|Pattern Description: |
From Colette's website: Slim dress with high inset waist, gored straight skirt, and scalloped pockets. The wide neckline has a tiny collar formed from a facing in a contrasting fabric. Piping on the neckline and pocket edges is optional. Closes with an invisible side zipper.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well, yes, except for the patterns fabric choice.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Can I just say that this is the first and only Colette pattern that I own, and the packaging is just brilliant! I love the little booklet-style instructions and tissue patterns are my fave. Speaking of instructions, these were good, although I confess to only referring to them briefly at the beginning of the project.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I sewed this garment up for a friend, and she liked the line drawing from the pattern envelope enough to have a go at it. Please click over to my blogfor more about the reason the dress was made.
A super lightweight poly-cotton broadcloth. It's almost like organdy it's so light, but without the crispness. The dress is lined entirely with a regular weight poly-cotton broadcloth.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lined the entire dress because the fashion fabric was very transparent. I chose the piping option, and piped the collar, armscyes and the pocket edges. The mini collar is a contrasting purple, so I did a small patchon the lining at the CF to keep the colour consistent throughout the dress.
I lengthened the skirt to a decent, chic, flattering knee length. IMHO, it suits the lines of the skirt waaaay better than at mid-thigh.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know if I'll sew it again. And I don't know if I'd recommend it, quite honestly. No one likes posting mediocre reviews of indie patterns, but there's something about this dress that doesn't translate into a real garment somehow. The line drawing is beautiful. I personally am drawn to the line drawing. The shaped midriff, the little collar, deep back neckline and the gored skirt are wonderful, and put all together make a very charming design. But all this gets lost somewhere in the making. I must confess to hating the short length of this. The A-line skirt should be at least knee length to be flattering, IMHO. And the only version I've seen that I really like is Karen's version in wool. Please don't hate me! I'm not a big fan of wrinkled cotton dresses that look like glorified aprons, and yet this dress seems to end up like one. The more I think about it, the more I think it's the short skirt. HOWEVER, I must say that the person that is going to be wearing this dress loves it.
Anyways, you can click over to my blogfor more pics and construction deets.
I don't know, honestly. It was a fun dress to make; the design is good; the pattern drafting and instructions are really really well done. From a pattern point of view, it's perfect: easy-to-follow instructions and an interesting design. But from a finished object point of view, I'm really on the fence about this one. I think the classic lines need a truly classic fabric and styling - and length, like a LBD in wool or a silk tweed. If I make one out of wool, I'll let you know what I think.... again. ;)