Hello dear readers!
Ever since I ordered my first Colette patterns, it’s been Colette craziness in Kat land. If you remember, I had numerous and rather large fitting issues with the Jasmine, but through some persistence and some wine, I made ‘er fit!
Check out my review on Pattern Review here.
I wanted to make a wearable muslin, since I wasn’t entirely sure my substantial fitting adjustments would translate well into the actual garment…and my muslin was a royal frankenmuslin mess.
Soooo, that’s what Spotlight’s for right? I picked up some $10/m ‘nautical’ voile (or so they say, I thought it was more retro, but who am I to argue with Spotlight) and went to toooooooooooown! And hola it turned out great!
Wait, wait, piccies coming soon….because I have another surprise!
I whipped up a Ginger too!
This is a lovely simple A-line which I bought as a download for a student of mine who wanted to make a simple beginner skirt, and I thought this fit the bill nicely. The pattern only had one error – the notches on the waistband don’t match up! I thought I was going crazy, but they just don’t. So, if you’re making this, don’t worry about the notches, just match the tops and bottoms and you’ll be fine.
Of course, I can’t just whip up a quick little A-line, can I?
No, no apparently I cannot.
If there is anyone who can turn a 2 hour skirt into a couture legacy…it’s yours truly!
I picked up a lovely wide olive green cord and thought to myself, “Self, this lovely wide cord would look great as the bias version as it would make a rather nice chevron!” Nice idea self!
Oh, and maybe I could Hong Kong finish those seams! Oh yeah! I totally could!
And and maybe a hand picked zip! Yeah yeah!!!
And a custom facing! By this time I was sweating and shaking in anticipation.
So, what was supposed to take me 2 hours took me 3 days…but hey, that’s just the way I roll.
I used a quilting cotton you may remember from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when on my Mother’s Day quilt.
So, here are the lovely innards
The Hong Kong binding worked beautifully. I actually did it before I sewed the pieces together, which was much much easier. I also fell stitched the facing to the waist seam to avoid seeing stitching on the outside. And, I hate stitch in the ditch (just to put it out there).
And I seriously don’t think I’ll ever put in a machine zip again…I heart hand picked zips!
As for the Jasmine, the only construction detail I changed was to do away with the facing (too bulky!) and instead finish the neckline with a bias strip. Bias doesn’t fray, so I left the edge raw. I did stitch very close to the edge, that’s extra insurance. I think it worked very well.
Oh yeah, and I lengthened that gorgeous bow by about 30cm.
I made the version with the notched sleeve because I thought it was a nice detail. And I put a super cute little button just for fun!
Okay, you’ve all been really patient, so here’s my Colette ensemble! Kat presents the Jasmine and Ginger stellar comborama!
I’m rather tickled by my new outfit I think I’ll make more! I also heart the fact that I can dress like this in ‘winter’…+19 in Perth today. Try this in Winnipeg in winter and you’d probably die. Serious.
Goes to show you can take a simple pattern and make it last as long as you want!
Do you do anything to make your projects that little bit more ‘special’? Do you have any special touches you add? Love to hear about it
Relax and Enjoy,