I’m killing two birds with one stone here because it’s Christmas and really, it’s the season to whack as much on the head as you can in a short, stressful amount of time. So, here’s a dress that I’m counting as my November and December Monthly Stitch sewing – the truffle from the Colette Sewing Book that’s pretty enough to party in. I started it in November in Dunedin and finished it in December, so it totally counts, right?
I did my utmost to complicate the construction of this garment; radiotherapy, airy silk, French seams, underlining, but it was pretty easy. The most daunting part was the hemming – my machine ate this fabric like I eat candy floss (OMNOMNOMNOMNOMGOBBLEHICCUP) and as a result I kept putting off the finishing of this dress, it took a lot of courage and a good does of insomnia to finish this dress with a hand-sewed rolled hem. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it.
Colette have an excellent book for beginners here; I’ve since moved on from that phase in my sewing, but the book has been a reference throughout my sewing journey and I actually love this dress so much that I’m disappointed that this is the first time I’ve actually used one of the book’s patterns. Granted, I only like two, but hey, a parfait would also be welcome in my wardrobe.
I’m looking forward to wearing this dress a lot over the summer – preferably to fancy garden parties, the races, places where there’s plenty of champagne, or just because it’s pretty.
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