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A Colette Jasmine Top

Hi all, I’m just jumping on here to let you know that my latest make for the Sewisfaction Blog is now up and it’s my review of the Jasmine top from Colette Patterns.

As usual with blog posts that I write for others, I will include a link here so that you can read the full review, but I thought I would share a couple of pics so that you can see what I’ve been up to.

The Jasmine is a pretty little top which has a cute little neck tie. You can choose what size neck bow to make and also there are two different sleeve options.

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My fabric choice was this stunning grey and mustard Dashwood rayon, and as you would expect from a Dashwood fabric, it’s totally lovely.

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This make wasn’t entirely without errors unfortunately, but I’ll let you head on over to the Sewisfaction blog to see where my rush in cutting it out meant that I ended up with a slightly larger top than I was expecting!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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My Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top

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After admiring this pattern for some time now, I finally made my first (and second)! Sorbetto.

A few months ago, Colette Patterns released an updated Sorbetto pattern. I understand that the original Sorbetto launched in 2011, with the intention of being a basic top to introduce fundamental sewing skills to all. Although I didn’t make the old pattern I was excited to try this new and improved Sorbetto. The size range is quite impressive, it ranges from a size 0 – size 26.

Before I go any further I need to mention that this pattern is a free download!! Yep you heard it right!

This Spring time Colette Patterns ran a friendly competition on good old Instagram to sew up their new Sorbetto top and tag it ( #colettesorbetto ) for the chance to win some sewing goodies. Although I was super busy at the time and unfortunately unable to have a go at this one, I was totally inspired by all the entries, particularly this stunning top by the wonderful Carmen Sews. No surprise that she came joint first in the competition! If you haven’t stumbled across Carmen yet and would like some pretty sewing inspiration you can also check out her Instagram right here.

My fabric choice is a super sweet pale blue and white gingham check from The Crafty Sew and So in Leicester. Unfortunately the photos make it look a little washed out, the close up shots below capture the true beauty of it a little better.

I jumped right in and made up a straight size 8. Normally ( in fact almost always) I will make up a toile before cutting into precious fabric. For some reason on this occasion I didn’t do this, and sadly the results are a top that is rather too large and ill fitting.

Sad times.

Although the design is for a relaxed fit top, my version is much too roomy, the bust darts are too low and whilst the neckline, shoulders and sleeves feel fine, the bust downwards is much too large.

 

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Lesson very much learned. Back to making up toiles before making new patterns.

However it’s such a pretty style I was not deterred, and when considering what to take with me to make on my recent #sewingweekender I opted to cut out and take another Sorbetto top – this time in a much smaller size 4. Success! The fit is much much better for me, dart slightly higher, and still comfortable across the shoulders and sleeves.

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Much better!

I almost forgot to mention that there are 3 versions to choose from. Both times I went for version 3 because of the cute cap sleeves. However you could choose a sleeveless version (version 1), or another sleeveless version which has a longer length and a slight high-low hem (version 2).  I love the pleat which runs down the centre front of all three versions.

I would recommend this as a great beginner pattern. It’s quick and easy to make and  I only needed 1 yard/metre of fabric (as my fabric was 60″ wide).

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I know that I will make this pattern again, probably next year now, as the weather feels like it is turning cooler. I would be very tempted to use a pretty floral crepe or something with a little more drape I think. It’s a lovely pattern though when you get your sizing right, and very generous of Colette Patterns to provide it free of charge. Thank you.

As always, I welcome your comments, have you made the Sorbetto and what did you think?

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

 

 

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My Colette Patterns Peony Dress for The Minerva Crafts Blogger Network #MCBN

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It’s time for another post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, and this time I am talking about the Colette Patterns Peony Dress.

Sewing with this super cotton chambray has been really enjoyable. It’s perfect for the Peony dress, so do head on over to the Minerva Craft Blogger Network, using the link above,  if you want to read all about it and see lots more pics!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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My Colette Patterns Moneta #monetaparty dress

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I was so excited in January when I first read about the #monetaparty challenge. I had owned this pattern for a while and it was certainly very high up on my ‘things to make’ list, but this gave me the nudge that I needed to start planning a very special dress. The party is hosted by Colette Patterns with the fabulous trio of talented sewing bloggers who are Elle from Sew Positivity , Rachel from Rach against the Sewing Machine and Abigail from Sew Abigail I know the girls have been working on this for months and must have put in so much hard work for this to be the success that it is.

Initially I wanted to make the dress using some fabric already in my stash to get an idea of its construction before I started on my competition entry. I knew it was going to be a lovely dress to make as I had read so many positive reviews on it and I wasn’t disappointed. I made this trial dress up using some scuba fabric that I already owned – I wrote a blog on this Moneta dress here .  Although the scuba  was slightly heavier than a regular jersey ( and this meant I had to shorten the length of the finished dress by quite a bit), I was thrilled with the result and it will definitely be a dress I will wear all the time!

