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« on: June 09, 2010 11:19:08 AM »

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they fit a little different from what we're used to - mainly, the sizing corresponds with ready-to-wear (as opposed to outdated pattern sizing) and the bodices are drafted for a C-D cup (instead of the standard B cup in most patterns).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 Grin


this is the pattern i used. ISN'T THE ENVELOPE THE CUTEST THING EVER? IT OPENS UP INTO A LITTLE BOOKLET OMMGGGG
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i used blue seersucker to make it!
here is my only gripe with the pattern - the suggested yardage was quite a bit off Undecided like, i bought 2.5 yards as instructed and ended up using a little less than 1.5 yards Cry 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 Roll Eyes
- i used sew-in interfacing instead of the standard fusible interfacing

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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  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010 11:26:18 AM »

This looks amazing! You did a great job! I love the idea of these patterns...I'll be checking out the website.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010 11:28:16 AM »

Very cute! Nice job! Does this pattern company have a website by any chance?
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010 11:31:04 AM »

Very cute! Nice job! Does this pattern company have a website by any chance?

yep! they're at http://www.colettepatterns.com/  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 11:44:25 AM »

wow! this is super cute! Thank you for giving us the URL for the pattern company, I am so excited to order a pattern that will fit around my chest without having to be altered! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010 12:32:11 PM »

That is so cute, you did a great job.   Cheesy  I have the same gape in the back of dresses.  Perfect fit over boobs/bum/waist/hips, but I still need to take 4 in out of the top of the back of everything I make
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010 12:47:34 PM »

This is a really cute dress! And the fabric is great, too!

I like the description of the patterns. I will definitely check that out!
Thanks for posting the link.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2010 01:32:51 PM »

Love Love Love!!!! I have never been able to fit my DD into standard patterns!! Off to hunt for some more of these...
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2010 02:13:29 PM »

You did and amazing job! love the fabric great choice.
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2010 02:49:53 PM »

I really like this!  The puffy little pockets are so cute!

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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2010 04:09:40 PM »

This looks fantastic on you! You should be very proud of yourself. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2010 10:14:44 PM »

What a cute dress!  I absolutely love it, and your fabric choice was fantastic.  I'm also loving the concept of patterns that I can fit my boobs into... *crosses fingers*
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2010 12:22:52 AM »

lovely dress and necklace.... wish the weather here was good so i could wear dresses!!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2010 01:57:35 AM »

Absolutely super - really really like this.  I have a phobia of doing bust pieces of any type, still waiting to find that perfect way of doing it that works for me - but this is just gorgeous, especially - as you point out - with the gathering.  Excellent job x
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2010 02:46:13 AM »

The pockets are too cute! And I love the top, it looks so nice!

You look awesome in that dress, and makes a good match with your necklace Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2010 05:11:10 AM »

Nice job! Really lovely cut on you. Especially like the pockets, and the bodice is very flattering. I'll definitely check out this pattern company, so thanks!
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2010 11:34:28 AM »

I LOOOOOVE that dress! It looks awesome on you! I want the pattern. Looking up Collette patterns now...
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2010 07:24:23 PM »

This has been on my "to-sew" list for awhile. Your's looks wonderful! Great fabric, and it is very flattering on you.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2010 07:35:20 PM »

love love it!!!! ideal for summer!
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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2010 01:29:26 PM »

Very cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern company, i hadn't heard of them, and its always nice to support Local (ish for me) businesses! Off to check out their site...
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« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2010 05:15:25 PM »

Gorgeous job! That fabric is perfect for this pattern. Beautiful!

I had a thought about the yardage. You said you didn't do facings, and used a cotton to line it. Wouldn't that cut down on the amount of fabric you needed? Maybe if you used the same fabric it would be closer to 2.5? I don't know, it still seems like a lot of overage.

Anyway, great work.
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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2010 09:07:18 PM »

aw i can't wait to see more of the patterns from this company! the dress looks great
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2010 09:16:09 AM »

Gorgeous job! That fabric is perfect for this pattern. Beautiful!

I had a thought about the yardage. You said you didn't do facings, and used a cotton to line it. Wouldn't that cut down on the amount of fabric you needed? Maybe if you used the same fabric it would be closer to 2.5? I don't know, it still seems like a lot of overage.

Anyway, great work.

i had a fleeting thought of it, but the facings didn't use hardly any fabric - probably 1/8 of a yard, if even that. they just went around the top of the bodice front and back. so yeah, idk about the extra. i am now encountering it in an amy butler pattern (and it HURTS oh man it hurts) so i think it is just an issue of designers ~playing it safe~ or something.

eh. anyway.

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