Colette Patterns Myrna dress

It seems my relationship with Colette Patterns is having a bit of a renaissance as I have made my second Colette pattern in two months and it has been a great experience. The Myrna dress came out recently and I fell hard for it and got it immediately. It hits that sweet spot of seventies does forties for me. Then I received the prettiest viscose in my February box from Sew Hayley Jane:

It’s from Art Gallery Fabrics and it’s from the Tiny Dancer series. I knew it would become the Myrna dress immediately. It’s floaty and summery and the dress could become a perfect summer party dress.

This was a nice pattern to sew. It runs true to size and everything came together perfectly. After Claudette this is another great experience with a Colette pattern. I know they lost their mojo for a while, but I’m definitely enthusiastic again about the patterns. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and am very pleased with the fit. It’s only fitted at the waist and I chose my size based on finished measurements. I chose to have 2 centimeters ease. There’s 3 darts on the back neckline and the front is shaped by gathering. The gored skirt has 8 skirtpieces.

I used a couple of different finishes on this. The neckline was finished with foldover elastic. This will ensure that the neckline won’t stretch out and gives it the perfect amount of body.

I finished the seams with pinking scissors. This gives you a finish that won’t show up on the right side of the fabric, which is very nice with lightweight fabric like this. I used a rolled hem on the bottom and sleeves.

Will make this again!


Burdastyle: and now the real thing

Remember this dress?

It was inspired by this Burdastyle dress:

I did not have enough fabric for the real thing, but I kept thinking about a white version of this dress and so I bought fabric and traced the pattern (I always put off tracing, but it’s never as bad as anticipated). I used my new rotary cutter and it made the proces of cutting so much faster. The pattern itself was easy to sew up. I didn’t use the instructions. My order of sewing has been firmly ingrained by my sewing teacher. I did read through the instructions to avoid making the same mistake I made with my Orsola (I sewed up the straps first, not the way to go). I sew up the entire front first, then the entire back, add sleeves, sew the sideseam in one continuous flow, finish neck, sleeves and hem.

I got the fabric from here. It’s called optical white and lovely to work with. The pattern calls for 3 metres, but because the fabric is broad I managed to cut it out of two metres instead. There was a slight cutting mishap on the front bodice, which I discovered after attaching the knot and skirt and then decided to fix by making a yoke.

I’m pretty happy with this dress. It’s nice for those inbetween seasons months, like March and October.

Will definitely make again. Maybe not with the yoke though 😉.

Sew House 7 Tea House dress

I have been intrigued by this dress ever since seeing Devin Iott’s version, but it didn’t feel like a pattern that would look good on me. Because it kept popping up in my imagination I decided to wait for a sale and then get the pattern to get it out of my head.

I decided on making this first in a fabric that I didn’t really like:

At first I made the midi version, but that did not work on me (sadly no photo to demonstrate this). I think I like the shape on me? I’m still not sure! I did know I wouldn’t wear it as was, because it reminded me of a hospital gown. So I dyed the dress tulip red (as it says on the package).

I like it a lot now! Construction wise this was a breeze. I lowered the pockets to create less bulk around the hips, but otherwise this is as the pattern was intended. If I would make this again (which I might), I would use either a heavier fabric than this cotton lawn or a more drapey fabric.