Hi! I’m Rachel and I have a recently-rediscovered passion for sewing.
Today’s post is a call for help, I need your advice. On my recent shopping trip I bought two beautiful Japanese prints, the green geometric print earmarked for my Chardon and this delicate orange star print on left of this image:
Ever since I purchased this orange star fabric I have been searching for the perfect pattern. The perfect pattern has to be a great wearable garment and yet simple and understated enough not to distract from the fabric design. I’ve finally narrowed it down to two classic patterns: the Christine Haynes Emery dress or a second version of By Hand London’s Anna dress.
In the left corner we have the Emery dress:
The Emery is great vintage inspired dress which has the simplicity to carry a delicate design such as my orange star print without swamping it. The detail of the bow or in this version a collar add a bit of interest to the dress which may be missing from the Anna. I can just imagine the star pattern with a contrasting cream collar and short sleeves, similar to these beautiful versions from Adey at The Sew Convert. How gorgeous is the Pink Bird Collar?
Taking on the Emery is the Anna dress:
The Anna is a cool, casual dress with great clean lines which would suit the orange star fabric. I am familiar with the pattern having previously made the above version in an olive green and have been keen to make a second version perhaps with a V-neckline.
Hopefully now you can see my dilemma: one great fabric and two great dress patterns – what is a girl to do?
And so this brings me to my call for help. Which pattern do you think I should go for? Have you tried making the Emery or the Anna and do you have any tips? Or do you think I’ve missed a great pattern perfect this fabric?
To help you with this decision I can tell you that I have purchased 3 metres of the fabric so there are no issues there. The fabric a stiff cotton and similar in texture and structure to the organic cotton twill used in my 8523 E.