it's awesome that you have found a style that you're comfortable in & happy to wear on a daily basis.
    Those people on GOMI have nothing better to do than hate on others.
    xo

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    1. Thank you! It is the best feeling, all I have to do each morning is decide what kinda print I am in the mood for. Dressing is a breeze now!

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  6. Hi Sarah, I really enjoy your blog and lookimg at your lovely dresses!! I must admit to have wondered in the past why you only sewed one pattern, so it was very interesting to read this post. I have been lurking GOMI for a long time and I was surprised to see your blog mentioned, as it's not really a sewing blog, more a fashion/lifestyle blog for which you make your own dresses (if that makes sense). However, you reacted in a lovely, polite, respectful way to the comments. Looking forward to seeing many more emerys in the future :)

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    1. yep totally agree, my blog isn't a sewing blog and never will be. There will be many more Emerys in the future and that's something I am happy with!

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  7. I don't see that you have to justify yourself at all but it was interesting reading why. Your's and Roisin's blogs inspired me to have a go at sewing, I've now made 17 Emery dresses. I really like the pattern, I've only sewn the short sleeves version so far, but am going to have a go at the longer soon, have to make them a bit narrower and shorter. I am going to have a go of a circle skirt too. I too prefer a fitted bodice and full skirt in all the dresses I wear so this is just the perfect shape for me I think. And it has pockets!
    I keep thinking I should try another pattern, I've looked at the Mortmain dress, but not keen on the waist band and the Sew Over It Betty dress, but really I prefer sleeves, so Emery it is!
    I've looked much less at shop bought dresses since learning to sew this dress, except for something in a special fabric. I really like now that I have got the fit right for me on this dress, and I prefer to wear one of my own dresses over something that doesn't fit quite right.

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    1. That's awesome Victoria! I have the Mortmain and don't like the waistband either, Roisin has made it without the waistband, just lengthened the bodice. I'm totally with you on this, there is nothing better than wearing something you love and made! Do you instagram your dresses? I don't seem to be following you!

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    2. Unless making a plain dress I'm not sure many prints will look that great with the waist band, then if I leave it out, I may as well make another Emery!
      Think I've only instagrammed one or two dresses, must do more, I'm missvictoria62 on Instagram.

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  8. I totally understand you! I have a very similar personality I think. If I find something I like, I want it in every colour, every version of it and if you have found your ultimate dress, go for it! If I sewed, I think I would probably stick to one dress too as I am really bad at sewing and I like repetitive tasks! Really, GOMI has had a radge? Ahrgh, I've seen this on several blogs I like, not you now, surely??x

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    1. Haha! Yeah that's a standing joke in my family, if I find something I like I buy it in every colour. Got a bit obsessed with the navy spot Abigail dress to the point I bought two back ups just in case something happened to one!!

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  9. Wow - I thought the sewing community was supposed to be a collective of individuals, mainly women, who want to be empowered by taking ownership of what goes on their bodies. Turns out some folk just want to turn the community into Mean Girls.
    Well done for being so gracious about the issue - I wouldn't be, I'd be getting that feed of bitchy comments printed on fabric and would be making an Emery dress out of it.

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    1. Haha that made me laugh, that would make for one funny Emery!

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  10. Great post! ๐Ÿ˜„ I must admit to having wondered about this in the past, so it was interesting to read your reasons why only the Emery. I love all the prints you use, so much fun to look at. ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. I get that a lot of people don't get it but am perfectly happy with that! There is so many awesome prints out there waiting to be made into an Emery dress ;)

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  11. I love your blog, I love your style, I love the Emery and your choose the most beautiful fabrics, if I could sew even a remotely straight line I would make my own dresses in a heartbeat. One day, I'll get a machine and some fabric and give it a go but right now I'll just pick out fabrics and wish for the talent and time to fall from the sky hehe! Never give up on your dresses or your style and do it/wear it for as long as it makes you happy!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I really appreciate your continued support! Don't forget I only started sewing just under a year ago, I truly believe if I can do it anyone can so pluck up that courage and take the plunge.

