Selecting the next sample to make is a collaborative effort around here. One of us has an idea for a perfect fabric/pattern combo, and we all discuss and decide together. Usually, Bonnie makes samples in her or Jane’s size, since they are both approximately a size 6 — the same size as our mannequins — but, sometimes I luck out, and we decide to make something in a larger size. Enter the Colette Peony Dress! You can find the pattern on our website here.
Here are Bonnie’s answers to the Pattern Review questions about the Colette Peony:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the style lines and that Colette Patterns fit Kate in the bust without any alterations. I didn’t like the height of the bateau neckline (too high), and I didn’t like the back sleeve cap ease. I lowered the neckline almost 1 inch, and took out approximately ¾” of the sleeve cap in the back.
Two black and white stretch sateens: Figure Eights, and Polka Dots. I liked using fabrics with the same colors but different designs for this dress. They were great to sew and fit with, but I narrowed the skirt a few inches because the lack of drape in the fabric made the skirt very wide.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lowered the neckline almost 1 inch, and took out approximately ¾” of the sleeve cap in the back. I also narrowed the skirt by approximately 3 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I really love the dress, and the alterations were not difficult.
One of Colette’s original patterns, this dress is still in style and a great choice for those of us with hourglass figures.