It's been ages since I have featured a finished make here on my blog, and for that I sincerely apologize! I made it a resolution to be better about blogging the items I sew for myself and I had a decent run there for a bit, but the ratio of how much I sew for myself to how much I blog is dramatic. So not only am I blogging a finished make today, there are more on the horizon!
But let's talk about today's dress. This is my Emery Dress in gorgeous organic quilt weight cotton from Cloud9 Fabrics with the most adorable print by surface designer Elizabeth Olwen. I have been following Elizabeth's Instagram feed for a while now, totally in awe of her cute prints on every surface you can think of. Suffice it to say, when Cloud9 contacted me to see if I wanted some of her fabric to make something with, the answer was a very quick yes!
Not only do I love Elizabeth's designs, I have developed a friendly relationship with Michelle and Gina from Cloud9 over the years of attending Quilt Market, and I can say that these are two incredibly nice and hardworking ladies! They are producing organic fabric for the mass market and employing incredible designers along the way. I have a really strict policy of only accepting and reviewing things on my blog that I believe in and give my honest opinion, and Cloud9 is a company I can wholeheartedly endorse.
This print, Midnight Flora in Navy, is from Elizabeth's new collection called Wildwood, which is hitting stores this week. Cloud9 has a really great feature on their site where you can sort the retailers by collection, so you can see who bought that group so you can track it down. Find out who's carrying Wildwood here. In addition to this print, there are many other really great prints, just perfect for both garment and quilt projects.
As for the dress, I made this as usual, but I didn't line the bodice and instead finished the neckline with bias binding. I never showed how to do this in the Emery Dress sewalong, so coming up tomorrow is a tutorial on how I do this, in case you are unsure on how to finish the neckline in this way.
I made my usual size 10, but with my body changes I can see that there is a bit of excess in the bust and bodice, as things are still shifting with my weight loss and exercise. More on those developments in the coming weeks. I've joined a new kind of gym and it's pretty unique and badass.
Huge thanks to Michelle and Gina for giving me some of Elizabeth's fabric to feature here on my blog, and thanks to Elizabeth for making such cute designs!
*I was given 2 1/2 yards of fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics in exchange for my review of the product. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own!*