|New dress, an excuse for new shoes.|
So I have finally finished my fitted dress, which was one of my Stitchy New Year Resolutions. I had purchased the Christine Haynes Emery dress sewing pattern ages ago with a view to making a winter version but hadn't gotten around to it. So when I saw the sewdollyclackett contest for Roisin's wedding which was organised by rhinestonesandtelephones I thought I would go for it. I have been following the dollyclackett blog for a while now. Her dresses are amazing and what a lovely way for us remote sewers to wish her all the best for her wedding to Nic in May. (especially as she hails from Northern Ireland, like mysef)
Now Roisin's fabric choices are, well.... a little bit 'off the wall' (I'm sure she won't mind be saying) and she carries the look off so very well. I, on the other hand, although I wanted to get something a bit mad had awful trouble picking my fabric. I do want to be able to wear it and it has to suit me. So in the end I went for a floral cotton twill with a tiny bit of stretch in it.
The fabric was great to work with and the colours very appropriate for spring. With it being a light twill I wasn't sure gathers would be the right thing for the skirt, so I decided to opt for inverted pleats. Nothing like making life easy for yourself. There was lots of head scratching and sum jottings but eventually I got it sorted. It makes the skirt of the dress sit nice and flat.
I took the process of making it nice and slowly (another of my sewing resolutions, don't go for the quick-sew.... always). The pattern instructions were excellent every step of the way and I even made a muslin to try and get a good fit. Aren't I a good girl? I ended up with the size 16 (must be those broad shoulders!) and I am delighted with how it fits, there are no other adjustments.
This was my first concealed zip on a dress and I couldn't believe it went in beautifully first go.
|Stitching the lining up to the side of the zip.|
|Understitching the lining.|
BEST WISHES TO ROISIN AND NIC FOR THEIR WEDDING.