Sunday, June 16, 2013

Colette Peony

I finally found the time and sunshine to get some photos! I've been sewing a fair bit lately, but my creepy dark house mixed with non-stop rain makes for hard times for getting snappy.

First of all - the Colette Peony.  Remember ages ago I scored some beautiful barkcloth from the Paddington Antique Centre? Well, I did and it was a very exciting time! I cut this out Friday night, yes I know, what a rager, and had it completely finished by 4.30 the next day! I cut out a straight size 2, and didn't make any alterations, except instead of gathering the skirt at the waist I made pleats instead. The gathers with the heavy fabric were just not sitting right.  I then made a bow belt using Tilly's tutorial found here.  

Props to Colette patterns for making such a fabulous, simple pattern, A-line, boat neck, 3 quarter sleeves - A plus.  Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will lengthen the bodice a couple of inches as I have quite a long torso, and I would probably add a couple of inches to the skirt length, as I only sewed a tiny hem and it just sits a little higher than what I usually like.  But this is a winter dress anyway given the thick fabric so I'll be wearing it with tights and brogues I think! 

Here's a shot of the back

I have also been obsessively sewing gathered skirts because I love them. I made a black one not long ago and also recently made a denim version, seen below.  I originally bought the fabric to make another Colette Ginger but the denim is lighter in colour and weight than what I wanted so instead of wasting it I made another high waisted gathered skirt.

Then I made one for work in cream cotton sateen to try and tie in some of the earthy coloured tops I seem so fond of making, seen here with another Tilly bow belt and my modified Simplicity 2501.

I also made a Colette Sencha for my mum as a surprise gift but alas, it was too small for her, sad face.  I think it was the fabric I chose that made this such an unpleasant sewing experience and I don't know if many of you have tried this pattern out, but there was no way I could turn those skinny neck ties right way out.  I had quite the tantrum and instead used a black ribbon and covered some self-covered buttons in matching black for the back buttons.  This top wasn't great anyway with all the hand sewing and the key hole neckline pulls a bit so I don't mind so much that it didn't fit Mum as I'd like to sew her something amazing instead.  I've got some fabric to make the Mathilde blouse now that I know what size she is that I think she'll love.

I went into Lincraft on my lunch break on Friday and they STILL don't have any copies of Simplicity 1609 that I got so excited about a couple of months ago, so I bit the bullet and brought a downloadable version instead.  Then PrintSew failed to email me my login details and password so I had to chase them for it, sigh.  Anyway I finally got an email yesterday with it, so that should hopefully be my next project, I've got some black wool in my stash and want to add a lace collar.  I'm also playing around with good ol' New Look 6808, adding a tie collar to turn it into a pussy bow blouse with some very cool fabric so you'll be seeing that soon too.  



  1. You are queen of the gathered skirts! And super productivity. Most impressive!

  2. You have been a busy girl!
    Cutting fabric on a Friday night...I do it all the time! And then spend Saturday night sewing!
    That Peony is gorgeous and I think I may have to get my hands on the pattern.

  3. I too have an obsession at the moment with gathered skirts! Just cannot seem to stop.

  4. Very pretty, I really love the floral blouse & Collette Peony :)

  5. You've obviously been a busy bee and you've made some amazingly pretty things. I love the Colette Peony dress, the fit looks just right. Might need to get my mitts on that pattern now :D