Oh So Wholesome!

This is my first Colette pattern and I can I start by saying how much I love the packaging and presentation of these patterns? Now I am not normally one for instructions, but thought I would follow these as I am keen to fine tune my techniques and learn some new skills or new ways of doing things along the way. No-one actually taught me to sew, so it is probably about time that I learned the “real” way of doing things. All my previous knowledge has been from reading pattern instructions or trial and error.

I purchased the Violet pattern and decided I would make a wearable muslin – so please forgive the inperfections as the fit will be a work in progress.

Overall I am pretty happy with it (the super crazy grin is due to Mr Photographer-extraordinaire being a dork and not being serious at all in my blogging venture).  I think it is a nice wholesome look and makes a change from my usually dark coloured wardrobe.  I used a mini polka dot Japanese cotton and trimmed it with satin ribbon made into flat piping.  I shortened the sleeves (as I think I must have short arms) and replaced the elastic with satin bias binding.
I found the pattern seemed quite wide in the shoulders and have altered the pattern for future makes (already planning), I also shortened the body, being 5″2″ I find this is usually necessary for the waist to end up in the right place.
I did have one personal drama when constructing this – my overlocker had to go for servicing – how traumatic not having it for two whole weeks when I am on a sewing binge!  I used pinking shears for most of the seams and am quite pleased with the inside as it is quite tidy.
Pros for this:
  • Love the style
  • very comfortable
  • easy to make
  • great instructions
  • I like the piping detail
  • I am inbetween sizes so need to spend some time re-sizing the upper area to a smaller size and then doing an FBA
  • I cut the collar a bit big and so it seems a bit huge
  • I should have paid more attention to the collar fit also, but maybe these are imperfections others can’t notice (she says hopefully)
  • I am unsure about the gathering in the back and may omit it next time. Has anyone else experienced the same issue with the back bagging out on this pattern?
What I have learnt:
TAKE MORE TIME GETTING THE FIT RIGHT!!!  (yes I am yelling hoping it will sink in)
I wore this outfit all day today, not bad since it is supposed to be winter!