Experiment: Colette Laurel, size 2 graded out to a 4 at waist
Teal Cotton Broadcloth ~ 2 and 3/4 yards
Hook and Eye
Clarks and Coat Thread (Color: Black)
Colette Laurel Pattern, version 3
Please forgive the wrinkles in these photos but enjoy the afternoon sun and the shadows. I think I am more excited how my new cowgirl boots look rather than how the Laurel turned out. I grew up in the north and never in my life dreamed that I would ever own a pair of cowgirl boots.
This is my first garment for the MAGAM challenge. Laurel, oh, laurel. I love the cuffs. This is the whole reason I bought this pattern. Shift dresses aren't the most flattering type of dress for me. I need a waist to create the illusion of curves and a bust. But, those cuffs, well, I had to have them. So girly, so charming.
My first attempt with Laurel was ill-fated. The size 0 that I normally cut in Colette patterns proved to be too small. I did, however, only attempt the shirt version (not that the size matters) so tucked away behind the Laurel directions was the dress pattern. It was such an easy sew-up that once disaster struck I knew I would try again with the dress version. I even cut a part of the pattern that afternoon.
Since the size 0 was tiny, I started with a size 2 in the bodice and graded out at the waist/hips to a 4. I should have added some length because the final product was a tad short for my taste. The hem of the bottom looks wonky because I decided to conserve length so I busted out the rolled hem presser foot. That narrow rolled hem added a little of the puckers that you see at the bottom which I did not iron out before I took the pictures.
I opted not to put in a zipper in the back but instead I added a slit at the back neckline. I topstitched it all fancy and finished it with a discrete hook and eye. This was partly due to laziness and partly due to the fact that there was ease in this pattern. It is a shift dress with room around the waist and fighting with an invisible zipper did not sound like a good time (It never fails that I muck up an invisible zipper no matter how many times I do it!).
I am my own worst critic. I hope that Laurel grows on me. I wore this to a party with friends for the premiere of the 3rd season of Sherlock in the US. Yea, I am a nerd but I embraced nerdy long ago (Have you noticed the name and look of my blog!?!). It was a fabulously fun night -- fish and chips and pints of bitter, oh, and the return of Sherlock. They all thought the dress looked great. I, on the other hand, am not yet sold.
I was so excited to get my boots (Circle G boots in the smallest size for my tiny feet). I had been wanting a pair for quite come time but suddenly I can't come up with outfits that they flatter. I mean, when I was daydreaming about a pair there were endless sewing adventures running through my mind. And I feel like the boots only go with two basic kinds of outfits: jeans or a short skirt/dress. I need to sew up some more things that compliment them. Rosie Wednesday is currently doing a Simplicity 1960 dress sew along. One option of the Simplicity 3833 is short enough that the boots would be highlighted. Hmmmm, this would require a hunt to find a good subtle print.
Can you think of any other outfits cowgirl boots would go with?
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