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Colette Chantilly in Benin

Added Jan 19, 2013

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






I made it! This dress was frustrating for me – not because of the dress or the pattern or the fabric but because my machine was unbalanced. I had to readjust the needle bar height before I realized what was going on. Threads would snap every few inches and I started losing sewing confidence. But in the end even with all the threads and the trouble… it’s on the inside and nobody can see it except me. In any case I know more about how a sewing machine works now.

Also I didn’t line up the sides exactly with the side zipper… oops. I never paid much attention before as I’ve only use side zippers in dresses with no contrast fabrics. Lesson learned, next time I will make sure to align them correctly.

The dress is a bit too short for me (knees are a no no here) but I still enjoyed making it, especially the practice with a lining.

I wrote more in my sewing journal here:


Summer, Spring

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    Jan 24, 2013, 12.34 AMby bethmaryharley

    Wow! I love the colours you’ve used for this dress! It looks soooo comfortable too!

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      Jan 27, 2013, 01.19 PMby cathytxtwfr

      comfort is important to me, if i can’t move in it i won’t ever wear it. thank you!

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    Jan 21, 2013, 01.04 PMby blueartisan

    Beautiful dress, regarding the short-ness, perhaps you could make a contrasting colour slip that is a suitable length and wear that underneath? It seems a shame for such a pretty dress to go unworn!

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      Jan 27, 2013, 01.16 PMby cathytxtwfr

      thanks! i think i’ll save this dress for trips to the capital – in major cities i can get away with shorter length clothing.

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    Jan 20, 2013, 01.39 PMby fashionfreek

    Lovely fabric and colours. You look great:-D

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    Jan 20, 2013, 03.45 AMby kisses

    So like the fabrics and the combination is just great

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    Jan 19, 2013, 07.29 PMby hannnah

    I love the fabric choices, and it looks splendid on you!

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      Jan 27, 2013, 01.18 PMby cathytxtwfr

      here lots of the fruit is green – oranges, bananas, avocados, and well, yellow as well – pineapple – so i always think of fruit salad when i see this fabric. thank you!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 04.02 PMby Mary Athey

    I love this dress on you. The fabrics lovely and your photos are great.x

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    Jan 19, 2013, 02.24 PMby prettysewinggirl

    beautiful :) well done for finishing beautifully despite the difficulty experienced! love your photos =)

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      Jan 27, 2013, 01.17 PMby cathytxtwfr

      thank you! :)! the photo shoots are the best way to “finish” a sewing project – always lots of fun

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