Emma dress for Christmas Eve
Oh the christmas dress…. I decided on the pattern a few weeks ago when I saw some pictures of the last La Maison Victor magazine online. So I knew at that time that my christmas dress would be the Emma dress. It is a lovely dress with a V neck, a pleated skirt, and a nice crossed back. I couldn’t do it in advance as I had to wait for my parents to come to Montreal and bring the magazine with them. I was waiting for their visit as well to go to Chabanel neighbourhood, THE garment district in town, to find my fabric.
Heather Lou from Closet Case Files spoke about it on her blog a few weeks ago and I was looking for someone to come with me for an afternoon. The Saturday before Christmas, I convinced my mum to come with me; she knows A LOT about fabric so she’s always giving me some good advice. I wrote down a few different shops on a piece of paper but as we had just 2 hours (men of the family were in charge of the car) we went to just one shop : Globetex. We found more than enough stuff to keep us busy for two hours. For this Emma dress, I chose a fabric at 3.50$ per meter and it’s a sergé polyester.
I started to make my dress on Tuesday morning so only one day before the big night… what a mistake! I hate to sew under pressure with a time deadline like this, especially when it’s a pattern I’ve never used before.
I didn’t have time to make a muslin but this would have been a good idea. With a cheap fabric like this, and as I was pushed for time, I got stuck in straight away.. I knew I would have to make some adjustments as the smallest size is 84cm for the bust and I’m 80. I used the lining pattern as my front pattern as I didn’t want to make the shoulder yoke that the dress normally has. The fabric has been very hard to work with as it was very slippery and hard to iron : the pleats just didn’t want to flatten! I should have used amidon but I didn’t have any at that time, and I probably wouldn’t have had time to wash my dress anyway before our Christmas Eve meal. Yes, I was in a rush! I followed the instructions but when I tried it on for the first time….. I saw quite a few problems: the V neckline was way too low (shocking), the shoulders were too large so the neckline wasn’t straight, and the back was way too large as well. As I have a very thin back, the fit wasn’t good at all. I took off 3cm from the shoulders, and took off as well 2 cm from the sides of the bust. The fit is way better even if it is not perfect but next time as I said, I will make a muslin. To be fair I saw other versions of this dress and it looks to me that the back doesn’t fit perfectly on other people either.
For the neckline I added some lace so it will be easier to wear and more comfortable. And for the shoulders, I added these very nice fabric flowers that I found in Globetex the same day.
I don’t think that you can feel in this article (written a few days after I’ve made the dress) the pain I went through to sew it! It took me two days to be sure that the fit would be perfect, and to deal with this fabric! I finished it around 4pm on Christmas Eve – just in time for the festivities starting at 6pm! I was exhausted! But I did it!
I hope you’ve been able to spend some quality time this Christmas with your friends and family, and that you’ve been spoiled! I’ve been very lucky myself as Santa apparently listened to me and he brought me two amazing fabrics (from Atelier Brunette & Les trouvailles d’Amandine) and three patterns! What do you have planned for New Year’s Eve? Are you going to sew a garment? This year I don’t think I will but I will wear my Pyramides dress in the Lacroix fabric from last year!
Happy holidays everyone and see you in 2015!!!!
Dress : Emma, La maison Victor (Belgium)
Size : 36
Fabric : Sergé Polyester from Globetex (MTL)