colette pastille and meringue: i want one of each in every color

colette "meringue" skirt from the colette sewing handbook

colette "pastille" dress (here used as separates) from the colette sewing handbook

i got dressed this morning quickly and easily and, for once, sort of excitedly.  i had bright colors and easy-to-wear separates.

liberty of london blouse in “symposium” paris amazingly with a medium-weight silk/wool blend

i was comfortable, i was work-appropriate, i had a killer red cardigan to keep me warm, and i was well-accessorized.

really excited about my little non-matching exposed zipper at the back neck.

i had fun design details and the patterns were forgiving enough that none of my errors are glaring or painful.  is my construction perfect?  no.  do i look pretty amazing and feel like me?  unequivocal yes.

(also:  score another one for the friday night sew-in!  started and got most of the work done friday evening and finished the last hem stitch before bed on sunday)

Pattern Review
Pattern description:

“Meringue” is a scalloped-hem pencil skirt while “Pastille” is a sweetheart sheath dress with horizontal pleats in the skirt.

Pattern Sizing

0-18. i went with a straight 0 in the skirt and an adjusted 0 (SBA, length adjustment) in the bodice.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

yes! as expected, the pattern drafting did not disappoint and gave exactly the results promised.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

i….didn’t look at the instructions. but i should have. all of my construction errors on the pastille skirt pleats are a direct results of this laziness.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

wide, generous sweetheart neckline with little cap sleeves make the bodice infinitely adaptable for colors, styles and fabrics. i loved the skirt pleats in the pastille. i also loved the scallop hem on the meringue.

Fabric used:

liberty of london tana lawn “symposium” from shaukat fabrics. medium-weight black silk/wool blend from metro textiles (PR NYC shopping day). flower-printed silk for skirt lining from metro textiles (PR NYC shopping day)

Pattern changes or design changes made:

  • i separated the pastille bodice from the skirt and lengthened the bodice so it hits me about mid-hip instead of at the natural waistline
  • i eliminated the blouse facings and used bias binding
  • i shortened the CB zipper so it goes about halfway down my back and just opens at the neckline.  i used a metal zipper and left it semi-exposed.
  • i combined the pastille skirt with the meringue skirt.  i wanted the pleats and the scallops.  to do this, i cut the pastille skirt as drafted.  then, i cut the meringue waist facings and hem facings and used all of the combined pieces as my basis for the skirt.

Construction techniques:

i used the scallop hem facings along the hem of my pastille skirt to get a scallop shape along the hem. LOVE. i understitched these facings to get a crisp scallop shape and pressed the heck out of them.

Sewing machines used:

my beloved featherweight did most of the grunt work while my sturdy kenmore took care of stitching down the pleats and the hems.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?

no joke, i will probably make the bodice at least twice more as a separate and definitely do the dress as a whole. the meringue also has TNT potential depending on how many scallop hems i’m interested in having.


i feel elegant, comfortable and well-dressed in garments that clearly have a point of view. what more can a girl ask for?

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One Response to colette pastille and meringue: i want one of each in every color

  1. Judith says:

    How great do these two work together – work outfit in a flash!!! The Colette styles suit you well…

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