Friday, September 13, 2013

Completed: The Emery Dress by Christine Haynes

Have you seen the new pattern by Christine Haynes??  Well if not have I got a treat for you! It's the Emery Dress and it's a vintage lovin' gals dream! 

Photo credit: City Stitching with Christine Haynes

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a pattern tester for this sweet little number.  First off I want to say it was just as much fun to sew up as it is to wear.  I really expected no less since I've already had a great experience with Christine's Sassy Librarian Blouse.  I've been busting at the seams since August 15th waiting for the official pattern release date to arrive to be able to show you my version.  That date has arrived and I can now let out a huge sigh of relief as I share with you my version of the Emery dress...

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Boo for cloudy days and having to adjust the crap out of your photos buy YAY for pretty dresses!

There are two versions of this dress.  I chose to make version A with the short set-in sleeves and the 1960's style bow at the center waist.  Version B has 3/4 length set-in sleeves and a vintage inspired flat pointed collar.  Both versions have a fully lined fitted bodice shaped with bust darts, waist darts and neck darts.  The gathered a-line skirt hits around the knee area and wait for it......has in-seam pockets!  What could possibly make in-seam pockets any better you ask?  Well they are sewn into the waist so they aren't moving around inside your skirt tickling your legs while you walk.  The dress is finished with an invisible zipper and the skirt has a hand sewn hem.

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The fabric I chose for this dress is a beautiful retro floral print cotton sateen from Mood that I've been hoarding for over a year waiting on the perfect pattern.  I only had two yards and it was just enough.  I only had scraps left over so you know what that means, no room for error!  My lining was also from my stash, something I picked up at Joann's for a project I never completed.  I'm not sure of the fiber content but it's a beautiful champagne color and compliments the main fabric very well.

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This pattern is rated intermediate and I feel that's an accurate rating as I learned a few things such as lining a bodice the correct way.  I've lined a dress bodice before but the instructions were of my own and merely a guess as you go type thing.  It's nice to have clear instructions and pictures to guide you the correct way.  

The size I made was a 4 and the fit was spot on.  Luckily all of the darts were perfect right out of the pattern envelope as I did not make a muslin (I know shame on me).  The set-in sleeves were easy breezy to put in.  The skirt's hand sewn hem lands perfectly right above my knees.  Being only 5'4" and some change it's rare that I don't have to alter the length of a skirt. 

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Notice my bow? Well how cute is it!?  I'm going to point it out (and you probably didn't even notice) but the placement is all wrong.  It needs to be sitting completely on the bodice, not halfway.  I had problems getting my bow to stay put, probably because my hand stitching was atrocious and I was doing it all wrong.  I've since figured out my problem (shoddy hand sewing skills maybe), corrected the placement and now it looks super loverly and is one of my favorite parts!  

 
 
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Even though the two versions of this dress have small differences I feel like it has so many different possibilities.  Next time I'm planning a sleeveless version with the collar.  Or if you like to get wild and crazy add both the collar and the bow to your dress.  It's sure to be a stunner any way you go so, GO! Go right now and buy this pattern. You won't regret it.  Christine is having a sew along mid October that will include different variations of the dress not included in the pattern like the sleeveless version, a pleated skirt, and a rounded peter pan collar...yaaahooo!  

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What I thought was super cool about making this dress is that the techniques and skills I learned from Christine when I took her Craftsy course on the Sassy Librarian Blouse I found myself applying those same skills and techniques to the construction of this dress.  Her teachings have definitely stuck with me and she didn't even have to beat them into my head! 

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How cute is this Pug label I sloppily sewed on!?

So if your still with me and you haven't skipped out on me yet to go buy your own Emery dress pattern well your in luck! Christine has been generous enough to offer up this wonderful pattern as a GIVEAWAY to one of my readers.  If you would like to be entered in this giveaway simply comment "enter me" below with an email address of where I can contact you if you win.  The pattern will ship first week of October so I will keep this giveaway open until September 30th.

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86 comments:

  1. Lovely dress, both inside and out. As for your giveaway... Enter me! :)

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  2. Oh, your dress is so pretty! I love that fabric on you!
    Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks to you and Christine for the chance!

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  3. Dang it, I forgot that you might not be able to see my Disqus e-mail address. It's jana [dot] giveaway [at] plokta [dot] org.

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  4. Such a cute dress and nice pairing with the vintage style fabric.


