Fabric: rayon-silk blend from paron’s annex; contrast flounce “facing” liberty of london from fabric.com
Pattern: Colette Truffle (UFO version here)
Notions: zipper, lace, hug snug rayon binding
Time to Complete: longer than it should have
First Worn: august 21, 2012
Wear Again: yes
Total Price: ~$25
Challenge Theme: “yellow”
only because i knew it was now or never was i able to sit down for the mere hour it took me to finish the dress and add it to the closet instead of keeping it in area 51. i just really wanted to have this cutie finished and wearable before it became socially unacceptable to wear white. also, i have a small mountain building in area 51, all of projects that require, on average, an hour or less to complete, so i’m going to try and party like it’s the end of the year and get some UFOs into the closet.
sleeveless dress with fitted bodice, slight a-line skirt and front skirt flounce.
0-18. i used a 0 for the skirt and my own bodice sloper for the bodice.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, sarai’s technical drawings are excellent as always and her photographed garments show you exactly what to expect.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
i didn’t use the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
the front flounce adds a fabulous bit of design interest to an already classic basic dress.
rayon-silk blend from paron’s annex in NYC.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
colette patterns work brilliantly for me in the skirts but disastrously in the bodice, so instead of trying to re-grade the bodice as i usually do, i abandoned it and used my bodice sloper, re-drawing the sloper neckline and armscye curves to match the neckline design as drafted by sarai. i had a few hiccups along the way, due mainly to my own mis-measuring, and got there in the end with a pattern that (IMHO) fits pretty awesomely.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
i could see playing with this pattern for more variations on the classic silhouette, and once you have it fitted, it’s an easy one to keep in the TNT pile for when you need something safe, reliable, but with flair and personality.
another excellent design from sarai and colette patterns.