Added Mar 7, 2011
I decided a little over ten days ago to jump into a new sewing project and begin working on Colette Patterns Crepe dress . My in-laws gave me this pattern for Christmas, and it’s been waiting patiently for my attention ever since. I am not usually a fan of wrap dresses on my shape, but after seeing pictures popping up around various blogs (and of course Gertie’s sew-along), I knew I had to make this dress. Fast forward a number of evenings spent sewing, and I had a finished Crepe!
The fabric I chose was a cotton-wool challis blend I bought ages ago from Denver Fabrics. Originally slated for a 30s dress that was never made, I think it suited this pattern very well. Albeit, the colors are a bit out of season for springtime… But it’s that medley of autumn-hued red, purple, oranges and gold that go well with a large part of my fall and spring clothes, so it works as a multi-season dress.
As usual, I did have to make some changes; yes I did bother to make a muslin! Which was a good idea on my part, because as forgiving as wrap styles are, this one would have been quite off without fitting. I did a small bust adjustment, took in the side seams a tiny bit, lowered the neckline slightly, reduced the curve of the shoulders, took some fullness out of the back, and lengthened the bodice by 1″ (being the owner of a long torso). I think the only additional fitting change I would have made is to reshape the sleeves. Although I reduced the top curve a bit, I’m not that crazy about the actual sleeve edge shape… I think perhaps it has something to do with how my shoulders and upper arms are shaped, but I don’t feel it’s the most flattering.
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