Monday, September 9, 2013

Pattern Testing for Christine Haynes Emery Dress

I've felt like a kid waiting for Christmas leading up to today. I have so many things to share with you, dear readers!

A little while back, Christine Haynes did a call for pattern testers. She selected one person to test each size, and I was tickled pink to be selected! She announced the pattern today, so now I can introduce you to the Emery Dress!



Will you look at that bow?! Perfection. It makes me feel like Jackie Kennedy. The instructions were very easy to follow on creating it and it's hand tacked to the dress. And pockets! So functional. 


Professionally I work in user experience, which basically means it's my job to make our website more user friendly. Pattern testing was a happy marriage of my personal and professional passions. It was divine.


And here I am cozying up to LBJ (although I bet Jackie never did). With the 1960s feel of the dress, I thought it would be appropriate to snap photos outside the LBJ library. Below I'm out and about on the town fixing to drink some jolly good gin punch. I took this dress all over Austin!

The Innards

The inside of the dress is lined at the bodice. Oh linen, you get so wrinkly after a day of wear! 

The original pattern calls for an invisible zip, which to be honest, would be less fussy than what I did. Using an invisible zip would allow you to machine stitch everything. 

I handpicked a regular zipper because (1) I had an invisible zip break on me once and now I just don't trust them, and (2) handpicking zippers sends a little thrill up my spine. 

A Month of Emery Dresses + A Giveaway!

I have mentioned before that I like to remake patterns. There's a lot of positives to doing that:
  • It gives you an opportunity to perfect the fit
  • It pushes you creatively to experiment with the same style
  • It's time and cost effective
  • It's more of something you already know you love and wear
Well, this month I will be bringing you the mother of all remakes: Emery Month. In addition to this version, I'll be posting up two other versions of the Emery Dress in the coming weeks.

Source

A Pattern Giveaway!

Christine  has kindly offered to contribute a pattern to Emery Month! In between all the finished project fun, I'll be hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to receive the Emery pattern.

In the meantime, head on over to Christine's blog to join in on the excitement! She'll be posting up pictures of all the pattern testers in the coming days.

34 comments:

  1. Oh I love this! This pattern is just gorgeous and you really are channeling your inner Jackie K. Too cute!

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  2. Your dress is adorable! I love the color, and linen is so my favorite fabric... well, my favorite woven. Very cute pattern -- can't wait to see the others... :)

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I got at the Fabric Shop Hop that we had a few weeks ago!

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  3. How exciting! And I adore your final dress. The color and shape are fabulous on you. And an unexpected touch to have inseam pockets in a style like that. Totally adorable overall!

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    1. Thanks, Tasha! I agree, the pockets are a really nice unexpected touch. They are just so convenient.

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  4. This is a really cute dress. Linen may be wrinkly but you've got to admit it looks good! I'm so looking forward to seeing your forthcoming Emery dresses. It looks like such a classic style.

    And bother, I've just imposed a 6-month No Buying Patterns rule on myself. Grrrr! I'll have to watch out for your giveaway, and if that doesn't work, then it's going to be on my list of Must Buys for as soon as my ban is lifted.

    And as ever, seeing your smiley-ness always puts me in a good mood!

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    1. Thanks, Bea! Well, I hope you win the giveaway so you don't have to break your ban!

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  5. Wow this looks amazing! The fabric and colour that you have chosen are absolutely perfect for this dress! I'm in dress envy heaven right now! Your hair looks fabulous with it also. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Julia! Yes, I spent some time scrolling through old pictures of Jackie to get color inspiration before fabric shopping. The hair was a natural extension of that!

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  6. super cute! i also love to insert handpicked zips :D makes me feel zen while doing it and accomplished and proud when finished :D
    i really like your version and like seeing it on someone with my shape. i saw christine's dress and while she's cute as a button i honestly wouldnt have considered that dress but seeing iton you - oh yeh! would def make it!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Yes, you totally get me on the handpicked zips!

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  7. I love the hairdo! The colour of this dress really really suits you, and it looks beautifully made (as always!). Very classic 60's indeed!

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    1. Thanks, Nishi! I'm enjoying the flip quite a bit these days.

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  8. This is so, so cute! I love it on you! Your hair is too fab!

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    1. Thank you! Now you know what my tease was for Sept 9! :0)

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  9. aah I've been dying to see this dress made up by someone else. I just did a google search of Emery dress and your cute little blog popped up. Yours looks great! I was a tester too and my blog post will go up Friday if I can wait that long!

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see it! I've been dying to see all the other versions ,too!

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  10. What an adorable pattern and the blue linen you chose looks divine!

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  11. beautiful dress in a lovely clour looks great on you

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  12. I love your version, the color is fantastic. I was a pattern tester too, it's so fun to see everyone's dresses popping up. :)

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    1. Oh, yay! I've been so excited waiting to see all the versions, too! Thank you!

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  13. I love the color of the fabric paired with that pattern. While I see Jackie Kennedy, my first was Gidget! Or the Patty Duke Show! No matter who you saw in this dress it looks perfect on you.

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    1. Ooo, you may have just given me some more inspiration for future looks! Thanks!

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  14. It is absolutely such a darling dress! You did an excellent job with it. Plus, hand picked zippers just make me happy. So other people who love them too and do them make me extra happy! Also people with such cute little early 60s hairdos too. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm glad I could bring a bit of happiness to your day! :0)

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  15. Oh, holy cow. You in this dress may be the cutest person ever! I absolutely love the color you chose and the lines of this pattern look AMAZING on you. I cannot wait to try my hand at this dress!

    Also, I'm pretty sure I've taken that exact picture with the statue of LBJ. Austin FTW! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Mary!! That's funny. Great minds think alike!

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  16. This is so incredibly cute! Such a great dress shape. I love the way you styled your hair, too.

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    1. Thanks, Becca! Yes, it's very flattering and comfortable, which is a great combination!

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  17. this is adorable and i really like the shape of this dress. and the color is great on you, too.

    oh, and I feel ya on the invisible zip thing. I just had one break on a pair of shorts - while i was wearing them! ugh.

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    1. Oh no!! That sounds miserable. Thankfully mine broke on me while I was at home, but I didn't even have a chance to wear the dress before the zipper busted! Boo.

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