Friday, February 25, 2011

Musings: Colette Crepe

Later this afternoon, I'm diving in to my second Colette Patterns adventure - the Crepe dress. This was one of those revisions to my spring palette, added in because my Simplicity patterns haven't arrived yet, so I needed something else pretty to sew. With all the Crepes that have shown up on blogs and forums, after Gertie's Crepe sew-a-long, ideas for this dress have been spinning around in my brain for weeks.

Even better, Colette just released new pictures of the Crepe -made up in plain white with a turquoise sash and also white with turquoise polka dots. Both dresses prompted a hunt for comparable fabrics. Luckily, I already had a wonderful white pique waiting around, as well as a medium-weight shirting in coral (one of my palette colors!). I could just knock off the Colette inspiration piece completely, making up a white dress with a coral sash, but I've decided to try something a little different. I'm making the bodice up in the pique, but the sash and skirt in the coral shirting. I tried to find evidence of someone else doing the same thing, but it looks like I might be the first. So, fingers crossed that it turns out well!

As far as changes go, I'm not making any. Instead, I'm treating this as a very wearable muslin. With Colette's modern sizing and accommodation toward higher cup sizes, I don't foresee any real fitting problems with this dress. If it works out, I have a pale yellow and white floral in line for this pattern next. If there are any little niggling fit issues, I'll address them for the second time around.

Have you made the Crepe dress yet? Were you part of that fantastic sew-a-long? I'd love to hear about your experiences with this pattern and any suggestions you may have!


  1. Your fabric and color choices sound excellent. I'm curious about how you find the fit since I would probably make similar adjustments (if needed :) ).

  2. That looks like a very nice pattern. I have not seen these patterns yet I will have to check them out thanks for sharing. I am a big fan of Linen and have a bunch of it waiting to be sewn for my spring summer clothes. Can't wait to see your finished product. ~Love Heather

  3. Thanks, Mia! I will definitely do some posting about the fit and any issues I run into. Keep your fingers crossed that none are needed - Colette Patterns may have made the perfect dress, if that ends up being true!

  4. Hi Heather! Oh, you are in for a treat if you're new to Colette Patterns. They're entire line is absolutely divine - no only in design, but also in ease of sewing. They do vary as far as intricacy goes, but they do an excellent job with instructions and keeping construction details clear and precise. They're a dream to sew and wear.

    You know, I've never sewn straight up linen before, but I love the look of it. It really is perfect for spring and summer. I've always been scared away by the wrinkle-factor - with how much time I spend sitting in med school classes or writing at a computer, I'd end up a mess by the end of the day. I can't wait to see your summer and spring clothes with it! Your blog is an gem of great sewing.