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Cotton Lawn Emery Dress

Hello friends! I’m so happy to be back with another Minerva Make for you! I feel like it has been forever since the last time! Life just gets that way sometimes and sewing takes the back seat to everything else and that is totally fine but I am happy to have finally finished this dress and I’m so excited to share it with you! 

I was fortunate enough to be able to snag up a few metres of this beautiful floral Cotton Lawn Fabric from Minerva and I really agonized over what to make out of it. I didn’t want to choose the wrong project for it. You know how some fabric you see and right away you know what it is destined to become? Well this wasn’t one of those times for me and I had a stack of patterns that I was trying to choose between. In the end, practicality won. My wardrobe has been in desperate need of some simple every day dresses and especially ones with pockets! So I went with Christine Haynes’ Emery dress pattern. It is uncomplicated and comes together fairly quickly (when you actually have the time to sit down and work on it).

The fabric was lovely to work with, it didn’t give me any trouble. It wrinkles a little but nothing out of the ordinary and once pressed it looks and feels like a dream. So soft and flowy and perfect. I decided to go without the collar for this dress because I have SO MANY dresses with collars and wanted to simplify. I also chose the short sleeved version since summer is on its way (YAY!!!).

The cotton lawn lends itself well to this pattern- the gently gathered skirt with inseam pockets turned out PERFECT. It feels so light and floaty and soft and incredibly comfortable. I know it’s going to be one of my go-to dresses this summer for picnics and outings. 

I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern and while I am happy with how it turned out, I think that next time I make it, I will try to get a better fit in the bodice. It’s just a bit loose and gapey at the top.This is a common occurrence for me though and I’m not worried about it enough to take it apart and try to adjust it. It feels just fine to me, but I wouldn’t say it is perfectly fitted. 

Other than that, I call this dress a winner. It’s great for lounging around and for going out. I have already worn it to work, to go out running errands and around the house relaxing (and I just finished it last week). It’s perfect for everything!

So my advise to you, dear friends, is to snatch some of this cotton lawn up for yourselves and make your own secret pajama dress to wear for every occasion! You won’t be sorry!

Happy sewing!



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