Luckily, although I have no craic at all, I do still have some dresses to blog about. This evening it's one I made on Sunday in a pleasing bout of post-Christmas activity. The real star of this particular dress is the fabric, which I bought a few weeks ago from The Village Haberdashery:
The fabric is 'Regatta Border' by Michael Miller and I think it's currently out of stock - I bought it as soon as Annie listed it on their website - but I believe they'll be getting some back in before too long. Anyway - as soon as I saw it on the Village Haberdashery instagram I bought 2.5 metres to make myself a nautical border-print dress - much like I did last year when I bought Michael Miller flamingo border-print fabric and made the Nora dress.
The only thing for this fabric was going to be a dress that would show it off, so naturally enough I decided to sew another Emery dress. It really is my favourite pattern for when I want the fabric to really be the star of the show. I knew that the shape of the bodice would work well with the striped portion of the fabric and the gathered skirt would really show off the beautiful boat-print section. So on Sunday afternoon, off I went!
Precious Things dress - Christine Haynes Emery dress in Michael Miller 'Regatta Border' fabric, worn with Swedish hasbeens Frederica sandals
I spent a little bit of time on the pattern placement before I cut the bodice out as I wanted to make sure that I'd be able to match the stripes at both the side seams and across the centre back. I did do that but I didn't get any photographs of it so you'll just have to trust me! I wanted to use the narrower stripes for the bodice so that there'd be some graduation in width down to the skirt. Ideally, I might have had a slightly wider band of navy across the top of the skirt so that the stripes flowed a bit more naturally but I didn't have quite enough fabric to do that. In any case, that would have affected the length of the skirt, which I think is pretty much spot-on, so it's all good.
Here are those little boats!
I ended up with just enough fabric to make this dress as I wanted it and to match the stripes at side and centre back seams. I had a moment where I thought that I didn't have enough fabric for the full gathered skirt that I wanted and, of course, with a print like this, pattern tetris just isn't possible! However, it all worked out perfectly and I really love the finished dress.
Anyway, that's boring. Fit waffling notwithstanding, you can be sure that I will wear the shit out of this dress. Despite the fact that I had planned to wear something else on Tuesday (a dress completed in 2015 that now has missed its chance to be photographed this year) I tried this dress on in the morning and didn't want to take it off! Tuesday was a very mild and pleasant day, and I wore this dress to go for a good long walk and a pub lunch with Nic. Hey don't be worried though: I wore a cardigan AND a coat. Those bare arms were for photographs only.
This dress looks fab with my navy Hetty cardigan: happy days! It was definitely worth having to knit that shit three times.
This is the cool thing about sewing, though, and it's the thing that never stops being awesome: you can make exactly what you want. Before I knew how to sew, I would have been seriously hanging out for a dress like this (see my 'Sailor Dresses of Dreams' pinterest board for evidence) so it is a major thrill to be able to make one myself. YEAAAH BOI.
I know this is like the fifth time I have used this gif but I don't even care. BENTON FIST PUMP.
I can't foresee a time when I'm going to become tired of slightly nautical-themed dresses (currently lurking some of that Robert Kaufman anchor-print chambray with dreams of it becoming a shirt-dress) so I am very happy with this dress. I look forward to wearing it in the spring, when it's going to look a bit more appropriate to the weather!
So anyway lads, I'll be back tomorrow with my Christmas party dress and a little 2015 round-up. See you then!