Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ikat Emery Dress and the Tale of the Missing Bodice

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Here, against the picturesque backdrop of my neighbor's collection of broken lawnmowers, is a navy ikat Emery Dress.

My first Emery was a cute stripey one I made about a year ago when Christine first released the pattern. I really love it, but sadly the fabric is a huge pain to iron, so it doesn't get worn very often. This, I assure you, is a tragedy, because it really is very cute. I think that this one will be a little more lazy-launderess friendly. It's made out of a light but sturdy navy ikat from The Fabric Studio.

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I thought that I had a bodice piece with my changes on it from the first time around. I really thought I did. But when I opened my Emery ziploc bag, there was none to be found. The only one in there was one without any alterations. So maybe I was mistaken?

Or...maybe I'll just pretend to forget I had done any alterations and forge ahead like nothing's wrong? Yes, yes, let's go with that.

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I was pretty sure that I had lowered the bust darts originally, and a simple fit with the pattern tissue confirmed this. I measured how far down I wanted to move the dart, then just literally hacked it out of the paper and retaped it lower. Not a pretty sight, but it worked.

So after that I got to it, and as I was plugging along everything was going smoothly, except...the bodice was looking kinda short. Hm. Oh no, this is really short. I don't remember the last one being so short.

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Oh wait, it's all coming back to me now. Yes. I had originally lengthened the bodice by 1.5" or so.

Well then, I guess...WAISTBAND!

My compensation waistband fixed the problem pretty well, although I may have made it just a touch too wide because now there's a bit of extra fabric right above the waist. But if I have really good posture it's hard to tell.

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I've talked before of my love for crazy linings. For this one I used an Anna Maria Horner voile that I had in my stash. Boom! Pow!

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I do love the skirt on the Emery, I know it's a good ol' basic gathered skirt but it's the perfectly right proportion or something because I always like how it turns out. You can also slap it on just about any bodice, something I'll be showing you for my next finished garment post once I get around to taking some pictures.

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So despite the missing bodice and my terrible sewing memory, this ended up okay. Woohoo! And at least now it's been recorded on the interwebs in case I forget again.

Have a lovely week, and I hope you're enjoying the change of seasons wherever you are!

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20 comments:

  1. You have the perfect eye for fabric. I think I might love this one even more than the stripes. I actually think that the waistband improves the dress by emphasising the waistline. Great work.

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    1. aw thanks! i think i like this one more than the stripes too! and i do like the waistband too, even if it was an unplanned result of being a disorganized seamstress... :]

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  2. This is just lovely. The perfect combination of fabric and pattern. Well done.

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  3. Beautiful dress! Love the ikat print and that lining is awesome!

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    1. it makes me really happy to see a crazy lining as i'm putting something on. it's like a little secret!

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  4. Love this! The waistband is one of those happy accidents because the end result looks fantastic!

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    1. yes i'm pretty pleased, it's one of my new favorite dresses! :]

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  5. I was never too sure about the Emery dress although I've seen so many gorgeous versions of it, but the added waist band actually makes it work for me lol. I really like how you version turned out! I might have to copy this version in the future :)

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    1. it's a great pattern, there are so many beautiful versions out there. and the waistband is super easy to add! it would be fun to do it in a contrast too [although then it would have to line up perfectly in the back at the zipper...eek!] :)

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  6. Love it of course!!! Ikat + Emery = dream dress :) And I like the waistband!

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  7. Don't you love being able to add on a waistband when the bodice accidentally turns out too short! I had to do that recently to save a dress (my sister's dress actually) after I had cut the bodice too short, and it turned out beautifully!
    Love your dress!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  8. Great dress! Did you just make a rectangle pattern piece for the waistband? How did you do it?

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  9. Honestly, I didn't even notice that you added a waistband until you mentioned it. It looks great!

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  10. I have been searching for a great dress pattern for my hard to fit, almost 12 year old, daughter. This is it!! It had to be stylish but not too old for her age. I especially like the full skirt and clean lines. I agree with the other comments.........adding the belt is great! I think a longer bodice was needed and will copy your tweaked design. Thanks for this awesome post!

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  11. I love your pictures! I really should jazz up my lining choices, I always take the boring matching way... Great dress!

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  12. Whoa! Impact lining FTW! This is so cool!

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  13. Looks fantastic! The fit is great, especially considering the on the fly alterations you had to do, and the fabric is amazing. As always with you!

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  14. wow. words can't describe how amazing this is! I love every inch of this dress! and what a FUN lining, great idea. This is so my cup of tea. Love the sleeve length and skirt length! Finally! A dress that doesn't look like a top because it's so short! Lovely, just lovely.

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