Completed: Marianne Dress

As you well know by now, I love the Emery dress by Christine Haynes.  So when Christine released her newest pattern, the Marianne dress, late last year, I scooped it up. Here’s my version.

Marianne

Marianne is designed for knit fabrics, and has a loose fit, and casual vibe.  I paired it with leggings, because it kind of feels more like a long tunic than a dress to me.  This isn’t a dress that I can wear to the office (except on the rare casual day), but I think it will be good for weekend wear, or traveling.

Marianne

I didn’t make a test version.  I just picked my size based on my upper bust measurement, and then graded out a size at the hip.  I think it fits reasonably well, although I do have some pooling going on at my low back.  A sway back adjustment is in order if I make this again.

Marianne

I did make a slight change to the neckline.  As drafted, I found it was a little too high for my liking. I realized this mid-construction.  So, I very unscientifically put my dress on, and drew a new neckline with chalk.  (I think I lowered it maybe 1.5 inches.)  Because this made the neckline longer, I had to recut a new (longer) neckband piece.  I determined how long it should be using the method shown in this video.

Marianne

I also stitched around the neck with my twin needle.

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The main striped fabric is a cotton/lycra knit that I purchased at The Fabric Store, in L.A.  I bought this with the intent to make a tee shirt, so I only had one yard.  Thankfully the fabric was really wide, and I was able to get all my pattern pieces to fit.  The contrast is a bit of left over ponte.  I knew it was a risk to mix the two fabrics, but I think it turned out fine.  The only thing I don’t like is that the cuffs are a bit thick, compared to the sleeve.

Marianne

Speaking of cuffs, I didn’t have any buttons that matched, so I just left them off.  I kind of like it this way.  But I may go back and add them later.

Here’s a couple flat shots.
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Bottom line?  I like this dress.  It’s nice.  But I’m not like, ‘in love’ with it on me, if that makes sense.  However, it’s really comfy, and comfy is always a winner in my book, so I still see it getting plenty of wear (in fact, I’ve worn it twice already).  🙂  If you’re just getting into sewing knits, I think this would be a great first project.  The pattern is easy to assemble, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  So Marianne gets a thumbs up, even though it hasn’t knocked Emery out of her top spot.  😉

Marianne

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Finally, a couple of unrelated notes.  First, I recently re-organized my project pages, so that they are hopefully easier to navigate.  Sewing projects are now organized by pattern company.  Check out the sewing archive here, and knitting archive here. (Permanent links to the pages are at the top of my blog header.)

Second, on the topic of affiliate links, reviews, etc.: If you’ve ever wondered, or cared, I don’t use affiliate links. If I’ve added a link to something, it’s just because I thought it would be helpful for my readers (or me) as a reference.  Also, in the event I do a review or have some sponor-y type thing, I’ll let you know, k. 😉

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Completed: Another . . . Emery

Okay, I will own it right up front – I am a Pattern Repeat Offender.  I made another Emery.
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I did it for 2 reasons.  First, I needed a palate cleanser after my Dahlia experience. Second, I lost one of my other Emery’s – I think I left it in a hotel room.  (RIP Border Print Emery.) I don’t have much new to say about the pattern, so I’ll keep this short.

Emery

Emery
The fabric is rayon challis I got from Fabric.com.  (I don’t see this print right now, but they have lots of other options.)  This feels super girly and more floral than I usually go for.  But I’m kind of into it for some reason.  Maybe it has a slightly 90s vibe that appeals to my inner teenager?

Anyway, onto a couple flat shots:

Emery Details

I lowered the neckline a little bit.

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One minor difference is that I used one of the zippers I picked up in NYC.  I hadn’t used a YKK zipper before, but I like it, the zipper tape is just a bit more flexible and softer than the Coats and Clarks zippers I’ve always relied on.

Emery Details

And that’s all I’ve got to say on this one.  Thanks for bearing with me on a boring pattern repeat post.  😉

Emery

Completed: Border Print Emery

The temps have been rising lately, which has me dreaming of light weight summer dresses. So when I found this border print rayon challis on the clearance table at Joann’s, I wanted to sew it up right away.  Enter my reliable Emery Dress pattern, and I had a new dress in no time.

Border Emery

I’ve made this pattern several times before, so I don’t have a lot to add about the construction.

Border Emery

As always, this pattern was a pleasure to sew.

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And of course, yay for pockets!

Border Emery

I did try a new technique this time.   Since I made this sleeveless, I tried the method of clean finishing the armholes that was recently demonstrated by Sarai at Colette Patterns.  (The video shows knit fabric being used, but it worked just fine for woven fabric too.)  This method felt awkward the first time through, but it really does work!

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Here’s a little better look at the fabric, I really like the print.  And I think my attempt at pattern matching the back bodice turned out pretty good.

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I lined the bodice with cotton lawn, instead of Bemberg (shocking, right?)  I wanted to try out a cotton lining and see how it wears.

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Finally, here’s a swishy shot.  Love this rayon, it’s so floaty and summery!

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So what are you sewing in anticipation of summer?

Completed: Emery Dress #3

I just can’t stop making Emery dresses!  This is my third one, finished just in time for the official Emery Sew Along hosted by Christine Haynes.

Emery #3

This time I pleated the skirt, instead of gathering it.  I like the effect, and it lies very flat at the waist.  Unfortunately, because of the busy print, the pleats don’t show up well in the pictures.  Also my camera was being fussy today, and didn’t want to focus, so that didn’t help. 😦

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Emery #3 Details

The fabric I used is a very light cotton voile, that I found online at Fabric Mart.  It’s pretty  sheer, so I underlined the whole dress (except the sleeves) with black cotton batiste.  The bodice is also lined with Bemberg rayon.

Emery #3 Details

Emery #3 Details

Emery #3 Details

Emery #3 Details

I don’t really have much else to say about this pattern that I haven’t already covered in round one or two, other than to repeat that it’s awesome!  🙂

Emery #3

Completed: Emery #2

Do you ever get stuck trying to decide what your next project should be, and then find yourself not sewing anything? It happens to me from time to time. I’ve found the best solution is to turn to a pattern I’ve made before.

This time, I broke the chains of my indecision by making anotherEmery dress.

Emery #2

Before I tell you about the dress, I have to point out the location of these photos – I’m inside my nearly completed new sewing room.  So exciting!

Anyway, for this version, I used a rayon challis in a busy print.  Because the fabric is so drapey, the skirt lies pretty flat around the waist, despite all the gathers.

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I added the short sleeves, but left off the bow and collar.  I figured those details would get lost in the print.

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I do love the pockets!  They just melt right into the skirt.
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Emery #2

The overhead lights made the colors go funky in this photo, but it’s going to be nice and bright in here for sewing at night – yay!

My invisible zipper turned out invisible again too!  Love it when that happens.  I thought about trying to match the print, but decided to skip it and save myself the headache.

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Emery #2

Here’s a couple inside shots:
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Since the skirt isn’t lined, I made a slip. (Tutorials here and here.)
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I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while and I don’t know why I waited so long.  It’s super simple.  Just a couple rectangles of Bemberg rayon and some fold over elastic.  I did french seams so it would be smooth inside and out.

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Emery #2

As I’ve said before, Emery is a great pattern. Christine is hosting an Emery sewalong right now, so you may see another version from me before it ends. 🙂

And finally, here’s a peak at the outside of shedquarters.  It’s so close to being done! Unfortunately, the mister and I have both been sidelined by injuries, so we haven’t been up for the last bit of physical labor to finish this project. Soon though!
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