March 18, 2012
I've made myself a few new sundresses this year, and I know I promised to blog more about my sewing, so here's one of them - the Colette Crepe pattern!
A little while back, Kris put a call out on Twitter that she was ordering some Colette patterns and did anyone else want any? Did I ever!
I'd been looking at the patterns on and off for a while, trying to decide which to start with, and this was the perfect opportunity. I got the Crepe pattern, and also the Chantilly. I'd spotted the fabric a few months ago, and bought the last of the bolt, not knowing how much I'd need or what pattern I had in mind, but absolutely loving the print.
As soon as I saw the Crepe pattern, I knew it was meant to be.
It's a wrap style dress, which overlaps and ties in the back.
The fabric for the ties is a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in Vermillion that I picked up at Calico & Ivy. One benefit to working in a fabric store is that you can pull out bolts of fabric, look at them all day, and not feel like you're holding up the store staff while you take hours to make your decision!
This pattern is a great pattern for all levels of seamstresses. The tie is the only fastening, so there's no mucking around with buttons or zippers. The neckline and armholes are faced, and there's darts in the bodice for fit, but it's not too difficult a project. There are pockets, which I love, but they're easily left off if you think you're not up to it. Each Colette pattern comes with an entire booklet of instructions, which are very comprehensive without being confusing.
And the result is fabulous! I always feel pretty in this dress! I make a point of trying to always something handmade when I'm working at Calico & Ivy, and this dress always receives compliments. We've been stocking the Colette book at Balmain (Although it's temporarily out of stock), and I think my next project will be the Taffy top from the book - maybe in some Liberty Tana Lawn. (Drool!!)
Although as a teaser, I have made my Chantilly dress, too. More details next time!!Posted by Donna at March 18, 2012 01:29 PM