Well…what can I say about this dress but… I love it. If I don’t say so myself.
This is by far my favourite dress to date. I love the fit and style and also the fabric. A beautiful shirt dress with insert waist, slightly dropped and curved neckline yoke. Gathers at the bust to create fullness.
I used a cotton poplin print. I needed to adjust the bodice slightly to fit. I think Colette patterns are designed for a larger bust, however I was not gifted in this department, so I took it in about 3/4″ at either side. Other than that I completely followed the pattern.
I will defiantly make this dress again in other colours. It was surprisingly easy to make. I consider myself an advanced beginner when it comes to dressmaking. This pattern is labeled an intermediate, so I guessed it would have been more difficult to make. I think the only reason was that there are 16 buttonholes to do!! I can now safely say I have conquered my buttonhole fear. I even took it one step further and went for self cover buttons. Covering buttons in the same fabric as the dress.
Next time I will either add some piping detail to the seams or use a contrasting colour for the top stitching.
What do I love about this pattern? Well there are no zips… Yay bonus!! I really love the shape of the neckline.
Throughout the making of this dress I have wondered what “Ceylon” was, well…. According to Wikipedia. British Ceylon, known contemporaneously as Ceylon, was a British crown colony between 1815 and 1948. The area it covered is now the island nation of Sri Lanka. So there, fact of the day!
Next on the agenda is Vogue 8723, lovely dress for summer. I’m still undecided on the fabric but might go for a border print?
Oh… Lastly… Thank you to my new Aussie friend Erin for taking photos of me posing around the garden in my dress. We miss you already 😔
I’ve been a bit preoccupied of late with other matters but am back in the land of blogging and stitching. I’m really excited to be taking part in Kestrels summer sewing swap. My partner for the swap is sew2day. I have to send her a package of sewing related goodies and in return she will do the same. How fun!!!
I’m off to stalk sew2day’s page to see what she likes!
My summer dress is finally complete…. Yay! I LOVE IT. It was made using New Look 6094. The cotton lawn fabric was bought from Mandors in Edinburgh. It’s got great twirlability!!! And oh so important pockets.
Well, next I will be making two patterns from Colette. The peony dress and the macaron dress but I’m not sure in which order. If anyone hasn’t already heard of Colette patterns then you don’t know what your missing!! They offer a gorgeous range of patterns and a fantastic handbook. For any beginner sewists I think they are great patterns as they are very clear and easy to follow. You can also access the coletterie which is their blog that has tons of helpful and useful information, step by step tutorials and even a couple of FREE patterns. I think I am obsessed with them…aargh!!
For the peony I have bottle green fabric and mustard colour for the cummerbund belt.
For the macaron dress I have red with white pin dot fabric and a white contrast fabric.
I’m so excited about making these.
I absolutely love this tutorial from Caitlin at Colette patterns on how to add vintage detail to your garments. I thought that this kind of detail would look beautiful on my peony dress in the mustard contrast but I’m not sure that my sewing skills are quite at that level yet. But who knows maybe I will feel adventurous when the day comes.
photo courtesy of Colette patterns
To finish today here’s a few of my favourite peony and macaron dresses….
I love this beautiful version from Lladybird.
Another beauty from handmade Jane.
I love this macaron by simplybeu.
And this one is stunning from cirquedubebe.
Thanks for reading, speak soon
Ok I’ve been really rubbish at blogging the last couple of weeks!!! Sorry. Unfortunately I have a ‘real’ job aswell that pays our bills and have needed to focus on that the last couple of weeks.
So, whilst iv been away from blog land I have been nominated for the ‘versatile blogger award’ by the lovely a girl in winter. I am so flattered that I don’t even know you and you like my blog… Well I can tell you the feeling is mutual. I will formally accept this award in a later post very soon.
Whilst I have not been on here, I have still been lusting over patterns and fabrics as usual!!
I started working on my Colette patterns meringue skirt and violet blouse. Almost finished photos coming soon.
Next on the agenda is the peony dress.
The macaron dress
And lastly a project that may take me a while as a novice, the Ceylon dress. I am thinking navy pin dot fabric with red piping…, ooh I’m very excited about this.
Ive also finished my summer dress but have no pictures yet so will show you soon. It turned out gorgeous, I love it.
So the knicker making workshop went well. The ladies had a great time. As with every workshop the word ‘gusset’ being mentioned seems to spark laughter all around.
A sneek peek…
Thank you lovely ladies for a great class and have a fantastic wedding Nicola 🍸
Well my summer dress is all cut out and ready to go, so should be updating you on my progress in the next week of so.. Yay!!
I’ve made another couple of Colette sorbettos, I love that I can make a new top in 45mins. It would take me longer to get to a shop and buy one. Ok, il show you one just now but you must excuse the awful photography and the mess in the background!!
I know it’s a bit of a cop out post as its just filled with pictures but I promise I am planning some fantastic makes over the coming months so watch this space as il be letting you in on some fashions from the past that I plan of making.
Catch y’all soon ✂
So… True to my word. The pledge I made. I have started on my summer wardrobe. I recently found Colette Patterns. An American pattern designer combining vintage with modern. Whats even better is they offer a couple of FREE patterns!! One of the free patterns is the Sorbetto Top. Simple and beautiful. To get the pattern I had to print off 20pages then piece them together. The test square should measure 4×4″ but I couldn’t get it to print to the right size, it kept printing off 3.75×3.75″. I soon gave up and just used the pattern at the wrong measurements. When cutting the pattern I just went up a size and it turned out fine .
So here’s the one I made. I love it. It’s such an easy to to wear and could go with anything. I’m defiantly going to be making these in a range of colours.
I will model later to show it on
Mums going on holiday next week so making some sorbettos for her too. Heres one I’ve nearly finished just to add a bit binding.
Just a quick one today as iv loads to do!! Speak soon.
So I decided to set myself a new challenge, the challenge of all challenges for a woman who likes to shop. ‘THE PLEDGE’ I pledge that I will not buy any item of clothing for the next six months with the exception of thrifted goods and handmade. In the process I will make many of my own clothes and refashion some of the clothes I have already in the closet that are unworn! This does not include accessories and footwear (I’ve not mastered how to make a pair of shoes yet… Nor will I ever probably master this).
So on the schedule to make is my summer dress I keep ranting about. I will be using New Look pattern 6094 and the gorgeous floral mandors fabric. If it turns out well I may make a few more of this dress.
The Colette violet blouse and the Colette clover ankle grazers which are wardrobe staples. I’ve been looking on Flickr at some of the variations of the violet blouse and found some stunning ones here, here and again here.
I also love the free colette sorbetto top pattern, which is FREE bonus!!! There’s some lovely examples here and here.
P.S. This pledge does not include the rest of my family, just me, myself and I. Hopefully I will be sharing pictures with you soon of my makes and refashions!!