Colette Macaron Summer Dress

After having a bit of a break from sewing I started the year fresh by going back to a pattern I love making. This was a perfect dress for the summer holidays, looking casual but still dressy and cute. I wore this dress for a day up at the Sunshine Coast and even made a matching mask to wear with it.

Description: This is a beautiful two-toned dress including front pockets a pleated skirt and small capped sleeves. Perfect for beginner sewers as Colette includes easy-to-follow instructions.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Dress
Material: Striped Denim and cotton jersey

This is a close up where you can see the striped pattern of the dress and I absolutely just love this combination. As you can see I’ve copied this style for all of the Colette dresses that I’ve made. You can see these blog posts with my flower patterned and the bright fabric version.

The main things that I love about this pattern is the two-toned layout (which you can mix and match with so many different fabric types – even sheer), front and back pleats, front pockets and cute capped sleeves. It’s such a flattering, cute style of dress, I just love wearing them!

Even though this is one of my favourite dresses I’ve only ever purchased two other patterns from Colette (now on Seamworks website). I’d love to know if you’ve made or love any of the other patterns from this brand? It might be time for me to invest in a new style!

In saying that, the next dress on my sewing table is actually a black version of this I’m going to create with a bright linen type of fabric. I’m hoping to get the most out of what’s left of summer šŸ™‚

Happy Sewing!

Erin

Colette Macaron Dress

You can probably assume from all the dresses I’ve made from this sewing pattern that it’s one of my absolute favourites. I’ve had this beautiful cotton sateen fabric sitting in my stash for quite some time and couldn’t decide what to do with it. Maybe because it’s so bright and colourful, creating it as a solid dress might have been too much. So splitting it up using the Colette Macaron using the white top was the perfect combination.

You can see see my floral Colette Macaron, my two toned Colette Macarons, as well as some other Macarons in my sewing archive. The dress contains front pockets, a pleated skirt, separate top panels and is a great fit! If I hadn’t convinced you to get this pattern, maybe I have now.

Description: Macaron is a fun-to-sew, flattering, and curvy dress. It includes a bodice fitted with darts, along with a contrasting top yoke, sleeves, and a narrow midriff band.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Pattern
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

This is the first time taking photos in my new house that I purchased in June. Now that it’s coming into summer I’ve been able to spend a lot more time outside renovating the backyard, working on getting fit and seeing more friends. That gave me a bit of a kick up the bum to create something fun and pretty that I can wear out for lunch or dinner.

It was a bit of a sad week for me though because I packed up all my work clothes and put them into a crate since I’m no longer wearing them. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be heading back into the city for work any time soon, having already worked from home since March. However, that gave me the focus to enjoy adding some more casual clothes to my wardrobe. I’ve since made a few dress tops, a casual shirt dress and have a number of cute casual outfits ready to sew! I can’t wait to share them with you!

Is anyone else in the same boat where you’re having to adjust to a new lifestyle and it’s changed your entire wardrobe?

Happy sewing and I hope you’re all keeping safe!

Erin

Floral Colette Macaron

The Colette Macaron is a dress I’ve made a thousand times now. It’s one of my all time favourite sewing patterns. You can see my Pink and Navy versions and more in my sewing archive. This dress (and photos) are from 2015 and was made from a beautiful white floral cotton sateen.

Description: Macaron is a fun-to-sew, flattering, and curvy dress. It includes a bodice fitted with darts, along with a contrasting top yoke, sleeves, and a narrow midriff band.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Pattern
Fabric: Cotton Sateen and cotton lining

This dress works with and without the centre band. You can use it to colour block the different fabric on top and bottom, keep the dress one colour (like this version) or have only the top part different like my Navy and Pink version. There is so many options with this dress which is why I love it so much.

I also think this is one of the most comfortable fit dresses. I have reused the skirt part on many other dresses I’ve made. It comes with pockets and sleeves which is my absolute favourite, especially if I want to wear them to work. I really can’t fault this dress pattern and highly recommend to others. Check out the tag #colettemacaron to see how many beautiful version of this dress have been made on Instagram.

Happy Sewing!

Erin

5 Helpful & Inspiring Sewing Books

If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.

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1. Vogue Sewing

Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.

