Added Dec 9, 2011
Here’s a couple of projects that I made from Colette Sewing Handbook. I really love this book! I just can’t stop reading it cover to cover.
Taffy blouse is cut on bias, that makes it stretchy and doesn’t need opening. The neckline and flutter sleeves are finished with bindings and all the inside are french seamed. The bust on size 0 is still too large for me, so I made small bust adjustment to the pattern.
I used charmeuse for both the blouse and the bindings. My finished bindings ended up a bit wavy, the flimsy fabric wasn’t really easy to sew! I should practice more on my binding sewing technique.
Meringue skirt is a simple darted skirt with scalloped hem and invisible zipper on side seam. After tissue-fitting, I needed a swayback adjustment on the back pattern. The hem was shortened a lot, making my skirt has more A-shape than the skirt in the book.
The fabric is brushed cotton twill from Kokka. It is a bit hard to photograph, but the color is actually dark teal with irregular dots. I used purple Indonesian lurik fabric for the hem facing and purple petersham ribbon instead of waist facings.
also blogged here
mustard yellow charmeuse for blouse with silvery beige charmeuse for bindings, dark teal brushed cotton twill for skirt with purple Indonesian lurik fabric for hem facings.
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