Member since 7/23/07
Date: 9/14/12 9:32 AM
I got the newsletter and there are two new patterns:
The Juniper pants:
The Anise jacket:
This pattern comes with a bonus Companion photo instructions booklet that is selling for one day for $5 TODAY ONLY (regular $9)
For each, the download is $12 and the print pattern is $16.
I, for my part, am waiting DESPERATELY for ALL THE PATTERNS TO COME AS DOWNLOADS. Pretty please?
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Member since 4/1/08
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Date: 9/14/12 10:14 AM
Love the Juniper pant since the first time I worked with the styling 40 years ago. Don't let that frighten anyone. Although the pant styling is the same, my body is not. The straight drop from the fitted hip is and has been flattering all along.
I have a very short rise and starting with these style lines works best for creating a flattering fit in that below the waist to mid hip area.
The fit was fantastic before, now, with some annoying body changes.:rolleyes: , it is still a fantastic design. The wide waist band that sits lower on the hip (a pant with a hip yoke works the same) keeps the pants up, over and on my rear throughout the day.
Some recent photos really highlighted the need to never again make pants without a waistband like this or at least a back hip yoke. I had been bending and stooping with some kids and hadn't done a garment check before the photos. Droopy drawers on the backside, messing up the whole line of the pant and making the hemline an uneven puddling mess. I'm a 1x right now and was so skinny I was a rack of bones when I started using this stylying. It works!
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Member since 9/7/11
Date: 9/14/12 10:50 AM
I love the trousers, and I am reminded by the photo how much I want the Jasmine blouse pattern as well. If only the blouse were available as a download! (The jacket is pretty, but I would look like a brick in it, so it's not for me.)
One woman. One sewing machine. One giant stack of fabric. What could possibly go wrong?
International UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 3/27/05
Date: 9/14/12 11:55 AM
I totally adore the cropped jacket. I've made a few others with a similar short body & 1/2 sleeves and totally worn them to death - in London they're three season jackets!
I'm less interested in the trousers, though I like that these have a fly front and slant pockets, but wide trouser legs make me look like I'm about 3 feet tall when I see photos of myself later. They're about the only garment type I've found that really doesn't work for me, despite my best efforts.
Member since 7/19/07
Date: 9/14/12 12:04 PM
I ordered both patterns, including the Anise companion.
I'd normally stay away from a jacket without princess seams or at least a bust dart, but I did notice that the jacket has princess seams in back, and I'd likely add a dart with an FBA. Plus, I have yet to be disappointed in Sarai's drafting for a busty figure, so I'm going to take a chance on this one. It really looks like the perfect jacket for San Diego winters.
I'm short, but I like trousers that fall straight from the hip on me like these. My Clover pants (which I still need to review) actually fit me *better* after I had my baby than when I made them when I had just gotten pregnant (don't ask me how--I don't get it either), and I really like my Clovers now. I currently have the Iris shorts in-progress and am eager to try another Colette pant pattern.
2014 Fabric IN: 153.13 yards
2014 Fabric OUT: 88 yards
2014 Fabric Sewn: 38 yards
2014 Fabric Donated: 50 yards
pre-2014 Stash patterns used in 2014: 7
Member since 3/2/06
Date: 9/14/12 12:50 PM
I've seen so so many people have to make endless fitting changes on the clovers, including myself, so I'm going to stay away from their trousers. I have absolutely no need for a jacket here in SoCal, and yet I'm still wondering about that extra leaflet. I do love nicely detailed sewing action shots.
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Member since 7/8/11
Date: 9/15/12 4:51 AM
I ordered the Anise companion booklet and am not disappointed. It is really excellent with loads of photos, of techniques you can use on any jacket not just this one.
It is set out quite similarly to the Colette Sewing Handbook if that is helpful to know.
Wellington, New Zealand
Member since 5/6/09
Date: 9/15/12 7:05 AM
I bought both patterns and the Anise companion booklet which downloads as a pdf you can save to your computer.
It's got some very, very good techniques illustrated with clear photographs showing the steps. However, with my over-busy schedule, the 8 day plan for jacket construction can only be a distant dream. I do like her tip of doing just a little bit each day, though. I think I'm going to try to apply that to my sewing. I might actually be able to sew something more time consuming than a T shirt, which is all I have time for right now.
Particularly good is the bound buttonhole technique and lining insertion (a good technique for lining-challenged scaredy cats like me). The collar and facings tutorial is also outstanding.
A bit weaker is the sleeve easing and insertion. It could have done with some more photographs and explanations on the steaming. I'm doing Jennifer Stern's unlined jackets class so I can compare :-).
Overall, though it's a very good resource for sewists who don't have extensive tailoring experience and I would highly recommend it.
Member since 5/4/11
Date: 9/17/12 9:39 AM
I think the anise companion is a great idea and am considering buying it even if I don't do the jacket. I love the look of these patterns, but am a little gun shy with independent designers right now. The jacket is really adorable, but the point about no darts to adjust is a good one. Still, I don't always need an fba with jackets. I love the pants because wide legs de-emphasize my very large things. However, the only reason I might start trying to sew pants is that I can't find anything in the stores with a high waist. And if there's anything I need post 3 babies, it's a high, comfy waist to hold in the muffin top. Nothing so gross to me as that blubbery stuff forced out of the top of I'll fitting pants! The wasit on the Colette pants looks very low. Is that something you can easily alter?
Member since 8/30/11
Date: 9/17/12 1:19 PM
Oh gosh, I love that jacket! Colette is having a trunk show locally on Saturday.. I'll definitely be picking that pattern up. Hope she has the photo booklet available, too!
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