|Colette Patterns: 1026 (Hawthorne) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Batiste [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: 1950's style shirtdress|
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I sewed the sleeveless version in a size 8.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, the instructions were very thorough.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the retro styling updated for a modern look and the variety of options for sleeves and dress or shirt. I also liked all of the fitting darts, it gave the bodice a very nice fitted look. And neck darts - my narrow neck <3s neck darts!
I wasn't a fan of the dress hem finish in the sense that the instructions have you edge stitch the facing all the way around the dress from hemline to neckline to hemline. So, when it is time to hem the dress, many steps later, you have the choice to: A) pick out an inch or so of edge stitches in order to miter the corners of the dress OR B) turn up hem as is and have a little opening. I did B, but if I sew this again I will turn up the hem on the edges *before* edge stitching so it is a nice, mitered corner.
Fabric Used: I used a brown/pink patterned semi-sheer cotton batiste from Gorgeous Fabrics. Because you could see through the fabric in the right light, I underlined the entire dress in a pink cotton batiste. The result is a soft, flowy dress that doesn't show more than I want to.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Because Colette drafts for busty women and I am not really, I did an SBA. It was my first one ever and I followed the tutorial on the Colette blog which was very helpful and fairly easy. I also used larger neck darts than what was called for on the pattern to eliminate excess fabric at the base of my scrawny neck.
I also added seam binding to the waist of the skirt - stitching at both the top and bottom of the binding - before sewing the bodice to the skirt. I was worried about the weight of a full skirt pulling down the waist and this is one method to help prevent that.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I really like this dress and will likely sew another next spring - kind of jonesing for one in Chambray. I think I will go down a size as I have extra ease in this one.
Another great pattern from Colette!
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