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  12. Really enjoyed reading your response and had a couple of laugh out loud moments - I'm so guilty of eating the same sandwich every day! haha. I'm also prone to buying pieces in at least three colourways if I love the style. Good for you for knowing what you like and embracing it. I always look forward to seeing your next Emery. That photo of your wardrobe... WOW! And you're right, the style of the Emery dress is absolutely perfect for patterned fabrics.

    I also can't believe there's actually a place online where people bitch about other bloggers..?!? I've read a few pages from your link and just don't get it. If you don't like what a particular person is blogging about then don't read it! Click and move on to something else you might enjoy.

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    1. Nice to know there are a few more weirdos out there, hehe!! Maybe we should start a same sandwich club.

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    2. Haha, I would most definitely join. We could put our favoured sandwich fillings on a badge - "jam sandwich girl"

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  13. I love you lady! <3 Your handmade wardrobe puts most to shame and you should be so pleased with yourself, going from zero to 100 in such a short time! Keep at it and doing what you love! And as always, I'm honored that it was my pattern that launched this in you. XOXO

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    1. Thanks Christine, I am incredibly proud - just under a year ago I didn't have a clue how to sew a dress. I am still learning but having fun on the way and yep I have a wardrobe full of pretty dresses so that makes me a winner in my eyes and that's all that counts!

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  14. Wow, just wow. I had no idea GOMI even existed before this post, and I have just lost 15 minutes of my life reading through what people think about you. I can't believe people have nothing better to do with their time than slate what you're doing. It is no-one elses business but your own. Whatever happened to 'live and let live'. Why do people have to do each other down? Why the need to write nasty snide remarks. So what if you sew the same dress? Exactly who's business is it except your own? You're not stealing the fabric, you're not plagiarising anything, you're just getting on with what makes you feel happy. There are far worse crimes out there than a little bit of sewing.

    Carry on doing what you're doing. Don't feel the need to justify it.

    For the record, I bloody love your fabric choices. And the Emery shape really does suit you.

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  16. your emery dresses are really lovely - with some fab prints

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  17. Like Rachel, I had no idea GOMI existed and have just lost a chunk of my life reading through it!! I loved that Roisin popped up on the forum to say 'thats my blog' when they mentioned her dresses and blog!!!
    I love your Emery dresses and the fabrics make them all so different anyway, so keep making for the non-haters!

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  18. This a article I can relate to because I'm a great fan of wrap dresses and even if I sew other patterns, I always came back to Vogue 8379. Like you, the most interesting for me is the print.
    And I think you choose great prints :)

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  19. I commented the other day on Instagram and so hope you didn't take my 'why do you only sew the same dress' comment the wrong way! It's totally inspiring and I really go agree with you about letting the prints 'sing'! plus, you look blooming fabulous in the pattern. I've noticed that whenever I venture onto a new kind of shape, I feel really uncomfortable and revert back to older clothes. I think I'll follow in your footsteps and just make the kind I want to!!

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    1. Hi Annah, no of course not. Do what makes you happy is what I say!

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  20. I'm so glad I found this page! I too love this silhouette and long for alll the prints! I've been sewing for a while, I have a lot of handmade dresses, I've done a lot of different styles and had some real flops, but I'm wanting to go back to my favorite style, the novelty-print fit and flare. Like, as in a whole wardrobe of them. Our family is going through a lifestyle change and it's honestly a matter of practicality in addition to aesthetics (one dress to grab and put on, then dress the kids). But the thought came, is that weird? What will people think? Will I be boring? 9Now that I know there is at least one person on the planet who has the same exact wish (down to sleeve and hem length! It's almost scary!!), I feel better, I can go on! I wish I would be able to make hundreds, but can't at this point in my life. I'm currently building my pattern block, based on a vintage princess seam dress that I know is flattering. I have a small boy and girl, so there will still be variety in the sewing room, then my "selfish sewing" will be easy and relaxing. I'll look for you on IG, I'm sewingallthedresses :) Thanks for sharing your dresses with the world! All this to say, thanks.

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