{sewing} Colette Patterns' Laurel dress

Hello!
Today I have the Colette Laurel to show you.
It's a simple shift dress, with elbow length sleeves, a zip closure in the back, bust and back darts. There is also a variation for a pullover top and another to add gathered cuffs on the sleeves.
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I went with version 2, which is the dress and the addition of patch pockets to the front. I cut a size 4 and made no changes to it whatsoever. I'm very happy with the fit and that I can wear it loose and be comfortable; or cinch it in to give it a bit more shape if I want to. Very versatile!
Colette Laurel
I only gave myself 2 days to make this (no, it would appear I will never learn) and didn't have a zip to hand in the size I needed. So once I had it ready for the zip insertion I just basted the back seam closed and tried it on as a pullover dress. It worked perfectly and I ran with it.
Colette Laurel
The only problem I had was when I was setting in the sleeves. I HAD A MISERABLE TIME WITH IT!!! My gawd, there was a lot of swearing involved... There was SO MUCH FABRIC to ease into the armhole that I had to admit defeat and just let it gather slightly. It's not terrible. No muggles will notice it. Hell, even I don't notice it so I'm over it. But it was a bitch to sew! Now I want to try the top version and compare it with the dress to see if it's any different.
Colette Laurel
The fabric is a 100% cotton that I've had in my stash for about a year. It's almost like a fleur de lis pattern in grey, green and yellow - the best colours! When I chose to add the patch pockets I decided I was going to pattern match it and it worked. Just don't ask me to tell you how I did it because it was the first time I ever attempted it and I'm convinced that it was a massive fluke. But, hey, I'll take it! They look amazing. I'm also 100% happy with my reinforced triangle stitching in the top corners. So stupidly proud of my effort! Go, me!
Colette Laurel
Although I didn't even try to match the back seam - it never occurred to me - but the pattern is so busy that it isn't obvious. Plus, I don't think I'll ever be that anal about pattern matching. Unless it's going to be really, really noticeable. But maybe I'll change my mind when I finally work out how to do it properly and totally on purpose. :)

See you next time!

Comments

  1. Oooh, really pretty! I love that kind of dresses cause they are perfect for bbqs and terraces dinners :) Love it!

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    1. Thank you! I agree. It's very easy to wear...

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  2. Great to see this as I want to try this pattern. Interesting about the sleeves . I had real trouble with the SOI Ultimate shift dress sleeves and was told the Laurel was better🤔Also great to hear you don't need the zip!

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    1. I also heard not so great things about those sleeves on the SOI Shift Dress... Good luck with your Laurel. But I'd baste the back seam and try it on first, just in case.

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