First let me thank you all for the lovely comments on my latest Elisalex, I know I don’t respond to all of them but I do read and appreciate every one of them 🙂
Now onto a new (to me) pattern, the Colette Patterns Parfait dress. I have had this a while but had never gotten around to sewing it. When I bought some seersucker recently the first pattern I thought of was this one, I don’t always have an exact pattern in mind when I buy fabric, I always know whether I can see it as a dress or top or skirt or whatever, but not always specifically a pattern.
I have always been intrigued by this pattern as I felt with the bust gathers it probably wouldn’t need an FBA and would be easier to alter. Gathers are much easy to adjust compared with darts!
So voila, the finished product:
As is usual with Colette patterns for me, I cut a different size front and back, I always find they are so generous across the back. I cut a size larger than normal for the bust piece to save doing an FBA. I tested this theory first on a muslin and it worked well.
I had to narrow the waistband by about an inch as I am short-waisted, well actually I’m short everywhere!
I am not 100% sold to be honest. I feel like it makes me look even more busty than normal, hence my title translated as “It’s not perfect but it’s ok”. I also don’t love the silhouette of the skirt and I would be more comfortable with a fuller skirt like a dirndl or even a circle skirt.
These photos are all taken on a recent weekend away with darling hubby – our 9 year wedding anniversary – I can’t believe it has been that long! We spent a lovely peaceful and relaxing long weekend at the beach. It looks like we are the only people there, but it was actually super windy so everyone was avoiding the exfoliating properties of the sand and wind!! We didn’t end up spending much time on the beach but we had a fabulous time chillaxing in the sheltered area by the hotel pool. I did lots of reading and soaking up the sun.
Hubby took the photos, I am not sure he is much of a director but we had fun – here are some out-takes:
I digress, back to the dress.
– I like the button detailing on the straps
– The pocket detail is cute
– it was easy to sew together and the instructions were clear
– the side zipper is really annoying, I much prefer the zip in the back. I have restricted movement in my arm and find it hard to reach.
– not sure it is the most flattering of silhouettes for me
– it has facings – I hate facings! If I make it again, I would cut the bodice twice and self line it
– where the overlap is on the shoulder straps does not sit properly so I had to hand stitch it in place to stop it sitting wonky
Would I make it again:
Hmmm…maybe with a few changes…actually unlikely but I might steal some design details.
Pattern – Colette Parfait
Fabric – 2m of cotton seersucker
Notions – 12″ zipper, thread, 4 x buttons from my stash