Saturday, July 16, 2011

Colette Macaron

I have been wanting to make this pattern FOREVER! I keep pulling it out, looking at it, trying to match it up with fabric. I put it back, wait a couple months and pull it out again. I think the reasons I haven't made it are 1) I didn't feel like tracing it. I didn't want to cut it out in case it didn't fit. With a Big 4, you just wait til they're on sale again, then buy another one for a couple bucks. Can't do that with an indy pattern. 2) I just wasn't sure I could see myself in this dress. The high neck doesn't usually work on my chest. Plus, it's a pretty retro, girly design and that's not usually my style. 3) The fabric and contrast idea was also kind of meh to me. It was almost just a little too cutesy for me. I say that only for me, because I love all the versions I've seen with contrast. They look adorable on other people.

Ok, so I finally decided to just go for it. I do love the shape and was always so enamored of the versions other curvy shaped girls had done. It was so flattering on them.

I bought this fabric on the red tag table at Joann's, yes, another Joann's find. I'd seen this fabric a ton of times before and never bought. Finally, I was there and it was a 50% off day, so I just decided to get it. It is a pretty mid to heavy weight cotton sateen and comes in panels. I bought three panels for $10.50 total. I hoped three would give me some options. I knew a sheath dress or something similar would be cool for the design. I had this fabric out and kept pulling out patterns and nothing worked for me. On a whim, I pulled out the Macaron and ouila...I have a dress I absolutely LOVE!

I made no changes except maybe shortening the shoulders a smidge. I probably should have shortened the back bodice a half an inch looking at the pictures. Oh, and I should have done a slight forward shoulder adjustment. If I stand up straight, it's fine though ;-)! Next time I'll do both. This is an amazingly easy pattern.

I'm so happy with it!










15 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great mix of pattern and fabric! This is beautiful on you!

Heather said...

I really just need to bookmark your blog, Kim, because everything you make is already on my mind and is completely fabulous! My Macaron pattern is sitting on the table, waiting for my life to settle down.

I love the print you used, now I'm going to have to re-think what I had originally planned (rayon blend that looks like denim).

And I'm going to put in an official request here - can you share the info on your fabulous shoes?! I'm always envious and curious about the shoes.

Keep sewing, I'm living vicariously!

HeathersSphere said...

Elegant dress! Nice placement of the flowers and I like the fit that you achieved.

lakaribane said...

Love the dress, ADORE the shoes!

You have really been inspiring me lately, so many cute dresses!

MAD14kt said...

Well Done!!!

Melizza said...

Man, oh man. I was debating buying this pattern and at the last minute i took it out of my basket and purchased others instead. Big mistake. Totally should have gotten it. It looks amazing. The choice in fabric is spot on. So, so pretty.

Melody said...

Have to leave another comment on the total awesomeness of this dress. THis looks really high end. That fabric is just killing me - LOVE it!!

Lori said...

A fantastic dress, it looks amazing on you. Great find on the fabric, too.

Marie-Noƫlle said...

This dress is fantastic and it suits you perfectly!!!!! I love the patterned fabric.

Linda said...

Great looking dress. Love the fabric.

Karin said...

Gorgeous dress! I love the spray of flowers on the skirt.

Dharma said...

The dress is beautiful! So interesting with the floral splash.

Audrey said...

You picked the perfect pattern for the fabric. It is really lovely!

velosewer said...

Nice job. I like how you've placed the print. I hope this is a fun dress to wear. You'll get lots of compliments.

Victoria said...

Love this dress! The pretty print on the black fabric background is just gorgeous! You looks so pretty in this!