can you believe that i actually started this dress a little over a month ago? i got halfway through the construction – completed the bodice, basically – and then sadly put it aside to work on lladybird duds. i was so excited to finish it, i went straight home after the big event & had it completed in time to wear it that night! yay!
this pattern was SO EASY to put together – and so very flattering (if i do say so myself!). also, i just really love the fabric. i love it so much, i want to eat it. is that weird? that is kind of weird.
as mentioned, i used the rooibos as my pattern, and like i said: easy easy EASY. i decided to pipe the neckline & arm openings & pockets – piping the neckline was kind of fiddly & i ended up picking out my stitches several times, but i absolutely think it was worth it in the end. i considered piping the waistline as well, but i think i tend to overdo it with my piping & i wanted to keep that shizz simple!
the fabric is this gorgeous cotton/rayon (i think?) blend that i picked up at a yardsale a month or so ago. it is very soft & comfortable! i used cotton broadcloth to make my own piping – bright, screaming yellow. i bound the facing edges in bright yellow bias tape, which i miraculously had in my stash, which miraculously matched perfectly, and there was miraculously *just enough* to go around. MIRACULOUS.
the only pattern adjustment i made was that i ended up taking a quite a bit off the waistline – 1/2″ off each side. it looked a little dumpy on me when it wasn’t perfectly fitted. i cut the pattern in a straight 4, but i think next time i will grade the waist down to a 2. i’ve noticed i take the waist in every time i make up a colette pattern, so this will probably end up being a regular adjustment that i make in the future.
i didn’t close up the top part over the zipper on the side… i had already serged the seams down & i didn’t feel like unpicking it. next time! this works fine, though. i put a hook & eye at the top.
oh, and my invisible zipper is METAL? weird, huh? i’ve never seen a metal invisible zipper. i bought a whole mess of them at the flea market from my favorite vendor… just happened to have this yellow one that matched perfectly.
i forgot – i made a matching yellow belt to wear with it!
i used a vintage buckle, covered in yellow fabric, and belt backing. i bought my stuff at the flea market & my local fabric store, respectively, but sunni also sells them in her shop. it is WORTH IT – belt backing is waaaay more stable than using interfacing. and self-covered buckles! my favorite!!
pretty thrilled with my new dress :) i already bought fabric to make a winter version – lipstick red fine wale corduroy. i am stuck on trying to decide on contrast fabric, though. i’m thinking a red-based plaid for the facing & pocket piping… and a matching red plaid belt! what do you think? if i can find the plaid in time, i will definitely follow the colette rooibos sewalong!