Polka dot Emery Dress: Bring back the colour

January makes me want to hibernate, it’s dark, cold and never-ending, I don’t blame bears, trying to avoid it. However, winter may be grey but there’s nothing that says we can’t try to add some splashes of colour to it. I love colour so here I give you my first project of 2015 in a vibrant combination.

Emery dress

I made the Emery Dress first time sometime in 2014 and worn it only twice. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of that dress, as it’s at the bottom of the “to be repurposed” pile at the moment. In my previous post I categorised the dress in the unfortunate makes, having a few problems that made it uncomfortable to wear. I used it as a muslin to construct the current version, which is far better and more comfortable.

Emery dress

I bought this blue velvet polka dots fabric last year and was itching to use it. It’s very light weight with some stretch which made it perfect for this project. I tried to adjust the neckline as much as possible and it’s still not 100% perfect but it doesn’t bother me that much, unlike my previous version. The red belt isn’t probably the best but it was colourful, so I threw that in, haha.

Emery Dress

Here you can see it in a safer, not so loud and perhaps more polished combination. I still find the gathering around the waist a bit challenging, and in the back there’s more gather in the middle than there should be. I omitted the zipper (hurrah) as the stretch of the fabric makes it possible to put it on with out it. I also left out the pockets, because I feel they add bulk in the wrong parts of my body. I used the quarter sleeve version, which is probably my favourite sleeve length.

Emery dress

I cut size zero for the bodice and took out about 2cm from the neckline and about 1cm from the side seams due to the stretch of the fabric and a size two for the skirt. I also took out about 6cm from the hem, as I prefer my dresses a bit over the knee.

Emery dress

Add a little leather jacket on top and you’re good to go. Since it’s Polka dot January at the Sewcialists, I think this qualifies 🙂

On other news, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who visited my blog last year ( I know I’m a bit late with my thank yous, but better late than never), commented, liked and voted for my Francoise dress, even if I didn’t win.

I also made my first crochet cushion, so you may see more crochet makes here later in the year.

Finally I just enrolled for the Craftsy Patternmaking Basics: The Body Sloper, as I would like to experiment with different ways of manipulating it.

Have a nice week everyone!

About delightfullypeculiar

I'm Vasi, Greek living in the U.K. I wouldn't call this blog my sewing journey but an attempt to make and do the things that make me happy, sewing being one of them.
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19 Responses to Polka dot Emery Dress: Bring back the colour

  1. zibergirl says:

    I love that fabric and your pattern choice is really flattering. You look lovely! YES, for color in winter!

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a great dress 🙂 I really love the colour and looks fab with the leather jacket!

  3. Colour looks fab with your hair 🙂 A great splash of colour for the dreariest month of the year!

  4. Such pretty fabric! And I love that your hair goes with your room, LOL!

  5. Andie L. says:

    Your dress is so aaaamazing! I love the fabric and how you styled it throughout the post. It’s looks perfect on you. 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    Wow this dress is amazing!!

  7. You will have to post about the Craftsy course. I’m curious.

  8. idaaidasewing says:

    Amazing dress and love your fabric choice. Was it difficult to work with velvet?

    • Thank you! The velvet is only on the dots but it created a lot of fluf when i was sewing it! I’ve never really tried sewing velvet especially with stretch, i imagine it may be a bit sticky but maybe not! Sorry not very helpful!

  9. sbunny85 says:

    OMG I love that dress. And I love the bold colour choices. I keep trying to remind myself to turn away from black, black, black.

    • Thank you! I know it’s so easy to just go with black in the winter but everyone seems to like colour when they notice it on other people, so I say let’s treat cold weather and grey skies as a blank canvas for colourful creations! Wearing yellow tights today 🙂

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