Saturday, September 11, 2010

Colette Macaron Second Version Finished at Last!

Hello Readers!

I've finally finished the Colette Macaron - despite a blunder with my blind stitch hem this morning.

I'm fairly pleased with it.  I made it out of Echino Fabric (from the fabulous Sew-LA). . . which is a very thin cotton linen blend.  I took my time to make the dress - and I think the two mistakes I made were:  (1)  the upper band isn't totally straight (I'm thinking of re-attaching), and (2) the side with the invisible zipper doesn't match!

(Update:  Late morning day of post - the pictures on this blog convinced me to re-sew/re-attach the upper midriff band - it looks a lot better now!!). I've posted the pix below:






I did some new techniques on this dress - I stabilized the neck with silk ribbon and did the armholes the same way.  I lined the dress with a very thin high quality cotton - although I've had a hard time getting the lining perfect.


I topstitched both the neckline and sleeves because of the light weight quality of the fabric and lining - I couldn't get these areas to lay perfect despite a large amount of steaming and pressing. I even understitched, to no avail.  I believe the topstitching corrected this tendency of the fabric to roll.

Here is the side of the fabric where I actually matched the sides correctly.

I also bought a rolled hem foot and I LOVE IT!  I blindstitched the hem and then used the rolled foot on the lining - wow!  I need to perfect this technique but I really do like it.


I also used a cotton thread (rather than polyester) in sewing the rolled hem and I believe that helped!  Ah, the wonders of feet.



Finally, I include a picture of the garment on my dressform!


For the pattern review, click Here.

7 comments:

  1. It looks great! Such fun fabric! You did really nice work on this dress.

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  2. Pammie, this dress is stunning!! I absolutely love the fabric and how you have used it - the colours and print are gorgeous. The fit looks just right. You look so good in this dress - I love it with the boots.

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  3. Fantastic! That is an awesome dress and so flattering on you - love the fabric too! I love the boots too!

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  4. Thanks for all the kind comments!! I made it to go with the boots - I had nothing else to wear with them:) It was fun and I learned some new techniques from not rushing. . . I appreciate the remarks!!

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  5. Yeah... you finished it and it came out great and love the print... such a fun fabric.

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  6. What cute fabrics! I love my rolled hem foot...I don't know what I would do without it.

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  7. Thanks S and L!! I appreciate it - I'm wearing the dress right now and love it!! So comfy!!

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