Monday, October 18, 2010

Colette Patterns: The Ceylon Dress

I haven't actually been sewing my head off--I made this Ceylon dress in June. And enjoyed wearing it so much this summer--I even camped in it. The lightweight cotton shirting is so light it practically floats off the dress-form. When I make it next, I'll do it in a little heavier fabric. In fact, I'm thinking of a stable wool jersey, or a crepe, and making one up with long sleeves for colder weather.

Don't be intimidated by the number of different little pieces in this pattern. Lots of seams can mean lots of opportunity for improved fitting. And the instructions are very, very careful and clear!

This dress very effectively balances comfort and flattery, with that wide set-in cummerbund-style waist. Sail on, Colette!


Lisa said...

Wowee, Anna! Do they have any idea of how much you love their patterns?


Roxanne said...

Lovely fitted dress!

I know you're a fan of "housedresses" and I have a question:

What shoes do you wear for everyday activities to go with your housedresses?

Allison said...

wow such a beautiful dress, you must have an amazing array of handmade clothing in your wardrobe :-)

I wish I could wear dresses this nice all of the time, I know it'd make me happier than ill fitting jeans. Thanks for showing us your sewing creations.


Martha A. said...

That is really pretty! How small do their patterns go?

Anna said...

Martha, I think there are sizing charts at the website with each pattern.

Roxanne, I usually wear Mary Janes with a low or medium heel.

Caroline said...

Oh! This is so breezy and beautiful.

Michele said...

Anna is right about Colette's Patterns. My daughter and I made a dress last year and we loved the format of her pattern. The instructions come in a little booklet instead of pattern sheets. The pattern pieces go in a slot on the back cover for convenient storage. The instructions are easy enough for someone teaching themselves to sew. And it doesn't hurt that her designs are so attractive.

appledapple said...

I love it!

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