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All of my theatre and kids sewing projects lately have got me pining away to make something for myself.
A sensible person might just take a break from any kind of sewing at all. But I think I may have a problem.
Seriously, my brain is tired from writing tutorials, drafting patterns, and frankensteining existing patterns to make things like jodphurs and pumpkin shorts for big huge men!
I just want to follow a pattern and make something cute for me.
I stumbled across a Sew A Long going on at Rhinestones and Telephones the other day and I was just in time to join in on the Colette Patterns Sew A Long! There are some great bloggers guest posting and all sorts of fun info about things like how to do a Full Bust Adjustment. They actually make it seem fun!
I love the patterns and have made a few. They are well drafted and usually fit me with few adjustments needed.
The first dress being made in the Sew A Long is the Hazel Pattern.
Here are some photos from the Colette Site.
I can’t decise to make mine from an old vintage tablecloth, seersucker with red piping or blue chambray with red gingham piping. Which would you make?
This week the Sew A Long has been focusing on bust fitting issues and making muslins.
I don’t have time to go through all that and just finished taping up my downloadable pattern so I’m just going to get started without a muslin.
BTW, some of the Colette patterns are available as instant downloads now. I still prefer having an actual paper pattern as taping together 30 pieces of paper is a real hassle. But I wanted to work on the dress over the weekend so I just went ahead and bought the downloadable version.
I feel like this is a commercial for Colette patterns but I have to say I love them and the only reasons I don’t have all of them is because
1. I am too cheap to buy them.
2. I have been trying to draft my own patterns more and more.
3. I have similar styles in my vintage pattern collection.
Here are some Colette patterns I have made in the past:
Colette Crepe in cotton gingham
Colette Oolong in stretch cotton knit. Love that cheesecake shot!
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