Monday, 24 January 2011

Colette Parfait, second serving

I like my next version of the Colette Parfait dress even more than the first one.
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This one has a very slight pattern tweaking at the armscye/lateral bust and facing, to prevent gaposis.
Here is the highly technical folding of the pattern pieces for my alteration.
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The other change is to be much more generous with the flaring of the skirt. Instead of getting out my french rule and altering the existing 6 gore, almost straight, skirt, I used the moderately flaring 4 gore skirt from Simplicity 3774 (review here), which I have made several times, and know to be comfortable and slightly swishy.
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This skirt attaches to a straight waistline, so I rounded off the top to match the Parfait midriff.
The fabric is my very last piece of Japanese cotton that my kind friend bought for me in October 2009. I cut it out with a bit of fussing to avoid a bulls eye effect at the bust, but otherwise did not try to match the pattern. I feel a bit bereft without some Japanese cotton in my stash.

19 comments:

Carol said...

Oh, yes, I like this one more, too. Absolutely perfect for this weather.

Handmade said...

I love the swish photo - cool dress!

Uta said...

I love your Parfait dresses; it's a great style for you. And your daughter was gorgeous in her selfmade dress last post. I hope she keeps it up!

velosewer said...

The fabric and swishiness of your dress are a great match. It's a great look for you.

Gail said...

I think this is your best summer dress yet!

lakaribane said...

Love this one even more!!!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Very pretty - what a nice pattern. I am so jealous of your warm weather. It is 9 degress F here.

gwensews said...

Your dress fits you perfectly. It's just beautiful.

Audrey said...

This dress is such a wonderful flattering style on you. Both skirt versions look terrific.

Sharon said...

Beautiful dress and that small adjustment makes a world of difference.

Joy said...

Another lovely one!

Sue said...

Lovely set of summer dresses.

Mary Nanna said...

You look great in this dress, it is such a flattering style. I can't believe you made this without significant alteration. The pattern pieces on the "macaroon dress" I am making now bear little resemblance to their original shape...

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Gorgeous! Adding a little flare to the skirt really works with the style. The fit is superb!

emadethis said...

So cute! I like the idea of the 4 gore skirt...I found the 6 a little strange when I made this dress, and I totally had gappadeedoo happening too--great solution with the little folds.

gMarie said...

Lovely variation! I bet you'll get lots of use from this dress. g

Thread of Light said...

I really like these parfait dresses. It looks like a pattern that is tweakable and fun too. And they look fantastic on you.

And your daughter's dress is just lovely - pass my compliments on to her if you think it will help encourage her :-)

Sigrid said...

And scrolling down on your blog I come to these lovely summer dresses. Quite a contrast to the coat. But so summer!

PepperToast said...

Saw your review on Sewing Pattern Review.com. Can you please describe your square shoulder adjustment on your Parfait? TIA