Guess what, I made another Emery Dress hack! I know, I’m surprising no one with this.
But this dress is special because it’s NYC bound!
Yep, next Saturday, I’ll be shopping in the garment district! I’m so excited, and can’t believe the trip is only a week away! Broadway shows are also on our agenda, so I wanted to make a new dress to wear.
For this version of Emery, I re-drew the neckline into a v-neck, and added the skirt from Simplicity 2444.
I found the fabric at a local shop. I’m pretty sure its 100% poly, but I liked the texture and color.
Because the fabric is pretty heavy, I knew gathers wouldn’t work. So that’s why I used the Simplicity 2444 skirt. Now that the dress is finished, I’m wondering how a half-circle skirt would have looked. I also made a tie belt, but am not sure if I like it.
I stabilized the v-neck with twill tape, and it worked well. It doesn’t gape, which is nice.
I kept the finishes pretty simple. The bodice is lined per the Emery instructions. I finished the armholes by sewing them on my machine using this method from Colette patterns.
I also used lace hem tape. I haven’t used this stuff in a while and I forgot how easy it is.
The other bonus to this fabric is that it’s wrinkle resistant, and with the crinkly texture, any wrinkles it does get won’t really show. So it will pack well. Speaking of packing, I’m trying to plan strategically so I have enough room in my bag to bring fabric home!
Along those lines, does anyone have tips or suggestions for the garment district? I’m putting together a list of stores and a list of fabrics I want to look for. I plan to wear comfy shoes and am prepared to be overwhelmed – hopefully in a good way! :)
*Also, if any locals feel like venturing out for some fabric shopping, shoot me an email, we’ll probably start at Mood around 10 a.m. on Saturday.*