    Please, please, please 'enter me' !!! clippedcurves {at] gmail [dot] com

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  5. Lovely!
    Enter me
    Sewdarnlucky at gmail dot com

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  6. That is so pretty, Shanni! I really love the fabric you used! Not going to enter, because I'm going to pre-order!

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  7. Enter me

    Melani (hippolicious@hotmail.com)

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  8. Great dress Shanni!
    ENTER ME. pretty please. prettygirlbymargo@gmail.com

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  9. My wonky phone isn't letting me comment properly, so sorry I'd this is a repeat but I love this dress! It's just so cute and the fabric is perfect.
    I'd love to be entered for the giveaway!
    I'm sewinsteady@gmail

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  10. Wow. Love the fabric+pattern combo!

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  11. Isn't it so nice when a fabric and a pattern find each other for a true match? Your dress is really beautiful. As for the giveaway, please 'enter me'. I already have my fabric picked for that dress (although not from stash ;-)) sabine[dot]delannoy[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. Oh gosh, this is absolutely perfect on you! The pattern is great and suits the style so well. Really has a fun late 50s/early 60s vibe to it. I'd never have noticed that the bow should have been anyway different than it looked but glad it makes you happier how you fixed it. Can't wait to see future versions!

    Oh and enter me please, yay!

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  13. Love love love your dress! The print is perfect. Not going to enter because I already got to test it out. :)

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  14. I adore this and I'd love to win this pattern! My email is thestreak@gmail.com

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  15. LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This is perfect Shann!

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  16. Your emery is bloody lovely, the fabric you chose is perfect! Enter me please! (sabinamoolla {at} hotmail {dot} com)

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  17. Gorgeous! I love this and the fabric is perfect! Enter me please! Grosgraingreen@hotmail.co.uk

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  18. Ooooh pick me pick me! But really, this dress is just too cute - I really like the cotton sateen print! And good to know it can be squeezed out of 2 yards :)

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  19. Such a great dress! Would so love to have one like it. Love the fabric and everything. The finish is amazing as well. You may be talking me into another craftsy class as well, I have to finish the ones I am currently enrolled in first though ;)

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  20. Your dress is absolutely lovely. Please enter me! Incidentally, I think they should use your dress as the sample. Can I be honest and say the samples shown on the pattern page are not at all inspiring and I probably would have gone straight past this one? Maybe that's more my lack of vision :)

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  21. Enter me pls! Love your versions!

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  22. Beautiful, bows are the cutest:) enter me please:)

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  23. You look stunning! You've really turned my head with this version, I'd passed the pattern by previously. It looks smashing! Cute fabric, wonderful fit :) Oh and enter me of course! You can find my email on my blog :)

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  24. This dress is gorgeous. I love love love your version. Fabric is amazing. Fit is perfect. Plus I love your shoes too. Oh and please enter me. I'd love this pattern.

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  25. Love to enter cawmags@tiscali.co.uk

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  26. Enter me! Love your dress!

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  27. you are very kind!!your dress is perfect. so glamourous!!please, enter me^^!. I hope i will won^^My email is:
    barkerkruger@gmail.com
    thank you very much..

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  28. Enter me for sure!! Your dress looks so lovely.
    Quipardue@yahoo.com
    (TheGarmentFarmer)

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  29. Oo enter me please. I was already ogling the pattern, but your version has definitely confirmed me need! (dreamingofavonlea@hotmail.com)

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  30. enter me
    Lsarmenti@gmail.com

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  31. enter me...your version just makes me envious :) medea5152@gmail.com

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  32. Enter me please Sewnotworkatgmaildotcom

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  33. please enter me sandie333@hotmail.com

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  34. Enter me please clareloveday@gmail.com x

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  35. enter me please, looks lovely........I4mad@aol.com

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  36. The fabric is gorgeous and really does suit the pattern. Your lining also looks gorgeous. I love the way it sits on the waist. Naturally, I would love the pattern, so please enter me. acupofanouk@gmail.com

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  37. I just love your dress especially the bow.I would love to win this pattern.

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  38. oops forgot my email is scottiedi65@gmail.com

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  39. Wow, this is so beautiful! I'm loving all the versions of Emerson...can't wait to try it sometime soon!

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  40. Your dress is beautiful and I'd love to win this pattern !

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  41. This is adorable I love the fabric you have made it with. OMG PUG APPROVED label!!! haha what an awesome touch!! I am going to buy this pattern now it looks so cute on. Love it.

