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!
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.