The Laurel dress has been on my ‘to sew’ list ever since it was first introduced on the Colette Patterns blog, Coletterie, in March. The simple, easy shift silhouette initially lured me in and then the bonus pack with all the dress variations won me over and I knew I needed this pattern. I had plans to participate in the Colette Patterns sewing contest back in the spring, but I didn’t get my act together in time. Whoops. 🙂
Lucky for me, my favorite local fabric shop and sewing studio, Fabric Bliss, recently added the Laurel dress to their class schedule. I quickly signed up so I would finally make the time to sew this dress. I seriously love sewing classes. They are just so fun and I find that I always learn something new. Plus, it’s so nice to have a teacher on hand for questions and a bunch of other craft-minded people to chat with!
For this dress, I cut View 3 in a size 0. I decided not to do any of the variations since I wanted to test out the fit first. My Peony was quite tricky to fit so I wasn’t sure how this would go. Luckily the Laurel wasn’t too far off, but I think the dress is still a bit big. A belt easily helps with that in the meantime, but the next go-around I will take it in by a couple inches and make some modifications to the back to fix some gapping issues I’m having at the neckline. Colette Patterns designs their patterns for women with a size C to D bust, and since that clearly isn’t me, I find I have to do a little more work to get the fit just right. But I think it’s so worth it; I absolutely adore everything Colette Patterns creates!
I’m pretty excited that I learned how to make and attach a lining with this dress! I actually sewed up 2 linings, so it’s kind of like I sewed this dress three times already! My first lining was out of a white china silk but the dress ended up still being somewhat see-through with it (scandalous!). Also, the china silk I had was a bear to work with- I’m still finding little wispy threads all over the house and I finished this dress a few weeks ago! I ended up picking up a pink silk charmeuse last minute and it worked out great. No see-through issues! I think silk charmeuse might be my go-to lining option now. It was so easy to sew with and I love that it has some stretch to it.
Have you seen Colette Patterns newest dress, the Hawthorn? I was planning on doing the sew-along for the Hawthorn pattern, but I’m behind… again. Sigh, so much to sew and so little time!
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