I’m slowly working my way through the Colette pattern collection, and I’ve finally begun working on my favorite of the dresses: Rooibos.
I picked out a basic red cotton for the dress, and a fun print that I reserved for another top... but had picked up a little excess just for this dress.
|Marking the darts on the bust.|
I was a little concerned that the dress would be really difficult due to the number of pieces in the pattern. Surprisingly I've only had a couple of moments where I've had to slow down to make sure I followed the directions exactly. One of which was finishing the sleeve portion of the top. I had never worked with a side zipper (only back) so this was the first time I'd encountered this method of sewing the lining to the outer fabric.
|Fabric is rolled and the two right sides are matched.|
Initially I rolled the fabric and pinned the sleeve edges in place... until I started thinking about how it would be attached to itself. I read the directions a couple of times and realized that the directions were telling me to take the fabric around the rolled edges so that the right sides matched. Once I did this, I stitched the pieces in place, inverted the top and... eureka! It worked! Then I repeated and did the same to the other edge. I still don't fully understand the logic of what I really did, but it worked and was very exciting.
|Progress on the top. I pinned down the front flap pieces just to see how it looked.|
|Beginning to match up the pockets with the outer dress pieces.|
I'll post the final dress details soon. I'm really happy with how it's been turning out and I've been learning a lot in the process.