I made up the Collette Pattern that I had on the boards for a few weeks. I really sweated on the fabric choice here. I wanted a ton of pattern, which I knew would mean sacrificing the insanely cute pockets—just too much going on. But I also knew if I made made this in a solid color, it would show so many potential flubs, especially with the gathering. I found this outstanding silk at Mill Ends and had to buy it immediately. Check out Melissa's version. It looks so awesome.
I realize now I probably needed to make it in a smaller size. This style of dress is not one I would normally make for myself, so I was a out of my element on the bust/ribcage/waist measurements. I also made quite a few changes to the pattern, so many it's confusing and too long to list—but in a nut shell, I lined the bodice instead of making a facing. So, this affected the gathers. I also ditched the button strap detail and made normal straps. I'm glad I lined the bodice, the silk would have been a bit thin on its own.
The pattern itself was a pleasure. The directions are clear, easy to follow, and the format of the pattern is really pleasing to use. I think she has a great pattern line here and my only caveat is that I would not recommend this dress to beginning sewers. But for sewers up for more of a challenge, this is a really rewarding pattern to tackle. I can't wait try the skirt next.
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