Completed: Another . . . Emery

Okay, I will own it right up front – I am a Pattern Repeat Offender.  I made another Emery.
Emery

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.

Emery

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: OAL Dress and Cardigan!

I’ve knitted a lot of things and sewn a lot of things, but it wasn’t until the AOL (Outfit Along) that I did both at the same time with the intention of making a coordinating outfit. Why I’ve never done this before, I don’t know. Probably because knitting takes me so much longer than sewing.  But I’m so glad Lauren and Andi had this idea, it’s been a fun project.

OAL 2014

First, let’s talk about the dress.  I used the “official” OAL pattern, which is Simplicity 1803.  I sewed view B.  I had a little trouble with the fit on the bodice of this dress.  I made a muslin, but when I tried on the dress in my fashion fabric it turned out too big.  Unfortunately I had already finished the armholes at that point, so I had to do a bit of unpicking before I could take in the side seams.  It all worked out, but it was frustrating.

OAL 2014

If I’m being honest, I don’t really like the bodice of this dress.  I don’t like the seam that runs down the center front, and I’m not a huge fan of the shape of the neckline on me.  But I do like the skirt.  It’s gathered, without being too gathered.

OAL 2014

The fabric is rayon challis (I know, I sew with this a lot – it’s my favorite summer fabric).  I underlined the bodice with cotton lawn, but didn’t line the skirt.  Because the fabric is a little sheer, I made a white half slip out of Bemberg rayon (not pictured).

OAL 2014

Here’s few flat shots.  You can’t see the front seam because the fabric is so busy, but it’s there.

OAL Dress

The invisible zipper blends into this print really well too.
OAL Dress

Inside front:
OAL Dress

Inside back.
OAL Dress
OAL Dress

I finished the armholes with bias tape made from a scrap of Bemberg.
OAL Dress

Next, there’s the cardigan.  This is the Myrna pattern by Andi Satterlund.  I enjoyed knitting this, and found the pattern was easy to follow.  I knitted the size small, without any modifications.

OAL 2014

The sleeves turned out a smidge too tight around my biceps, I’ll just blame that on the pull-up bar we built in the garage.   😉
OAL 2014

If I knit this pattern again, I think I’d leave out the keyhole.  It’s cute, but close up mine looks sloppier than I’d like.
OAL 2014

The yarn I used is Malabrigo worsted, and the color is Ravelry Red.  This was my first time using this yarn, and it was a delight to knit with.
OAL 2014
OAL 2014

I’m a little bummed about the buttonband.  There was a portion of the yarn that was much lighter than the rest, and it ended up right along the edge of the top buttonband.  I may go back and reknit it.  It won’t take that long, but buttonbands are the least enjoyable part of knitting for me.  That, and weaving in ends.

Myrna
Myrna

Anyway, despite my pointing out a couple of insignificant flaws, I really do like this outfit!  It was fun to make both pieces, and I think I will try to coordinate my knitting with my sewing more often in the future.
OAL 2014

Completed: Emery #??

I can’t stop.  Last weekend I cut out two more Emery dresses.  Here’s the first one I finished:

Green Emery

I’m not sure how many Emerys I’ve made at this point, I’ve lost count.  I think I return to this pattern repeatedly because I know it works for me, and sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I just want to sew without all the effort of fitting.

Green Emery

On this version I lowered the neckline a little bit and used a different skirt.  The skirt is from Simplicity 1803, but I pleated it instead of doing gathers.

Green Emery

Green Emery

The fabric is rayon challis, which has become my favorite summer fabric.  I ordered this particular one from Fabric.com, but I don’t think its available any longer.

Green Emery

Green Emery Details

I lined the bodice with Kaufman lawn.  I really like the challis/cotton lining combo, it gives the challis just a bit of structure but stays nice and cool.

Green Emery Details

Green Emery Details

I also used matching serger thread on this project. Lately I’ve been branching out and using colors other than black and white. 🙂

Green Emery Details

When I was checking the placement of the pleats, I tied a piece of quilt binding around my waist as make-shift belt.  I kind of liked the look, so I stitched the ends and made it an official belt.

Green Emery Details

Green Emery

Now that I’ve got another Emery in my closet, I’m think I’m ready for the One Week One Pattern challenge in September!

Green 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!

Border Emery

So what are you sewing in anticipation of summer?

Completed: Spotty Licorice Dress

Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Easter weekend!  I’ve been sewing, sewing, and sewing…exactly what I wanted to do!

After making the trench coat for my sister, I was ready for a simpler project.  I went for making another Licorice dress from Colette Patterns.  I’ve made this dress a bunch of times already (here, here, and here).  I wear my animal print version so often that it’s staring to show some wear and tear, so it was a good time to revisit the pattern.

Spotty Licorice
Spotty Licorice

The fabric is rayon challis that I ordered from somewhere on the internet (it’s been too long, and I can’t remember now).  I love the drape and fluidity of challis.  In fact, I have another challis dress cut and waiting to be sewn!

Spotty Licorice

Here are some close ups that show the print better.
Spotty Licorice
Spotty Licorice

There’s not too much new to say about the construction.  I moved the zipper to the side, drafted my own facings, and lined it with Bemberg rayon.
Licorice
Licorice
Licorice

Licorice

Licorice

This will be a comfortable and cool dress to wear this summer.  But the wind was chilly when I was trying to take photos.
Spotty Licorice

So this is how I wore it to work, without the belt and a long sweater.  So comfy!
Spotty Licorice