Colette Claudette

The theme of 2018 so far seems to be: ‘Make what you fall in love with’. I’m okay with that as I have gotten so much enjoyment from making the things I’ve made in the past few weeks. I really took my time, tried to get all the details right and just enjoyed the process so much. This Colette patterns Claudette dress was again a love-at-first-sight-pattern and an unusal silhouette for me.

I went for version 3, the one you see pictured above. There are four versions in the booklet, but you can mix and match to your heart’s desire. I thought version 3 would be great for the crepe I got from my husband’s grandmother with it’s cowl. I loved sewing all the darts, there’s a total of 12 darts to sew. Two of these are french darts, which I had not sewn before.

These are the front skirt darts:

Everything came together without a glitch, all notches matched and the whole thing was without any frustrations or problems. It also runs true to size for me. I think the back might be the best fitting of any of my dresses.

That all being said and done: I’m not in love with the dress I ended up with. I think the fabric doesn’t really suit me and that it is obvious that someone else bought it for herself. I would not have picked this out for myself because these aren’t my colours. I love the fabric, but not on me. I definitely will make this dress again though! Probably in a pretty solid to show off all the details of the design.


Mesa dress with ruffle

I’ve made the Mesadress from Seamwork magazine a couple of times when it came out teo years. It’s a nice t-shirt dress with a flattering shape to it. I hadn’t thought about this pattern in a while, but then I got this amazing stained window glass fabric and was in need of a simple pattern to show off this amazing print.

When researching the Mesadress on instagram I found this version with a ruffle added to the hem. I thought that this in combination with the stained glass fabric would lead to a Dolce & Gabbana kind of dress and I think I’m right 😉

The fabric is very slinky, so my ruffle doesn’t really stand out. But I’m pretty happy with it anyway!

I also got a very vibrant red jersey from the same shop and had intended that for a shirt, but the Mesadress seemed like a great match for this one too. I first tried it with just the ruffle on the hem.

The sleeves felt a bit too casual, so I ended up adding ruffles to those too!

I normally would never go for a dramatic sleeve like that, but I really like it!

For both dresses I just cut a band that was at least 1 1/2 times the circumference of the hem and gathered it with elastic cut to the same length of the hem itself. For the sleeves I doubled the length and gathered with gathering stitches. I attached the ruffle to the sleeve with a lightning stitch.

Round up of things I made

I keep wanting to blog my dresses thoroughly, but there’s little time these days. So a quick overview and a clean slate is in order.

1. Juliet blouse by Simple Sew

I got a lot of positive reactions on this, but I’m not sure myself. I’d make modifications to the neckline, sleeves and the placement of the waist. The fabric is lovely though and it feels great. I made a M, this pattern runs large.

2. Laurel dress by Colette Patterns

I love this fabric so much! I’m going to make pillow covers from the remnants so I can look at it all the time. I cut a size ten, which means that this pattern runs large too, because it should not fit me this well. I added darts to create more of a waist and some length. This was the first time I used biasbinding on the raw edges and I’m very pleased with the result.

3. Ariel dress by La Maison Victor (September-October 2015)

This dress is just so pretty in person and it doesn’t come across enough in photos. It’s flirty and feminine and I’m in love with it! I don’t think I’ve ever put this much work in a dress. All seams are bound. The hem and facing have been stitched invisibly. There was a lot of pressing. The fabric is a beautiful medium weight crepe that hangs perfectly. Yup, love this dress!

4. Gillian wrapdress by Muse Patterns

I’ve owned this pattern for quite some time and I never even taped the pdf together because the examples shown in the pattern instructions kind of put me off. I bought it based on the version that you see on Indiesew, which is a beautifully sewn purple version. But I wanted a wrapdress and didn’t want to buy a new pattern, so I taped the thing and made it the next day and love it. I think it’s a very sophisticated dress and I love the little forties details. Also, it’s one of those rare wrappdresses that shows no cleavage when I bend over. That’s a neccessity when teaching.

5. McCall’s 7433

I’m not going to lie: it is a tight fit. It was meant to be, in fact all these dresses were supposed to be tight because I still want to wear them in two months. I’m losing weight again after taking a four month break and made all my recent clothes to fit a slightly smaller me at the weight where I want to end up. All the other dresses fit me better than they were supposed to, but are easy to take in. This one’s tight, but as I made it for summer that was the way it was supposed to be. I loved making this. It’s a supersoft double gauze by Cloud9 fabrics and it frays like crazy. All seams are bound. I wish I had done an invisible hem, but I will the next time as this pattern is a contender for my les fleurs navy rayon from Cotton+Steel. The instructions were clear and everything went together like a dream. This will be so wonderful to wear as the weather gets better!

5. The Susie blouse from Sew over it

This is going to be a great staple! I was a bit hesitant to sew it as I couldn’t understand how it could be both flattering and without closings. But it works wonderfully and I can see a couple more of these in my future. I hadn’t added the cuffs when I took this photo. They really make for a professional loooking sleeve though!

6. A ton of Moneta’s by Colette Patterns

This is a size L. I made no alterations except for adding width to the skirt for the boxpleats. When I gather the skirt it really emphasizes my belly. As you can see the boxpleats create a sort of panel over my belly that slims everything down. I add about 15 centimeters to the pattern pieces. As I’m 5’11 you’d think I’d need to add lenght to the bodice or skirt, but I really don’t. I think the extra weight of the skirt drags the bodice down. I also added a neckband per the tutorial on the Colette blog. I did the same for the next couple of Moneta’s:

This next one is different. I own so many Moneta’s I wanted to change it up. I added the Seamwork Margo skirt to the Moneta bodice. I’m pretty pleased with the result:


Green Dahlia

I never shared the finished green dahlia from my first post. It took me a long time to finish and re-finish and re-finish, as I was not satisfied with the neckline, shoulders and the way it sat at my waist. I kinda love it now, though I can still see the flaws and this morning I was contemplating re-doing the biastape at the neckline all over again.

I love this color, it’s what drew me to this pattern in the first place as the model was wearing something similar. It’s a flattering dress I think and I will make more versions of it.


Yet another Moneta

I think this is number 12. Moneta was the first piece of clothing that I made almost two years ago. I loved how forgiving knits are. I started experimenting with the pattern, small alterations here and there. My moneta’s are all subtly different from another.

One thing that I keep returning to is boxpleats instead of gathers. I don’t like the pouffiness of gathers on me. For this version I also used the tutorial on adding a shoulder yoke from the March 2015 edition of Seamwork. I experimented with the embroidery on my machine for the neckline and sleeves.

I finished the hem with a twin needle, this is a neat way to finish them, though hemming is still my least favorite thing to do while sewing.