Tuesday, October 09, 2012

"MissPurple" a pastille


Inspiration: I really love the deep plum colour of this fabric and I felt would be really pretty if I styled my hair and make up with a 40's feel.



Fabric: 97% Shantung  with 3% Stretch. It has a lot of movement and its very comfortable to wear it.
It was very hard to photograph and press!

Size and alterations: All over the place. I have slim hips  and Colette patterns bottom-half are so large for me. Just for the record I'm a size 12 UK. I overlapped my block and it hit size 0. With my fitting insurance I cut size 4. Worked well and I sewn my stitching line based on my block shape and it means It also reshaped the skirt to be more fitted. The top I cut a size 8 and move the darts. The top back was giving me hunchback that even the hunchback of Notradame would be jealous. I manage to fix it but didn't notice the extra bulge until I sewn a perfect invisible zipper. Im not modifying it at the moment . For future reference I still needed to reduce the back length about few cms. An average for me its about 3 centimetres. The skirt length was cut on size 0 and fits nicely.


Pattern: Colette Pastille, part of their book!

Year: Modern

Notions:None

Time to complete: Oh man, the pattern is relatively easy but I procrastinated so much it took few hours saturday from last week and then this weekend I finished. No idea how many man hours was invested.

First worn: Today

Will you make it again?Yes. I love the sleeves and neckline. Im thinking this would be great pattern to make my mom some dresses too.

What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern:Colette has some beautiful design features and as I learn how I tackle my particular fitting issues on colette patterns the better I enjoy the result.








Did you use new skills or a particular skill: I loved sewing the pleats even with this hard to press fabric.

Total cost: £15

Photo shoot camera: Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod

♫: Paloma Faith

 



I love autumn, look how beautiful my local park looks.



58 comments:

  1. Wow what a beautiful opening shot! Lovely Pastille Rachel - my favourite so far. The colour is divine on you x

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  2. just amazing. amazing dress, fit, colour, photos, everything. x

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  3. i love the pastille pattern and this colour is just gorgeous! you got the perfect fit!

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  4. It looks like a great fit on you, so worth all the time spent. The colour is lovely on you too.

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  5. The dress is wonderful. I especially like the pairing with the jacket and fur collar.

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  6. Never mind the park, look how beautiful YOU look! Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I love that colour and the neckline shaping, the bodice fit ... everything!

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  7. One of the best fitting and prettiest Pastilles I've seen yet! You and the dress look gorgeous!

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    1. Those were exactly the words I was going to use x

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  8. A lovely dress, Rachel. The whole ensemble is great!

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  9. Your dress looks so perfect, the colour, the fit, the background :) I love it! Can't wait untill I know enough of fitting and patternmaking to make a dress that fits so well.

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  10. Very beautiful dress, and the last photo amazing just for your bright face! :)

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  11. Hello,
    I follow your blog the last months.
    For accuracy, I have search it all because it is so interesting!
    I've started sewing before a year, but I still learning.. so, I really enjoy watching your work and every project process.
    I envy that dress(always by the possitive side!), it fits you really nice and the colour tone is perfect.
    Congrats for your work, I wish you never run out of inspiration.
    Friendly,
    Poppy

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  12. What a beautiful dress, and you look incredible in it!

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  13. Stunning my dear, the colour and style are divine on you!xx

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  14. I hope you realise how wicked and mean you are, making me so green with envy I now have a headache. lol. I LOVE the colour on you Rach. It is really beautiful. I need that fabric.

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  15. Love love LOVE that color on you! This is an amazingly flattering look on you - more dresses like this, and definitely more of this color! Well done :)

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  16. Gorgeous dress and photos. Love the styling. You're making me reconsider this pattern!

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  17. Fantastic dress!! That's a gorgeous color on you!

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  18. I love everything about this post: the dress, the fabric, the styling, the background. LOVE!

