Colette Laurel 2

When I wrote my post about my first Laurel, I mentioned that it wasn’t the only one I’ve made. I made my second one pretty quickly after the first one. I made this one from the same fabric as my Mimi Blouse, because there was quite a long length of it.

Colette-Laurel-brown-pattern-1I love this fabric – not sure I mentioned that before?!

The only additional change I made was to lower the bust darts by 1 inch. You can see the pulling at my armpits in the above photo – I definitely need to alter the armscye to give myself more room – any tips on how to do that?

Colette-Laurel-brown-pattern-2I’ve realised, looking at these photos that the fabric is slightly see-through – and I was wearing black underwear! Oops! Oh well…

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I didn’t bother about pattern matching the dress – as you can see above, on the back seam in particular. I did, however, pattern match the the pockets, as best I could – they didn’t match quite as well as I’d hoped, but from a distance, you can’t really see them. Colette-Laurel-brown-pattern-5I used a dark brown zip from my stash and some black bias binding, also from my stash, so this was a pretty cheap make. I also used french seams as the fabric frayed like a bitch.

Colette-Laurel-brown-pattern-6Colette-Laurel-brown-pattern-4I don’t really have much to say about this dress, as it’s pretty simple to construct and I talked about the changes I made in my previous post! All I can say is I love it! I’ve had several compliments from people whenever I wear it and I always delight in the moment where I can say ‘I made it myself’ – does anyone else secretly like those moments?

And I’ll leave you with this photo, with the odd expression!

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Blue and White Stripey Laurel Dress

I made my first Colette Laurel dress back in the Summer – I’m a bit behind with blogging my finished makes! I say this is my first because I have already made a second, and I have plans for more.

Stripey-Laurel-2I made the size zero dress, with short sleeves. This was made from some cheap polycotton which I got as a remnant from Rolls and Rems on Holloway Road. I think I paid about £6.99 and got probably 3 metres. The fabric is quite thin, so I decided to underline it with a sheet I had lying around. This does make it quite warm, which is great for the Winter, but a bit sucky for the Summer! This was my first time underlining and I found it pretty straight forward – just cut out everything twice and sew the inside and outside fabrics together around the edges, within the seam allowances, and then sew the doubled pieces together as normal.

I used all french seams, as I usually do these days – I do like a pretty inside!

(I should really have ironed this before I took pictures!)
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I did have to make one fitting change. As the pattern was drafted, I couldn’t get the sleeves over my arms. I’ve had this with other patterns, so I think I might have big arms compared to the rest of me! I tried reducing the seam allowances to 1cm but that wasn’t enough, I still couldn’t bend my arms. I had to redraft the sleeve pattern with an extra 2cm on each side, to give me some extra room. Has anyone else had this issue? On this or another pattern (btw, this isn’t the only pattern where I’ve had this happen!).

Stripey-Laurel-6I had a 12in invisible zip in my stash so I used that instead of the 22in one requested in the pattern. I used the tutorial on the Colette website to help me put this in – I always forget how to do invisible zips!

Check out my stripe matching! I’m definitely getting better at it!

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Stripe matched side seam – not quite as good as the back.

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Pretty much invisible pockets:

Stripey-Laurel-10You can almost see here that the pockets, which I didn’t underline are see through.

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There’s a bit of pulling around the arm area, as you can see here. I needed to lower the bust darts too on the second version. I think I need to give myself more room on the arm holes as well as in the sleeves, then the pulling would hopefully go away.  Stripey-Laurel-3But in short, I love this dress!

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