Colette Pattern Review
July 7, 2010
Recently featured in the new August/September issue of Sew News Magazine, Colette patterns are a breath of fresh air in patterns. Upon receiving them here at Fabric.com, I bought 4! They are exquisite. The designs, by Sarai Mitnick, are classic and modern all at the same time. The edgy styling and vintage inspired looks immediately caught my attention.
The Macaron Dress is the first Colette Pattern I have made so far (like I said, I got a few). The instructions are simple and easy to follow. Instead of having a giant sheet folded 8 times to fit in a small pattern package, these instructions are in the form of a book. How easy! You always know what order to put pieces together. There is even a blank section in the back so that you can make notes about your project. However, there is an assumption that a certain skill level is required. For example: the instructions do not explain or diagram how to put in an invisible zipper; it simply instructs you to put the zipper in.
Preferring sleeveless, I opted out of the short sleeves for this particular dress. When my bodice was half complete, I simply used tailor's chalk to draw the sleeve that I wanted, and then made bias strips to bind the sleeve openenings. For the skirt pleating, I left the pleats open instead of stitching them closed right below the waistline. Another option I considered is to gather the skirt, instead of pleating.
As far as measurements are concerned, the fit of this garment is great! As standard practice, I rounded up for my size because of in-between measurements. However during the construction of the dress I realized that I actually could have rounded-down for this pattern. I used 3 fabrics from Timeless Treasures "Botanica" quilting cotton collection. The pieces of this Macaron Dress Pattern allow for creativity of mixing and matching fabrics, and a quilting collection is great because you can find coordinating prints and colors. Here are some quilting cotton collections I suggest for this dress: Michael Miller's Emmaline and Benartex Brooklyn Heights.
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