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Pink Pastels

Added Apr 14, 2014

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






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.

Material Notes

*Linen/cotton//rayon blend courtesy of Britex Fabrics
*Linen/rayon blend used as underlining




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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  • Charlie-deeshadows1_large

    Apr 18, 2014, 05.17 AMby smallone

    great version…so you but also so parfait…love your little cape really make this something special.

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    Apr 16, 2014, 02.07 PMby yenny lee

    Love it

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    Apr 15, 2014, 12.54 PMby Ruthie-fish


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    Apr 14, 2014, 09.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress and very nice outfit! :)

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    Apr 14, 2014, 08.33 PMby Alisa Sibrova

    Gathered bust loves amazing and done so neat! Wow, great job!

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