Monday, September 20, 2010

Colette Chantilly


Colette Chantilly, originally uploaded by bred2make.

I made myself a dress a while ago. It is another Colette pattern...the Chantilly this time.
I had to shorten the midriff part by about an inch because it kept creeping up to my natural ( non-existant) waist.
I also unpicked every bit of topstitching I did around the yoke because it made the yoke stick out on me.
Other than that there were only a couple of minor dart adjustments.
The bolero is not the type of thing that I would normally wear, but anything that covered my sides made me look terrible. It took all the shape away from the dress. So I made this shrug from fairly nasty polyester ribknit I bought online a while ago, but it is quite good made up.
I used the Ottobre workshop, ladies top (I can't find it or remember what the number is). I used the sleeves and the top of the back and I modified the top of the front to a similar shape to the Brooklyn shrug from Nancy Langdon/ Sabine Pollehn's book... "Sewing Clothes Kids Love".
I am really pleased over all. All I need now is somewhere to wear it!

21 comments:

beachgirl said...

Your husband needs to take you out to a fancy dinner! The dress is beautiful.

Heather said...

I know this was supposed to be a wearable muslin, but I think it looks outstanding! I just love that print. Good idea for the bolero, I would have never thought to do that!

KID, MD said...

Adorable!! Love the print and the dress and the shrug - all over awesome!

Kitschy Coo said...

Fantastic! You give me hope that I can make my Colettes work :) And really good idea with the shrug, you're totally right that anything longer would have obscured the shaping of the dress.cy

Joy said...

Wow, nicely done. It's beautiful and suits you well.

Millie said...

Thanks Beachgirl...Our anniversary is coming up soon so who knows!

Thank you Heather...I really like this pattern, the dress puts me in a party mood!

Thanks Kid MD...I was a bit undecided about the print, but everyone seems to like it so far.

Amanda...I can't tell you how awful the normal cardi looked...I looked like two boobs sticking out of a cardigan!...nothing else! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Thanks Joy...Very kind of you.

Ravenhill said...

That is one gorgeous dress! I love the fabric and the design is fantastic.
emily xo

Ria said...

Hi Millie,
Oh, I love this. The purple colours and the shape. I bet it suits you very well.

Millie said...

Thanks so much Emily!

Ria...thank you too..I just wish I had more occasions to wear this kind of dress!

SewMentalMama said...

This is stunning, and I love the colour.

glayla said...

Wow, what a professional job and just a very pretty dress, perfect fit!

Millie said...

Thanks SewMentalMama...It is not a colour I normally wear, hence I have no shoes to wear with it!

Thank you glayla...I have found that Colette patterns fit me well without too many alterations.

Andrea said...

It really is so pretty! I love purple, and that looks just smashing. I'm so impressed:)

Millie said...

Thanks Andrea. I dont usaully wear purple, but I have to say...I rather like it!

Shasta said...

This dress is fantastic! I just ordered two Colette patterns. I'm excited but nervous too. Are the patterns pretty detailed? Do you make a muslin first? So glad to find your blog!

Millie said...

Thank you Shasta! The patterns usually have a lot of pieces and as a result they have lots of stages, but there are also lots of diagrams. I just try and take my time and fit each piece on as I make it. This is my (wearable) muslin. I wish you luck with yours..you'll be fine!

Louise de Pour Toujours... said...

Très, très jolie!

Millie said...

Merci bien Louise.

Shasta said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Millie! I'm excited to begin (once my patterns make it over here...).

Val said...

Adorable! Love the purple in it....and a very nice fit!

Millie said...

Thanks Val...I am hoping to wear it to an upcoming wedding.

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