Colette Oolong: One pattern,three ways.

In the past I have had a few favorite sewing patterns, one of which would have to be the Oolong by Colette Patterns.
I was actually reading on Sarai of Colette’s blog today about sewing the Oolong in knit fabric and it reminded me of my sailor dress I made the summer before last.
Then I remembered the other two versions I made of the Oolong and thought it would be fun to share them….
Plus, some of these photos are so cheesy and I just love them…..
The pattern is a bias cut dress without a closure and very simple to make. 
I made three different versions of it, each with a  very different look.

Knit sailor dress
This version I cut two sizes small to accommodate the stretch and make it very slinky.
This dress needs Spanx for sure!
forties style sailor dress
forties style sailor dress

Thirties style bias dress
 This version is the most wearable in my opinion. it has two layers because the voile was see through. I added some little rosettes to the neckline and shirred the center seam of the neckline too. I also shortened the sleeves.
Thirties style dress
thirties style bias dress


thirties style velvet dress
On this velvet version of the Oolong I made, I added inset godets to the skirt and shirred the sleeves.
thirties style dress
 However due to the stiffness of this version’s fabric, this version is uncomfortable, and looks too vintage/costumey in my opinion. 
thirties style
thirties style dress
  As you can see, I rarely ever sew a pattern without making some changes to it.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
How about you? Do you like to change a pattern or do you prefer to stick to the original version?

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  1. domestic deconstructor says

    I LOVE Colette patterns – and what you did with them here is really exceptional. From Pin-Up to Classy – very nice.

  2. Becky (My Fabric Obsession) says

    These look great! I wish I could change a pattern, but I have too much fear. Instead I have clothing that I’ve made that doesn’t fit! 😉

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      I find if you use a cheap fabric it’s not such an issue….

  3. says

    you would never guess they were all from the same pattern! what you have done here is amazing. My personal favorite is the sailor dress, but hey, who doesn’t love a bit of nautical! It is a shame you are not a big fan of how the velvet one turned out, I think it looks gorgeous 😀
    Do you have any more plans for this pattern?

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      well, I am making a lot of my own design snow, so I am putting it on the backburner.

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      No this fabric is actually by the clothing company ROXY. I bought it in downtown LA for only 2 dollars a yard. I loved it.

  4. Sew Blessed Maw says

    I love your oolong’s. Each one is so pretty..
    I won this pattern on a give away from Sew Weekly.. I have never
    sewed it [shame on me].. I bought fabric[gorgeous fabric] and started
    cutting all the bias pieces.. Well, when I got down to the last pattern
    piece, I didn’t have enough fabric, and there was no getting any more.
    I had found it on ebay. I was so frustrated with it, I throwed it in a
    sack, and it is at the back of the closet..
    Now. You have encouraged me ,to get it back out.. ha.
    Your dresses are so pretty and look so pretty on you.. Happy sewing.
    bty– did you sew the top yoke together or did you do what the pattern
    instructions said, and lay it on top and top stitch?? I really didn’t
    like that idea?? thanks for your help.

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says

      I didn’t listen to the directions to topstitch the top piece dow. I wasn’t really sure why that was advised. I just sewed it like a regular waist seam. I also hate when I cut out a pattern and find that I am like 1/4 yard short. Uggghh!!!!

  5. says

    gorgeous! especially the second one! i found myself doing a wolf whistle. they all looked great, great talent great fabric, great job!

  6. Mie@Sewing Like Mad says

    wow, I can understand it is your favorite. You look so pretty in all three dresses.