Colette Laurel Dress
I've been looking to expand my skills in changing up a basic pattern, and Colette's latest release, the Laurel Dress, seemed like a perfect starting point. It's a basic shift dress with all kinds of options for customizing. For this version I actually made a muslin (a real muslin y'all - out of muslin!!) and that was worth the effort because I was able to really try out some ideas. I wrote on it with a sharpie, ripped it apart and stuff! I knew it wasn't ever going to be wearable so it gave me freedom to experiment.
Fabric used: Navy brushed twill and red linen "look"
I'm a submarine sailor's daughter, I can't help loving anything remotely nautical. At least I didn't put an anchor on it.
So for this version the changes were:
- I added pleats at the front sides to add waist definition
-I changed to short sleeves
-drafted a peter pan collar using Gertie's tutorial in her book an also online
-added a bunch of trims like ric-rac, strips of bias, and machine embroidery
Let me explain, I worked on the dress over about a two week period due to my time constraints, being a mom of 4 kids. Everything was going as planned and I was proud I had taken my time. As a last step I wanted to embroider the swallow and hooped up my finished dress. Disaster!!! Let's just say I ruined it. I actually had to cut off the whole lower portion of the dress. There ain't no seam ripper that can get out machine embroidery stitches. So yesterday I took it out when I had a few free hours and had to "Make it Work". I added on to the lower portion and used the accent trim to hide the join. The second time I got smart and embroidered the bird separately, then added it as a patch. If I ruined the project again, I couldn't take it. So I think it worked out well in the end!
Are you sewing a Laurel Dress? They even have a contest running until the end of April!
Check it out!