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2. The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook

I love the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook because it starts with advice on sewing tips and techniques and then guides you on how to cut out their patterns. This is perfect because it also comes with five basic patterns including a top, a skirt, a dress, a coat and a bag with instructions on how to create them in a few different variations. Such an inspiring way to indicate just how creative you can be when you start playing with fabrics, notions and altering the patterns slightly to give it a different look and style each time.

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3. The Colette Sewing Handbook

The Colette Sewing Handbook is another beautiful book guiding you through some of the fundamentals of sewing, plus useful cutting, fabric and sewing techniques.Ā It also includes five patterns including the Meringue skirt, Pastille dress, Truffle dress, Taffy blouse Licorice dress, all with step-by-step instructions and information on how to alter them to make the perfect fit!

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4. Couture Sewing Techniques

Couture Sewing TechniquesĀ takes a deep dive into the art of sewing and how to master a number of techniques to make your garments look couture and professionally finished. I’d definitely recommend this book for those wanting to advance your skills with some simple and effective methods from stitching, facings, closures, sleeves, fitting, pockets and much more.

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5. The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible

The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible truly is a bible for everything dressmaking and sewing. This would be the perfect book for beginner sewers and something you can revert back to at any time throughout your sewing journey. It has definitions of a huge range of sewing techniques including picture diagrams on the best method of mastering these techniques. Plus, it’s also a great size to take with you to sewing lessons or to fit in your bag or next to your machine.

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Books I want to buy

I’ve absolutely loved collecting these beautiful sewing books that you can refer back to at any time throughout your journey. Plus, here are a few books that I’ve been spying on and would love to buy next.

If you’re unsure if any of these sewing books are for right fit for you, then why not check out your local library first. Otherwise, I always find Book Depository quite amazing on price and delivery.

  1. Love at First Stitch – Tilly Walnes
  2. The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking – Wendy Ward
  3. Gertie”s New Book for Better Sewing – Gretchen Hirsch

What’s your favourite sewing books? I’d love to know!

Erin xx

Colette Macaron Dress

Hello to the gorgeous dresses in 2019! This year has been so amazing for me, I’m at a point where I’m so happy and content and really want to get back into doing more things that I love, and that includes sewing! I’m taking a step back from some of my side projects and focusing more on myself! So what better way to start by creating a brand new Colette Macaron dress… or two!

Description:Ā This is a beautiful two-toned dress including front pockets a pleated skirt and small capped sleeves. Perfect for beginner sewers as Colette includes easy-to-follow instructions.
Pattern: Colette Macaron Dress
Material:Ā Cotton sateen and cotton jersey

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This is one of my all-time favourite sewing patterns. When I decided to start making myself some new outfits this was at the top of my list. I cut out a size 2 in this pattern and it fit perfectly. I also omitted the band in the centre to bring up the skirt slightly higher on my waist.

The navy cotton sateen material is from Spotlight Australia and was even on sale for only $14 a meter, making this dress about $25. The white material is from an unwanted white t-shirt but you could use any jersey knit material for this comfy, casual look.

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I loved this casual/sweet version so much, I decided to replicate it in a different colourĀ  which I also purchasedĀ from Spotlight. What can I say, I’m a sucker for floral material and isn’t that what every girl does? …buy’s pretty things in every possibly colour!

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I love this style of dress so much because you can wear it to work or even out with friends on a weekend.

And if you haven’t already noticed… it has front POCKETS!!! Probably one of my favourite pluses about being able to make your own clothes, adding pockets to everything (hehe).

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I can’t wait to show you what else I’ve been making! Slowly bringing out some of those oldie but goodie patterns that made me fall in love with sewing. Plus, if you’re looking to start sewing I highly recommend this pattern because Colette is fantastic for guiding you through the entire process.

Happy Sewing!!

Erin xx

Colette Laurel Dress

Pattern:Ā Colette Laurel
Description: This chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round.
Fabric used: Cotton sateen with a cotton poplin lining

The Colette Laurel was a very easy, simple dress to construct, perfect for work or for casual dress occasions. The main changes I made for this pattern is becauseĀ it was a very loose fit. I probably could have gone down a whole size but I cut it out first, making a muslin and decided to add some long front and back darts to bring it in.

This version is a bit more body hugging, however I like this style and still find it comfortable and casual. If it was a different material such as a linen or denim it may have been fine at that larger size. I guess it’s just a preference as to how you like your clothing to fit.

A great pattern though, I highly recommend!