But in the end, I finished this dress! And in the style of Roisin, I've named it - the "better late than never dress." But before we get on to pictures, here's my inspiration!
I knew I wanted to use the Dolly Clackett fave Emery Dress pattern, even if it is a bit more girly and twee than my usual style. I also knew if I was going to go all-out Dolly Clackett, I wanted to use an Alexander Henry fabric. I was considering using the white colour way of the pin-ups with hearts fabric, but knew I probably wouldn't end up wearing it out, so I eventually went for the awesome pin-up mermaids "Sirens" fabric.
I definitely didn't expect the mermaids to be quite so big, so I was surprised when I received the fabric in the post - but now I'm totally in love with the pattern. I went for the more muted teal and green colourway and I think it's really beautiful. I think it makes the dress more wearable than you'd expect for an item of clothing covered in half-naked mermaids...
I tried to be really careful with the pattern placement so as to make the most out of the print, and not deform any of the mermaids with the bodice darts- and as such I barely managed to squeak this out of the two metres of fabric I bought. Fortunately I'd decided to forgo the collar and bow from the pattern, and I like my skirts quite short! I've still ended up with one mermaid's face right on my right boob though, oops!
I also chose to do a lapped zip instead of an invisible one - mainly because I wanted to have a go at a new technique. I've only ever sewn one other lapped zip before, and that was on a cushion so barely counts, and this one isn't perfect but I'm still really pleased with it.
The sleeves are finished by hand but I machined the skirt hem. I'm also really pleased with those gathers. I've never managed to get neat, even gathers before but I was really patient with these and it's really paid off!
Pattern: Christine Haynes Emery dress
Fabric: Alexander Henry 'Sirens' from Fondant Fabrics
Notions: 22" dress zip
So there we have it. The months-in-the-making Better Late Than Never dress. Now excuse me whilst I run off to twirl around in it because it makes me feel so girly and cute!