Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Colette Patterns: The Oolong Dress


Another design from Colette Patterns, the Oolong dress. It's bias-cut, fully lined, and slips over the head with no closures. Easy, right?

Ha! Not for the faint of heart. It is very well-designed, and goes together sensibly, but all those pieces cut out one at a time on the bias will wear a girl out.


I used a gorgeous cotton lawn, with the most scrumptious sheer crispness-but-also-some-drape, and it was perfect. Lined with plain white lawn, it doesn't need a slip.


Extra credit to the designer for the instructions to press the give out of the pieces by stretching them gently down the ironing board. It really made the bias easier to control, and I've never done it before. Truly, Colette patterns are a sewing education.

15 comments:

Polly said...

It looks wonderful! As is often the case with patterns, the envelope drawing seems ho-hum, but the finished product looks lovely. The fit is perfect!

Owlhaven said...

Love this dress!!

Mary

Xenia Kathryn said...

That is gorgeous! I have this pattern... now I'm inspired to actually use it :) Great work!

Fe said...

(You appear to be missing an 'h' off the start of the dress URL.)

I'm so glad to see you posting again:-)

Rose said...

That is a superb dress and the colour is lovely on you!

MushyWear said...

It looks like all the hard work of cutting out paid off. What a pretty print and color and fits you beautifully. Very flattering.

Lisa said...

It looks very nice on you - very pretty!

Lisateresa

Tracy said...

I have to admit that just by going to the Colette site, I would never order one of their patterns. For the most part, I think they look frumpy on the models- not at all attractive. Your version looks NOTHING like their version. And that, is a good thing!

appledapple said...

Its really beautiful! I finally took the bait and went to their website and think I'll be ordering the Chantilly sometime very soon! Thanks for the link to such a great site!

Rhonda said...

That dress is gorgeous on you (Love the color) and you did an amazing job sewing it!

Laura said...

I love this dress, and your interpretation of it is wonderful. The cotton lawn takes it down a notch to casual. This looks like a great transition dress for late summer to fall -- throw a cardigan over it when the weather chills. *groan* If only I figure out how to make such a dress nursing-friendly!!

silly lilly's said...

You look lovely as always!

Susan said...

You really do justice to this dress. Did you make a lot of alterations because none of the dresses on her web site look as great as your?

Martha A. said...

That is a cute dress!! Do you think it would be hard to flare the skirt out a bit?

Anna said...

Martha, it's not going to flare because it's cut on the bias and it's going to want to cling.

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