The Peony Variation

Added Dec 22, 2011

by missmallowan

Sydney, Australia

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Description

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.

Material Notes

Fabric remnant from Tessuti in Sydney

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring, Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress

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    Jan 3, 2012, 10.07 AMby buzzybee

    I like the dress too! And I agree about the boat neck and pear shape body. It works for me too!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 10.58 PMby missmallowan

    Thank you all for the lovely comments about the dress – my first post on Burdastyle. As requested I will try and post some detail photos of the collar in the next few days.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 06.05 PMby spulford

    Yes, the collar detail is really amazing. It adds so much interest and sophistication. I just wish we could see the stripe effect!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.45 PMby rshelly13

    The softness of the dress looks great on you!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.25 PMby squirrellypoo

    Wow that’s totally beautiful! Is this variation in the book,or did you draft that collar yourself? If it’s the latter, could you share a photo of the pattern piece for that?

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      Dec 22, 2011, 11.03 PMby missmallowan

      Thank you! I drafted the collar myself. I have absolutely no drafting skills so I was pretty surprised it turned out OK. It was inspired by a photo of an Orla Kiely blouse I saw a while ago and I used the shoulder section of the front bodice pattern piece as a base on my dress form and then played around with an extended middle section to form the folded collar until I got the effect I was after. I will try and take a picture of the resulting pattern piece to give you an idea. Hopefully it will make sense.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 09.37 AMby bernieandi

    great work!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.34 AMby K4REN

    Beautiful collar! :)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.23 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.23 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.23 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.22 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.22 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.22 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.22 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.22 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great idea, the collar detail makes it special!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.00 AMby blueartisan

    Very clever, a vintage feel but a modern look. Collar is gorgeous!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.59 AMby schnui

    I love the collar detail too. Well done.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.42 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    So, so pretty with the collar and the way the whole dress flows. Well done you.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.29 AMby rljulie

    That’s so cute! Very clever collar detail. nicely done!

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