I really am the last person to jump on board and sew a popular pattern; however, I needed a frock for the Year 12 formal dinner recently and as usual, I had minimal time to whip something together. Some beautiful fabric from my stash beckoned and as the print spoke for itself, I decided to try the Colette Laurel.
Silly me did not read any reviews and consequently, the bust darts have reached Everest while I am still down at base camp. There was also the usual whispering from the armpit / bust region and I am still trying to establish what is causing this. My new birthday present, Fitting and Pattern Alteration has some suggestions but in the post end-of-school-year flurry and brain drain, I am too sapped to concentrate on the technicalities.
I cut a straight size 0 and it fits over the hips fine as well as not being too big in the chest area. The fabric is a 100% silk twill from The Fabric Store underlined with silk habutai, also from The Fabric Store. It was nice to try a shift dress with some shape and with some tweaking, the pattern could come up a treat. Now, I also made version 2 yesterday. It is waiting only to be hemmed as although I like the colour combination, I am totally unsure of the pattern. My sister, Micky, has already contributed her opinion but further public opinion will determine its fate!
I was really hoping for a smart casual dress to wear over Christmas but this one is not it. Any suggestions for a pattern fitting the bill which accommodates a heavier bottom half? Thanks for reading and until next time…chat quietly amongst yourselves!