Finished! Colette Laurel
Sunday, April 7, 2013
I'm on a roll. I finished something else and took more pictures. I am quite proud of myself.
This is my version of the Colette Laurel pattern, an easy-fitting shift dress.
I like this dress, but I'm not in love with this dress. This marked my first time making a shift dress. I've always wanted to make one but could never decide on a pattern. When the Colette Laurel popped up, I figured I would give it a try.
Per the usual, the Colette pattern instructions were excellent and the pattern was well drafted. There is even a free booklet with ideas on modifying the pattern. The neckline and sleeves are finished with bias tape, which adds to the ease of construction. I have a love/hate relationship with bias tape. Sometimes it makes a garment look a bit homemade. Other times, not so much. I made my own bias tape for this dress.
As far as alterations go, mine were few. I made a size 14 for the bust and shoulders and a size 12 for the waist and hips. I used a hem facing, so my actual hem size was about 1/2". That was it. The fit was spot-on.
Next time around, however, I plan on lowering the neckline. Every time I sit down the neckline kind of choked me a bit. I would also shorten the sleeves.
For the fabric, I used a cotton-linen blend purchased from Joann. The website lists it as a cotton/rayon blend but on the bolt it was listed as cotton-linen. I'm inclined to agree with the latter as the fabric is missing rayon's trademark drape. Using linen was also a first for me. I hope to repeat this in the future. It was a bit sheer so I underlined it with white cotton/poly batiste.
I don't know if shift dresses are for me. It was flattering and all but I don't know. It's cute and easy to wear but it just doesn't do it for me. I think the neckline is too high. I will make it again with a lower neckline and see if that changes my mind.
It's a great pattern though and a great basic shift dress. Most of the ones I've come across are shapeless, this one is quite flattering. I like it but I want to love it. I'll tweak it some more and see what happens.