Back to the #monetaparty dress. I cannot tell you how long I have spent on the internet researching the perfect jersey for this dress. Literally hours… It had to be right. Eventually I found the PERFECT party jersey. It is an adorable nude jersey with a black lace design. Oh my goodness I could have cried. There’s more.. the black lace design is flocked with glitter. Yes flocking and glitter. I need to sit down.

 

It was really hard to show you the glittery gorgeousness of the fabric in the still photos so hopefully this video will give you a better idea!

Fabric pre-washed and glitter still intact thankfully, I set about making up the dress. Although I had made it before I was nervous to cut into such a pretty fabric, you sewists will know exactly what I mean. No need to have worried of course, it came together beautifully. This pattern is perfect for a beginner, lots of help, advice and information online. It sews up quickly – especially if you have an overlocker, but this is not essential, you can use your regular sewing machine with no problems if you prefer. I love gathering the waist using the elasticated shirring technique and will use this method for sure in the future for gathers. It also has pockets. Say no more.

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Shirring the waist with elastic ensures neat and even gathers every time!
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Love the low back neckline. The neckline edge is simply turned over and stitched using a twin needle, simple – no need for facing or bias on this design.

 

The  pattern was true to size, and needed no alterations at all.

I am a massive jersey fan now, so easy to work with – no fraying has got to be a winner. It’s so comfortable to wear and doesn’t need ironing. Happy days.

 

As I publish this post the entries for the #monetaparty are still being added and I am thoroughly enjoying seeing so many versions of such a pretty dress. The sewing community is such a talented and friendly group to be part of and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful challenge. I must confess to being a little bit in love with this pattern, hope you don’t mind it taking over my blog this month!

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Thanks also to Mr Sew Dainty, dragged out during #stormdoris to take pictures, and then on at least two other occasions until I was happy with the photos. Oh dear.

Do let me know your thoughts on the Moneta dress. Are you taking part in the party? Good luck!

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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My very first Moneta dress by Colette Patterns

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I am so delighted to finally be able to understand what all the fuss is about with this dress! I have had this pattern since last Autumn and just haven’t got round to making it before now, but since there is a #monetaparty to get entered into I decided that I should maybe have a quick practice run with this pretty floral fabric that I picked up last month from Leicester market during the Dressmakers Meet-up in Leicester organised by Crafty Sew and So  (by the way I think I purchased the pattern from Crafty Sew and So also)! It’s a lightweight scuba fabric but has the perfect drape and stretch for this project.

This is my first Colette Pattern make, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the packaging of the instructions and pattern pieces. They are presented in a little booklet and it is charming. There are 3 options: version 1 is sleeveless and has a collar, version 2 has short sleeves and version 3 has 3/4 length sleeves.

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I chose the 3/4 length sleeves and love them. Although they were a lot shorter than I expected I rather like them like that.

It was so easy to cut out. I used my rotary cutter and mat which always speeds things up. and before I knew it I had constructed the bodice. The bodice has a round neckline and back neckline is fairly low too which I think is so feminine.

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Such a pretty back neckline. Here you can see the twin needle finish on the neckline edge.

Next up is the skirt pieces, and the pockets. Yes! it has pockets. Yippee! Again no problems at all. Up until now I had used my overlocker for everything but decided to use my stretch zig zag stitch (with ball point needle) on my regular machine to sew the side seam and around the pocket edges as I thought I would have more control around the pocket shapes than if I were using the overlocker. It worked out great.

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Check out the pockets!  Also twin needle (ballpoint) was used to hem the sleeves.

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The final part of construction (apart from hemming the skirt) is gathering the skirt to fit the bottom of the bodice. This was the bit that slightly worried me as I have never used the shirring technique to elasticate a skirt waist before. Before I started I referred to a brilliant tutorial by the lovely Abigail here which really helped me. I loved gathering this way and will be using this technique again as it’s really quite fun.

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The length of the skirt was too long for me. (I’m 5’2″ by the way). I ended up trimming off 9cm from the length of the skirt when it came to hemming. No problem to do though, especially when your fabric doesn’t fray, and of course the hem was finished using the ball point twin needle for a professional finish. Next time I will know to alter the length of the skirt using the ‘lengthen/shorten’ markings on the pattern before cutting out!

I am totally in love with this dress. It’s fairly quick to make and nice and easy, plus it’s got to be one of the most comfy dresses I have. One of the most time consuming things about this make was that I used my overlocker, and my regular machine with a ball point needle and my regular machine with a ball point twin needle for this project so there was a small amount of swapping needles/machines etc throughout but really no big deal at all.

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I am waiting for a delivery any day now of some super pretty jersey fabric so that I can make this dress up again but in ‘party style’ to enter the #monetaparty later this month. I am beyond excited with my new fabric choice so do look out for updates on that project either here or on Instagram. Are you entering the #monetaparty challenge? I am loving all the sneak peeks that are popping up on Instagram at the moment.

Have you made a Moneta? Do let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x