Emery among the apple
I’ve said that my favourite dress pattern was probably the Cambie Dress but that was before I made the Emery Dress. Now I just don’t know anymore! It is the best everyday dress that I’ve done so far.
I have seen this dress on different blogs for ages and I really wanted to make it but couldn’t get to the point of ordering it; and the autumn came and I did. How could I not right?! It took a bit more than a week for me to receive it, which is not too bad considering it comes from quite far away. When I saw this fabric I could imagine an Emery in it. I spoke to you about it already on my Autumn Wardrobe Planning here. I didn’t go for the collar as, in my opinion, it would have been too much with plaid.
But obviously I had to make the bow version. The instructions are really clear and I didn’t have any fitting problems at first. As I watched the French version of Great British Sewing Bee with matching plaid a few days before, I had to give it my best shot. Even if it is not always easy for the bodice to match because of darts, I managed to do it quite well! And the sides of the skirt match too! Yay! Sadly, the back is not as I expected. When I tried the dress on, I actually had to take off more than just the seams allowance, which kind of explains that the plaid pattern are not the same …. but! The horizontals are! Ok the sleeves are not matching the horizontal of the dress like the judge asked for, but sadly I didn’t have enough fabric this time for that. I chose an invisible zip as I always do now. I don’t think I really like a visible zip anymore (except a metal one like on my chardon here). On dresses and skirts, and on the back or the side, I always choose the invisible. Looks more pro!
For the bow I have used interfacing as indicated, and it makes it heavier so the shape stays in a good condition after washing. I really like the way it is made as well, it makes a change from the normal bow that we usually see. I ordered the fabric online from fabric.com as I couldn’t find good plaid fabric in the shops. I didn’t really know what to expect but it turned out really good. The fabric is nice and soft; very easy to sew and so comfy to wear! It actually exists in different colours. My only regret could be the neckline which is a bit high in my opinion. I think I’ll try to change that for my next one like Angie did.
We took the pictures when we went apple picking back in late September. It was the first time for me that I was doing this kind of activity. Obviously, as a kid, I used to pick apples from my nan’s or my auntie’s garden but I don’t remember going apple picking in an orchard. I guess it is less famous in Europe than it is in North America. We decided to get away from Montreal and went south to a small city called Hemmingford close to the US border. The orchard is called Petch and offers a lot of different types of apple. We went for 20 pounds of Macintosh for pies, crumbles and all, and for 10 pounds of a selection to eat: the empire was definitely the best one! Look at how red they are! Don’t forget to clean them up a bit and they will look amazing, and taste it too.
I hope you enjoy Autumn and all the activities it offers! Have a nice week!
Dress : Homemade, Emery
Photographs : Petch Orchard, Hemmingford, Quebec.