The tights are off and my Spring sewing has officially begun! The Christine Haynes 'Emery' dress was a pattern that caught my eye as soon as I saw it, which was probably over a year ago. I snapped it up straight away but it got bumped back by other projects and I suppose I forgot I had it. But after stalking #emerydress on Instagram recently, I decided it was time I finally cracked on with this retro pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

This pattern's 1960s style is right up my street. I love the simple t-shirt dress shape with the gathered skirt and pockets. I also can't resist a bow detail and a peter pan collar. I thought for my first Emery dress that only classic black & white gingham will do. This affordable gingham cotton is perfect for the Emery dress, it's nice and light and provides a great weight for the gathered skirt. It is a little thin but the bodice of this dress is lined so it's only the skirt that's a little see-through. But I'll just wear a little slip underneath and that fixes that!
The Emery dress seems like such a popular pattern and I'm certainly very late to the party. I figured a pattern so popular must mean it's nice and easy to sew and it was! I've made a couple of garments recently that were a bit of a headache to make, with a so-so outcome, this pattern was so refreshing after those and has certainly inspired me to start sewing for warmer months. The instruction booklet is very clearly laid out and I think the steps are easy to follow with good illustrations to help you on the way.
I'm really pleased with the fit too. I was a little unsure which size to sew, but opted for which would fit my bust best. Whilst the dress is a little big in the shoulders and comfortably loose around the waist, the fit on my bust is great. Next time I would consider sizing down and then potentially doing a full bust adjustment. I would also shorten the bodice next time like I do on a few dress patterns, as I'm a little short in the body. But for now, this size works fine for me.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Christine Haynes 'Emery' Dress PatternChristine Haynes 'Emery' Dress Pattern

Notions: 22" invisable zip

Sewing time: A couple of hours/half a day

Modifications: Nothing this time.

Fit: A little roomy, but great on the bust!

Difficulty: A make for adventurous beginners and beyond.

Watch out for: Even gathers for the skirt and tidy darts - there's a lot!

Make Again?: Yes!

Overall, I'm annoyed at myself for not making the Emery dress sooner. I knew I was going to like it and have had people tell me on social media to hurry up and sew one because they recommend it so much. I'm very happy I've finally joined the Emery club. The pattern is flattering, simple to sew and has a cute retro look that I love. I'm already planning my next!

Thanks for reading, pinups!

Abi xo