Added Apr 14, 2014
Colette Patterns, Parfait: A versatile dress designed to be worn as either a sun dress or layered over a shirt or blouse as a pinafore style in cooler weather. Features a gathered bust and flattering curved midriff that fits snugly around the high waist. The straps and gathered pockets fasten with buttons. Skirt is a gently flared six-gore style. Closes with a side invisible zipper.
I love that this dress is a modern pattern but totally appeals to my vintage sensibilities. I also love that the design includes interesting style lines and is not overly simplified.
After working on my muslin version, I knew adding 2" to the skirt length and 1/2" to the lower edge of the midriff bands would be sufficient.
The fabric is rather bulky and I did not think that layered straps and buttonholes were going to work, so I omitted them. I also omitted the pockets; I really love their design, but did not think they worked with the fabric/the look I was going for.
I am very pleased with my second “Parfait” and may eventually have to make a maxi dress out of the pattern . . . and those pockets are calling out to me, so another version may happen sooner than expected.
As always, more pictures and info may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
Specifics on the matching capelet may be found here.
*Linen/cotton//rayon blend courtesy of Britex Fabrics
*Linen/rayon blend used as underlining