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fall-in-spring crepe

Added Mar 7, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






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.

Read more on my blog .

Material Notes





Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Wool

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    Mar 16, 2011, 10.16 PMby analogue

    So elegant and timeless. I love it :)

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    Mar 16, 2011, 07.47 AMby luxihere

    Wrap dress which wraps at back! hmm different!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 05.45 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    What a lovely spring dress.

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    Mar 15, 2011, 08.05 AMby blackwoollywolf

    Just lovely, very pretty, inspired me to have a go!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 04.37 AMby melodyrose

    It’s a beautiful dress, and looks great on you! Your makeup really goes with the vintage 50s feel, too—the red lips, pale complexion, black liner and mascara. Gorgeous!

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    Mar 14, 2011, 04.07 PMby adrie00

    Great work! It looks fabulous.

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    Mar 14, 2011, 03.02 AMby masterseamstress19

    Very nice!!

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    Mar 13, 2011, 03.16 PMby jay283

    I love the back and the sleeves!

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    Mar 13, 2011, 06.19 AMby HollyGoltly

    I’ve not done one of the tutorials for Gertie’s – are they pretty easy to follow? Because I have to make this dress!

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    Mar 11, 2011, 09.51 PMby MyRomanApartment

    I sped past this pattern on the colette site last night, but your pictures make me want to make this dress. The fabric is a great match to the pattern.

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    Mar 11, 2011, 09.24 PMby psychorat

    So pretty. The pattern is fantastic and the fabric is great.

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    Mar 11, 2011, 08.04 PMby cherwinamy

    looks great on you!

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    Mar 11, 2011, 05.52 PMby ana aranda

    lovely dress, really cute!!!


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    Mar 10, 2011, 03.23 AMby maddmatch

    oh man, i want this! It looks beautiful on you!

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    Mar 8, 2011, 03.55 PMby tashmopolitan

    very pretty. I always love your styling.

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    Mar 8, 2011, 04.06 AMby 5294sandras

    Great pattern. Great photo. Good Job!!

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    Mar 8, 2011, 01.59 AMby Priscilla Folley

    So sweet… congrats

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    Mar 8, 2011, 12.21 AMby sassisewer

    ASOLUTELY beautiful!!!! ohhhhhhh i want that pattern! :)

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    Mar 8, 2011, 12.00 AMby blmfld

    i love it!!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 08.53 PMby dixiediy

    gorgeous! great print, too.

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    Mar 7, 2011, 08.48 PMby peaches2218

    What SPECTACULAR photos. Congratulations; they highlight your dress beautifully.

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    Mar 7, 2011, 07.55 PMby hannnah

    This is lovely! It’s very flattering on you too.

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