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  42. "Enter me." Please and thank you. I love the colours in your dress!

    Sox at squirrelsox (at) gmail(dot) com

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  43. Enter Me! Your dress is just lovely!

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  44. Enter me! The dress is adorable! Feel free to let me be your lucky reader!

    crystal(dot)rose(dot)awesome(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Enter me. The fabric is beautiful and the dress is lovely on you. I would love to make it for my daughter. bgmorrill@comcast.net

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  46. Enter me. v.doumis@hotmail.com

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  47. What a gorgeous pattern! I love your bright happy version, and I'd love to give it a go myself :) My email is jenniferlauren dot is at gmail dot com :)

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  48. Ahh, gorgeous dress! Enter me :) elena_jane@hotmail.co.uk

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  49. I didn't think it was possible, but every new version I see of this dress makes me love it even more. Enter me! chispitalisita@gmail.com

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  50. I didn't think it was possible, but every new version I see of this dress makes me love it even more. Enter me! chispitalisita@gmail.com

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  51. Shanni, this is crazy cute! I love it!!!!! Seriously the perfect dress!

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  52. "Enter me" ryohania@hotmail.com

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  53. I love your dress. That fabric was absolutely made to be turned into an Emery dress and worn by you. Please enter me in the giveaway so I can make one too (though probably out of less spectacular fabric). e-mail is grucat (dot) ce (at) gmail (dot) com

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  54. It's perfect! I'd love to enter the giveaway too! loz.grey@gmail.com :)

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  55. Such gorgeous work! So much cuteness!!
    Enter me too?? Laken.Marie.Odell@gmail.com

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  56. love the pattern and luv the design you chose for your dress,. Would luv 2 paticipated in the giveaway. thank you
    joan
    bart-joan (at) libero ( dot ) it

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  57. Enter me, this is adorable!

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  58. Gorgeous version! Please enter me iwanttobeaturtle@gmail.com

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  59. Enter me please! Lovely dress and great fabric choice.

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  60. LOVE this fabric! The champagne really does add a pretty touch to the inside. Please enter me in the giveaway :)

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  61. This is adorable! Your fabric is gorgeous and the fit is fantastic. No need to enter me in the contest - I was a tester but wanted to drop you a note on how cute this is!

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  62. I'd love to be entered to win the pattern. I'm going through Christine's Craftsy class right now and I totally agree with you - I'm picking up lots of great tricks and tips that I plan to use in all my sewing projects!

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  63. How lovely! Enter me pleeeeease!!!! (Wow, that sounds kind of dirty...)
    mnease@elon.edu

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  64. A very cute dress! Please enter me to win! margoburton AT gmail DOT com

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  65. Adorable dress. One of the best I have seen. Please enter me!
    marybeezo (AT) aol (DOT) com

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  66. Your detail is divine! karen at apin dot com Thank you for entering me. I want to start sewing!

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  67. Enter me! Thank you!! pippa at midtownprinting.com

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  68. Enter me! Your dress is lovely, by the way. youngseamstress@gmail.com

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  69. Enter me! Ejatack {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  70. I love your dress! You look absolutely stunning in it. And I also love you pug approved label, it is so cute :) I would like to enter for the giveaway as well. Thank you.

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  71. So gorgeous, great job! Enter me! liz.marshall@gmail.com

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  72. Aww, what a fabulous dress!!! The finish looks divine. I hope you get lots of wear from it xx

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  73. Please enter me! I love that dress!

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  74. oh enter me! love your dress (and the shoes go so well with it) - I'll be looking out for that sewalong.

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  75. Enter me please!

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  76. Entering! :)

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  77. ooooh, please enter me in the giveaway! I am crushing hard on this pattern!

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  78. Enter me in your giveaway, please!

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  79. Hi Ruth! Congrats you were the winner of the Emery Dress pattern. You didn't leave an email so could you please email me at shanniloves@yahoo.com with your mailing address and I will send the pattern out as soon as I receive it. If I don't hear from you by next Tuesday, Oct 8th I will have to pick another winner. So please get in touch to claim this lovely pattern!! Congrats and thanks for entering! :)

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  80. Gorgeous dress!! And, I just love the little badge you sewed on, 'pug approved' adorable. Obviously the challenge is over, but I saw your 'winner' post and realized that I never saw this post or your Emery dress.

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