I am sewing up a storm these days. It sure seems that I am anyway. Three dresses in one month’s time is pretty progressive for me, and I have another something on time for a Me Made Monday. This is another Emery dress, and surprisingly it’s only the second one that I have ever made. I am calling it The Vintage Poppy dress after this lovely fabric I found on red dot clearance at Joann’s. I really like red, but I’ve never been a fan of it on clothing for me until recent years. I have three red dresses now, all of which I have made. I think I am liking it on my clothes more and more.
Last time I made the Emery dress, I wasn’t in love with it as much as all the other online sewcialists seemed to be. I even pointed that out last year in my post. I had fitting issues and I wondered how I would ever get this particular dress made with the Peter Pan collar since the dress as it came seemed to have too high of a neckline for me, plus I thought I would probably have to line my next dress, which I never like to do. I made several modifications to that first make. It was wearable, but it wasn’t a favorite. I guess I just expected it to be a dress maker’s staple like everyone else’s that I had read about.
After this dress though, I can say that Emery has now been added to the tried and true section of my sewing patterns. (I just now decided I have such a thing as ‘tried and true’ patterns, by the way.)
What I did differently this time: First thing, I re-read what I had to say about my first version. The back was too big, the darts were too low, and the shoulder seam needed to be taken up. I remeasured myself and it seemed sizing down would be the first step to take with this make. I cut out a size smaller, the size two for this pattern, and decided to make it exactly as intended – supposed high neckline and all. I made just a few adjustments though.
I went with a 1/2 seam allowance at the shoulders since I always tend to have snug arm holes on all the dresses I make, and I made the bust darts that went with the size 0 because it was the highest dart of the bodice, and the last time I made this dress the darts here were too low. Also, I did not line the dress, but instead made a two inch folded bias strip at the neck with understitching, and used pre-made bias for the armscye at a 1/2 in. seam allowance here. To answer the question I had in my mind about making a collar without an inside lining or yoke facing, yes, it can be done. I am pretty new to collar making after all.
So this Emery dress was a success! I even liked where the neckline hit. It wasn’t too high after all. I am very happy that I did initially trace this pattern out the first time I made it, or else I wouldn’t have been able to try a different size. Maybe next time I make it I will work on that little problem I always seem to have called inserting sleeves. I am sure you all will be seeing this one again.