Sewing the dress together went smoothly until it was time to put in the zipper, then Thanksgiving rolled around. I brought the dress with me to my parents, but I had bought the wrong zipper, D’oh! Then I got busy preparing for Christmas and then it was Christmas, then I picked up some other projects…and this dress just sat in a pile. I rarely ever begin another project when I haven’t finished one, but I guess there was just something about this dress….I finally picked the dress up again and sewed in the zipper (I got the correct type this time) and then it was time to sew the bodice to the lining. I did not follow the suggestion in the sew-along to finish the armscye and neckline with bias binding (because I hadn’t read that far) and instead used Colette’s instructions for how to clean finish an armhole. Geez, was doing that with two layers of thick quilting cotton tough?! That was definitely the most challenging part of the dress and I tried my best to steam all the lumps and bumps flat. After that all I had to do was hand stitch the bodice lining to the dress at the waist and hand stitch the hem the dress. I made my hem a bit deeper than suggested as per the bf’s vote (I folded my hem up a total of about 3″ instead of 2″).
Overall I am pretty happy with the dress although I think I should have shaved some more fabric from around the armscye (I feel like it digs in to the armpit area a bit too much), or maybe there is some other alteration I am supposed to be making? I have no clue. So after about 5 months, my second Emery dress is finally complete!