Anyway, life lately has been a bit of a blur, but that's fine. My life is not as stressful as Alicia Florrick's life, so we're still watching a lot of The Good Wife because it's weirdly comforting for that reason. Also, I still love Chris Noth. Big forever.
Do you want to see a dress, though? Yeah, why not. Here's a dress I made a few weeks ago...
Charmed Life dress - Christine Haynes Emery dress bodice with a pleated skirt and Red or Dead 'Shirley' shoes
Another day, another Emery dress, right? But isn't this fabric just the best? It's Cloud 9 barkcloth, and the print is called 'Ripple'. It's by Jessica Jones and is from the 'Timewarp' collection, which obviously makes me smile because:
I watched this film so many times as a teenager, it was ridiculous. It was partly because I had loved The Crystal Maze so much as a child, but it ended up mostly being because I thought Magenta was the bomb. I'm not sure I could handle watching it now, though.
So anyway, yes, the fabric. Let's try to tear our minds away from Tim Curry and think about the fabric. I bought it from The Village Haberdashery at the end of April, and it had been simmering away in my stash ever since. I'm glad I bought it when I did, because I gather it's fairly difficult to find now. Anyway, it sat there until a few weeks ago, when I popped into Berylune on payday - mainly to gossip and scrounge a cup of coffee - and I bought some of these lace zips. Sometimes the perfect item of haberdashery is all it takes, and in this case that's what happened. So this happened...
Pretty exposed zip! I'm pretty pumped by how well this turned out and although it kind of limits me to accessorising this dress with red... well, it's navy and white. That was blatantly going to happen anyway. Inserting an exposed zip is a obviously a little different to a standard dress zip, and I used the instructions for the exposed zip on the Mortmain dress by Gather. I had to tweak things slightly as the Emery bodice is lined, but only slightly, and I'm really happy with how well it turned out.
This is my happy face.
The fabric was lovely to work with. The barkcloth is probably intended for furnishing, I don't know, but I think it works brilliantly as a garment and it wears really comfortably. I think that it probably would have been fine with the gathered skirt that is part of the Emery pattern, but I'm on a bit of a pleated skirt tip at the moment, so that's what I went for. I didn't line the skirt as, if I wear this dress with tights, it will only be in the winter and I will be wearing a slip - but you'd probably want to line it if you're more into wearing tights than I am.
It won't surprise you to learn that after the success of this dress, I went straight back to Berylune and bought more of the lace zips. You'll see a few more of them round here! I also bought some navy yarn to knit a cardigan. You know. For those days when I don't want to wear red. I like to be prepared.
Here's a close-up of the fabric so you can see the pretty print. This also gives you a good idea of the feel of the fabric - you can see the slight slubby-ness of the fabric. I did pre-wash this fabric before sewing my dress, and it washes fine. I think I want more barkcloth dresses in my life. Obviously that's totally necessary. Stop laughing, it is.
So there you go. Now I need to go, because Eddie Izzard just showed up in The Good Wife and it's pretty fucking weird. It needs my full attention. I'll leave you with a wee present though...