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Emery Dress

Christine Haynes

The Emery Dress is a classic vintage-inspired dress that fits every body type and nearly every situation perfectly.

There are two views, and both versions have a fitted bodice that is shaped with bust darts, waist darts in the front and the back, and darts at the back of the neck. The gathered skirt on both versions is a full a-line skirt that hits around the knee, and features in-seam pockets that are sewn into the waist so they aren’t flopping around under your skirt. Both versions have a fully lined bodice, invisible zipper up the center back seam, and a fat 2″ hand sewn hem.

View A has short set-in sleeves and a flat 1960’s style bow at the center waist. View B has 3/4 length set-in sleeves and a vintage-inspired flat pointed collar.

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Size

UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Sewing level

Intermediate

Make time

All day

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    RuddyToCraft

    I absolutely love the Emery dress. This year, wedding season was pretty heavy for me and I made a few Emery dresses to wear to different events. I loved wearing every single one! I got so many compliments on each and every one and spoke a little bit about each dress on my blog: https://ruddytocraft.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/an-army-of-emerys/

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    CarolineJ16

    My first Emery. I used a £2 viscose from Chapel Street market, Islington as a (possible) wearable muslim if things went well. I really like it. A lovely comfy dress.
    Enough to keep an advanced sewist busy with many darts / lined bodice / optional collar / optional belt.
    Beginners will be happy with the quality instructions and illustrations provided to guide you through all parts of the construction.
    I blogged more about it here: https://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/polka-dot-emery-dress.html

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    kathperchard@hotmail.com

    I am so glad to have finally made an Emery Dress! I have had this pattern for quite a few months now and have been waiting for the weather to get warmer so that I could finally make and wear it. It’s a lovely pattern to make, I can see why lots of sewists make more than one of these. I like that the bodice is lined, this gives a lovely professional finish and is worth the work. Beware if you are not a fan of darts – this pattern has lots. The bodice front has 4 darts as does the bodice back. Multiply this by two for the lining pieces and you are sewing a total of 16 darts in total!! My dress is inspired by one that I saw on the High Street and wanted to replicate. In order to do this I had to change the sleeves to tie sleeves, but this was fairly straightforward and I am thrilled with the result. Also required to complete the look were applique flowers. After a great deal of searching I found exactly what I wanted in the form of iron-on patches, which I have to say seem pretty secure so far! It’s a lovely dress, and I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Great instructions and lots of inspiration for this dress can be found online and I would recommend anyone with good basic sewing skills to have a go at it! If you would like to see more pictures and read my full review with the link to the blog with the tutorial on how I made the sleeves you can take a look at it here:

    https://sewdainty.co.uk/2017/05/22/christine-haynes-emery-dress-with-tie-sleeves-hack-sewing-pattern-review/

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    English Girl At Home

    Doraemon Emery dress!

    Graded between a 2 at the bust and 6 at the waist/hips. I’m really pleased with the fit and will be making more – I’ve been wearing it with a petticoat for full effect.

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    tine.s

    This is THE dress pattern, at least for me. It fit right out of the envelope, although I have lengthened the bodice on subsequent versions, but that’s a normal adjustment for me. The fit includes quite a bit of ease, but still looks good, I think.
    I used a rather stable cotton on this one, almost a bit like a quilting cotton – it was supposed to be a muslin, but it really has gotten quite a bit of wear.
    The instructions were absolutely clear and even as a beginner, this was an excellent first dress to sew. I’d absolutely recommend this pattern!

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    pandaj

    I used a lightweight cotton – it’s navy with little white love hearts! I chose a light weight fabric since the skirt was gathered. made a few changes I cut the smallest size, shortened the bodice by 2.5cm, took shoulders in 0.5cm from each side and took the back in by 3cm and I still had a slight gaping back next so took the top in by another 0.5cm. I still have plenty of wiggle room – I am usually and Australian size 6 which is the same as a uk 6 and usually I have to let out the waist a little but this one I didn’t. I left out the bow.
    I am pleased with it, I would sew it again and try a sleeveless version and replace the skirt with either a pleated one or half circle maybe. For some reason gathered just doesn’t sit right with me but that’s just me and not the pattern 🙂 highly recommend.

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    redwsews

    This is a great pattern, hence there are so many versions around! I’ve made it twice so far and still feel I have improvements to make to the fit, but it’s a good, straightforward sew with clear instructions.
    Also, pockets in a dress are always a winner!

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    LivingOnAShoestring

    LOVE this pattern so much! The fit is perfect and brilliant, easy to follow instructions! Love the pockets especially!! 🙂

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