I took my sewing machine in for service yesterday. It was long over due – maybe 5 years? I won’t have it back for 7-10 days. Very sad. Fortunately, I finished this dress before I took it in. This is Colette Pattern Laurel dress. I think it’s supposed to be a shift-ish dress but on me, it’s like a loose shift dress. Despite my continued sizing issues, I love this dress!!! It’s super comfortable and perfect for summer.
I’m about ready to give up on Colette patterns (after I make another 100 of this dress). The patterns are cut for women who are far more voluptuous and short-waisted than me and I end up having to make a lot of adjustments to the pattern and then the dress once I have it sewed together. I was really careful when taking my measurements and picking the correct size pattern but it’s still kind of loose in the top and I ended up taking 1-2″ off the side seams.
The fabric is a Japanese print that I got on sale. How can you not love a dress that was made for $10?! I really love how it came out, even if it’s not the way it was supposed to come out. I have fabric for a sleeveless version that I’ll whip together when I get my machine back.
My mom taught me how to make a nice seam finish on the neckline by making my own bias tape. It’s a lot more comfortable than a interfaced yoke – I’ll have to keep this in mind on other projects.