Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sew Colette 2.0 : The Peony

I have a feeling this dress is gonna get a lot of wear out of it...



Like several others I had some fitting issues with those pesky bodice darts.   I thought I had it all figured out but there was still a little puckering in the boobage area to fix.  A big thank you to Rochelle and Lauren for the very helpful post.  I discovered my dart points didn't exactly match up.  After making those adjustments the dress came together fairly easy.  So lemme break it down for you...

Fabric:
Plaid suiting I picked up from JoAnn's.  The pocket lining is gabardine and matches the green in the plaid perfectly.  Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the pockets and it's kind of hard to see the green stripe in the plaid.


Alterations:
The bodic darts were both moved over closer to the sides by 2 inches and shortened by 1 inch.  The bust darts were also shortened by 1 inch.  I used pleats instead of the gathers on the skirt.  The front and back shoulders were extended by 2 inches and the neckline was made more round in preperation for.....


My own little something special:
A peter pan collar drafted using Gertie's fabulous book.  If you don't own this book yet I highly recommend getting it.  Gertie is just the bomb!

I intended on taking pictures outside but it's real windy out as you can see (who am I shitting, it's always windy out here in the country)..and absolutely freezing.


I had to make due with the laundry/sewing room.  It's the best room in the house for pictures as far as lighting goes.



 I'm super duper serial guysss!!


Matching the plaids was a real chore.  I have to say I did a fairly good job considering I totally forgot I was working with plaid when I cut my pattern out. Doh!  The hardest part was trying to match up the plaid while installing the invisible zipper.
 


I will now be working on the Sewaholic's Thurlow trousers.  Lladybird is having a sew along and I'm a little behind.  I guess shitty days like these are good for something, catching up on sewing projects.




33 comments:

  1. Very fashionable, flattering, and fabulous dress on you. Your Peter Pan collar is darling!

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    1. Thank you! Can't believe I was able to make my own!!

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  2. Beautiful. Great fabric and fit. I am in spring now but when winter comes around down here in Oz I'd love to make a winter Peony like yours. It's very classy.

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    1. So far this is my favorite Colette dress. It's so comfy too.

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  3. So cute. I love the collar addition. I'm loving my Peony so much I'm thinking about other versions and I think adding a collar will keep my wardrobe interesting. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Yes I think I'm Peony obsessed now. I'm going to finish my muslin and make it wearable then I've been thinking of all the other Peony's I could make!!

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  4. Very nice plaid matching!
    -Sandra

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    1. Thank you! It was a real bear but I made it happen.

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  5. Super pretty! Now I want to make a Peony, suddenly ...

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  6. I love the Peter Pan collar, its a great fit, and I'm really impressed at how well you matched the plaid at the seams. Love it!

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    1. Thank you! So glad that the peter pan collar turned out so well.

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  7. This is a great looking dress! I really like the Peter Pan collar.

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  8. This is freaking ADORABLE!! It's gotta be my favourite thing that you've made so far! It's awesome :) You look so cute :)

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    1. Thank you! I think it's one of my favorites too.

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  9. Your Peony is spectacular: so autumnal, so stylish, so perfect. You scored an awesome fit! You look great!

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  10. So perfect! I'm am very very jealous of the fit!

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    1. Thanks! What a long strange trip its been!

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  11. How cute! This looks adorable on you! Love it!

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  12. This is gorgeous looks so pretty on you!! Well done.

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  13. Oh such a lovely dress. Just perfect for the Autumn and such a lovely pairing with your colouring :)

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    1. Thank you! Love your name by the way! Always said if I ever had a girl I wanted to name her Rehanon, though I've never seen it spelled that way. I only seen it spelled Rhiannon like the Fleetwood Mac song. :)

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  14. I'm late on this but I just had to tell you I love this. I really would never have thought of adding a collar to this dress and I think it looks great and managed to keep it's 60's vibe! Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Jamie! I'm amazed that I was able to pull it off! lol

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  15. That dress is sooooo cute!!! ;D Love the collar and that it has pockets.

    xo
    summer

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  16. That's soooooo cute! The nicest Peony I've seen, great work lady! xxx

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  17. This looks really great, very flattering :)

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