SO i just discovered colette patterns... for those of you who aren't familiar with 'em, they are a pattern company based out of portland oregon and they have the cuuuutest vintage-inspired patterns. since they aren't part of the big 4, they fit a little different from what we're used to - mainly, the sizing corresponds with ready-to-wear (as opposed to outdated pattern sizing) and the bodices are drafted for a C-D cup (instead of the standard B cup in most patterns).
anyway, i made myself a lil parfait this weekend
this is the pattern i used. ISN'T THE ENVELOPE THE CUTEST THING EVER? IT OPENS UP INTO A LITTLE BOOKLET OMMGGGG
i used blue seersucker to make it!
here is my only gripe with the pattern - the suggested yardage was quite a bit off
like, i bought 2.5 yards as instructed and ended up using a little less than 1.5 yards
i do not like wasting fabric! granted, i have a full yard left over (and i'll probably just make bloomers out of it or something idk) but man, that stuff was $14.98 a yard so it wasn't exactly cheap. now my fabric was 60", which i know affects how much i need, but the suggested yardage was for 45" and 60" fabric so whatever.
as far as the actual pattern, it was a DREAM to sew! it used quite a few pieces (lots of facings), but everything matched up beautifully and the instructions were VERY clear. i cut everything in a straight size 4 (although, in retrospect, i will probably decrease down to a 2 when i make this again) with no alterations. the only changes i made to the pattern:
- i omitted the facings and lined the entire bodice and midriff with a soft cotton
- zipper: the instructions call to sew the top 1"-2" of the size and then
insert the zipper... i just put in the zipper all the way up to the edge so the entire side would open. i've had dresses where the top was sewn shut above the zipper and i've always had difficulty getting them on/off
- i used sew-in interfacing instead of the standard fusible interfacing
see where the back gapes? it is a little big, hence my need to cut a size down
i LOVE the gathers on the bodice. so flattering and feminine!
pocket w/functional buttonholes
that's all i got! thanks for looking
please let me know what you think