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  19. parabéns Kel, esse vestido ficou realmente muito lindo. Quero um para mim. bjs

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  20. Perfect! I'm so impressed by all the fitting you do. This color looks fantastic on you, and I really love how you styled the dress with the jacket and hat too!

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  21. You look unbelievably gorgeous!!! The colors and styling suite you SO well!!

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  22. Oh my Rachel..............You look beautiful and love the dress on you. Great fit ,and pretty color..

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  23. This is absolutely gorgeous! You've really nailed the fit, and your styling is amazing! Great job, girl!

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  24. One of the nicest Pastille's I have seen. Your fabric is lovely, the color so good on you and your fitting is impeccable. Bravo!

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  25. Awesome fit, awesome colour, awesome styling, awesome pictures! That first one looks straight out of a fashion magazine!
    I'd been unsure about making a pastille, I think the pastel Colette styling put me off but you've shown me a completely different look with yours and now I really want to make my own! congratulations!

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  26. I really love this plum colour- it steps the Pastille up from floaty and fun to more structured and professional. Congrats on acing the fitting issues- you really persevered with this project and it has paid off! Stunning!

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  27. Fabulous dress, I didn't know that Colette patterns could make something so sexy. Where did you get that fabric?

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  28. Fits like a glove and the colour is really rich and beautiful. Congratulations

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  29. Looks so great on you! The colour is just delicious! Do you have to make any adjustments such as sway back or anything? If not, I am so jealous at how perfect everything fits you!!

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    1. I got so many alterations its not funny . My neck is size 8. I need to leghten everything to fit my height , Fba ,I got forward shoulders, hollow chest and more... I drafted my basic blocks and use them as guidance and I dead dwarfs and tucks and pleats are my best friends

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    2. Darts .. Oh phone spell check brrr

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    3. Well you have mastered all your alterations for sure! What a fab fit! Love your dresses, they always look stunning xx

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  30. ooh, this is such a gorgeous autumn-y dress - loving the deep purple with the golds and reds and browns of the surroundings :) Looks like you've got a superb fit on this too - just lovely!!

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  31. Oh Em Gee!! That seals it, i _have_ to make the pastille in a shiny silk satin!

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  32. Oh my lord, this is stunning. JUST STUNNING! Well done.

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  33. WOW!!! Gorgeous dress, Love the color, it's perfect! congrats!!

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  34. Oh, wow- looks amazing! You know, I have seen a bunch of Pastilles by now, and they all seem to mention the bulge of extra length in the back. Sounds like the pattern was drafted a bit weirdly.
    Such a beautiful colour too. Awesome job! :)

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  35. Stunning! This colour is amazing on you, looks so beautiful with your lovely dark hair :)

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  36. I love the styling and the mood of the photos. That purple is to die for! I can't wait to make my own Pastille eventually...

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  37. Va va voom! Your dress looks amazing.

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  38. The dress looks amazing!I love the fabric that you used!I began sewing the pattern as well a few months ago,but the fitting was so bad and my fitting skills are not so great that I was very discouraged.Now it decorates the pile of my unfinished sewing projects!

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  39. Simply beautiful, wow.

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  40. THE COLOR IS SOOOOO STUNNING!!! Seriously - you look so fantastic in this style and color. I love all of your accessories that you paired it with for the photo shoot - absolute perfection!

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  41. wow you look stunning in the dress and how you accessorised it.

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  42. Thank you for all your lovely comments ... Each one of them was heart warming . This is so motivating as this dress almost became an UFO as I had issues on the bodice to sit nicely... I'm really delighted

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  43. wow! you look stunning! amazing dress and even more amazing photos.

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  44. Absolutely beautiful...you look amazing! Great job on the pleats with this fabric!

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  45. Wow! Fits like a glove! Purple is gorgeous on you Rachel.

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  46. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!

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  47. this is lovely! fit is great and i love the way you styled it.

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  48. This dress is absolutely beautiful on you! The color is gorgeous.

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