Making My Own Wardrobe: The Picnic Emery Dress


I’ve been doing lots of sewing lately as I’m finding it very therapeutic and an absorbing distraction. As I’m feeling brave today I thought I would share my most recent make.

It’s an Emery dress in a fabulous Cotton & Steel Picnic Basket fabric which I’ve decided to call the “Does Yogi Bear Like Picnics?!” dress as this was one of Michael’s favourite sayings when I asked him a question where the answer was obviously yes, and I’m certain he would have loved this print.

I wore it for the first time today at a tea party my friends arranged for me and it’s the perfect match with my Picnic Basket bag and Pin-up Picnic brooch. I’ve always been a fan of themed outfits but I think this might be my best yet.


Outfit details: “Does Yogi Bear Like Picnics?” dress – made by me in Cotton & Steel Picnic Basket fabric using the Christine Haynes Emery dress pattern /  Picnic Basket bag – Accessorize / Pin-up Picnic Brooch – Erstwilder (sold out on their website but available in the UK here) / Orla Kiely Angelina Shoes – Clarks (now sold out) / Tights – eBay

I’m planning to write a separate post about the Emery dress pattern soon as I have already made 2 for myself, one for my Mum and cut out another 3, which tells you how much I love it.

For this version I made View A with short sleeves and a contrasting red polka dot bow, and used a cherry print cotton for the lining which looks cute against the picnic pattern. I cut the skirt a little bit longer to accommodate the pattern repeat, and I think it adds to the vintage look having the skirt finish just a fraction below my knee. I also used an exposed red lace zip instead of an invisible zip. Choosing these finishing touches is the part I am most enjoying about dress making; I love being able to add little flourishes like a pretty lace zip, contrast lining and polka dot bow.

I adore all of the detail in this print, like the thermos flasks and stacks of colourful pyrex sitting alongside the enamel picnic baskets. I’ve used quite a few Cotton & Steel fabrics so far and I’m fast becoming a bit of a fan girl. I especially love the little tag lines for each collection which are printed on the selvedge – this one says “I sewed something pretty for you!”

I know Michael would have been proud of me for this one, it’s definitely one of my favourite makes so far and will be worn lots.

Lucy x


6 thoughts on “Making My Own Wardrobe: The Picnic Emery Dress

  1. gert189 says:

    That print is gorgeous and the zip and bow are the perfect extra details that really make it pop. Def a make to be proud of! I’m tempted to try the pattern now too given how much you like it!


    • luckyalicecrafts says:

      Thank you! You should definitely try it, the pattern certainly lives up to the hype and it was a great fit on me with no alterations. Tailored but comfortable which is my ideal! The sew along for the pattern is very clear and helpful, and I learned a few new techniques. Just in case it helps you, I noticed there is 30% off PDF patterns on her website until the end of today too!

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