Added Dec 22, 2011
This is my version of the lovely Colette Peony. I was attracted to this pattern because of its clean simple lines and I do like a good boat-neck, which I always find is a good balance to my pear-shape.
Because I wanted to use this fabric, which has a lovely drape and a bit of weight to it, I made a few minor variation to the pattern. I omitted the back waist darts on the bodice and used some small tucks instead to create a more bloused effect and I also omitted the zipper, which was great because I usually find back zippers uncomfortable when I am sitting all day.
I added a self-drafted neckline detail with a hand rolled edge because the fabric was suited to the soft folds and I thought the rather serious colour needed the extra detail. Because the fabric has a subtle stripe in it, the folds create a geometric effect (a little hard to see in the photos) and I like the vintage feel of that. The dress is very comfortable to wear although I might add some little ribbon loops inside the shoulders to keep straps at bay.
This was my first Colette pattern and I found the instructions easy to follow. I really like the booklet style as well – rather than wresting with a giant pattern sheet.
Fabric remnant from Tessuti in Sydney
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