Making my own wardrobe: The Mustard Emery Dress


I have another Emery dress to share with you this evening which I wore today for lunch with some of Michael’s very lovely friends who came to visit, and accidentally matched the colour scheme of the restaurant we went to! I cut this out a little while ago but I’ve been waiting until I felt brave enough to sew it up as I wanted to add a collar for the first time and I was a little nervous of how it would turn out, but fortunately it went smoothly.


Outfit details: “Cut the mustard” dress – made by me in Cotton & Steel Zephyr Citron Breeze (Metallic) fabric with contrasting collar and bow in Cotton & Steel Sprinkles fabric (both from Miss Matatabi) using the Christine Haynes Emery dress pattern /  Camera bag – Accessorize (last year) / An Affair to Remember Brooch – Erstwilder / Orla Kiely Angelina Shoes – Clarks (last year)


This is another Cotton & Steel fabric and it is so charming. It’s a gorgeous shade of mustard yellow with silhouettes of figures flying kites, holding umbrellas or throwing confetti into the wind. The background is a uniform polka dot, but it is overlaid with sprinkles of silver metallic. As with all of the Cotton & Steel fabrics, it has the tag line for the Zephyr collection printed on the selvedge which reads “leap and the wind will take you.” When I was endlessly browsing through fabric websites earlier this year Michael kept pointing this print out as it caught his eye so I had to buy it. I chose a black spotty print from the Cotton & Steel basics range to make a contrast collar and bow and it really draws out the black silhouettes. I like how the colour palette is a little more sophisticated with a retro vibe.


For this version I made a combination of View A and View B as I added both a collar and a bow. I lined it with a mustard poly cotton and used a black exposed lace zip as this has become my trademark in all of my dresses.

I will write a more detailed post with my experience of sewing the Emery dress soon as I am hoping to take part in #memademay this year and I am lining up a few sewing blog posts to coincide with this. Now I have to crack on with some more sewing so I have lots more dresses ready to wear handmade for a whole month!

Lucy x


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