SEWING || THE LAUREL DRESS

Thursday, March 28, 2013

laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
pattern: the laurel dress by colette patterns
after posting last week about my love for the new colette pattern - laurel, i set aside as much time as possible on saturday to make one. i sewed like a madwoman and wore that dress out that night to knit with my girls.  now i know i could write a few paragraphs gushing but my love for this dress but i'll keep things easy - I. LOVE. THIS. DRESS.  plain and simple.

laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns

i ended up having a chat with one of my fave bloggy pals anna from noodlehead last week after i initially posted about the laurel dress (read it here) and we decided it would be super fun to post our finished laurel dresses on the same day!  i ADORE how hers turned out - i mean really, anna oozes awesomeness out of her fingernails..lol.  she looks gorgeous!  so when you are done here go pop by noodlehead and show her some luv too :)

laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns

now back to laurel....

the pattern is true to colette style with lovely finishes, fabulous fit and hand stitched details that make a big difference in the finishing of your garment.  going from what i like to call "holly hobby" to "where did you buy that fabulous dress"?  i purchased the pdf version of laurel and even the cutting/piecing didn't seem to take too long. it was pretty easy to find the pieces and not too many to cut out.  with a pattern complete with 4 options (and more in the e-book variation) i was happy to see it not going to take me a few hours.

i went ahead and went a bit nuts and didn't make a muslin - i know....dumb and daring at the same time!  i feel like i'm starting to get a good idea of my bust sizing for a fitted shape and felt comfortable going ahead with this one without worries of a full bust adjustment or making changes to the pattern piece.  thankfully luck was on my side.  i made the size 14 for the 42" bust (i'm about a 41"-42" depending on my bra..lol) and it fits fabulous.  what worries me more lately is not my bust but my shoulders and smaller back compared to my bust size. i either get neck drape or armpit gaping so have had to make changes to previous patterns for these size adjustments.  for laurel i was a-ok.  i'm really happy with the fit on my back, arms, and bust.

laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns

what i am most in love with for this dress is my tummy.  i love that laurel skims and hides lumps and ahem...bulges (two kids sure did me in for life) but still shows off the assets i do like - my legs and bust without being too revealing or clingy.  i feel really comfy in it and can see myself wearing it often. in fact i've already worn it 3 times!!!! that's a success in my book!  i've got fabric to cut out another and the blouse version is in the queue as well.

all in all, the dress does take some time to make but it is worth every minute!  you hand sew your sleeve bias and neckline and hem.  i chose to finish my hem on the machine for time purposes because i refused to go out to my knit night without it on...lol...but if i hadn't i would have hand stitched it.  it was fun!  and honestly - the finished product looks gorgeous! only thing i haven't done yet is sew on my hook and eye. still  have to do that :)  i made version 2 with pockets and no sleeve cuff.  next one i hope to do the sleeve cuff - so adorbs! i also want to make the blouse which still features the laurel dresses bust and back darts (hello....how awesome are back darts!!! let's hear it for the back darts ladies! i mean c'mon...these things make me look just a wee bit fabulous!) but no zipper! sold! right there. done.  can't wait to whip that one up too!

and yes, i said zipper. don't be scared. trust me. laurel has an invisible zipper and it was my first time putting one in and honestly it was so easy. such an easy zipper to sew in.  colette patterns has a wonderful tutorial for you to follow as well if you need help as well as many other tutorials and tips throughout the pattern.  only thing i did change (and this was the daredevil in me coming out again) was sew in my invisible zipper with my regular foot. i know, i know...bad girl, but i don't have an invisible zipper foot and didn't want to leave my house to go get one.  i read how to sew the zipper in and realized quite quickly that i could do it without the special foot. my passion for edge stitching came in handy here. i simply unrolled the curled part of the zipper near the teeth as i sewed slowly and stitched as close as possible to my zipper.  done like dinner. worked like a charm and i had a heckavu good time while i did it...lol.  let's hear it for the selfish sewing!  i could get used to this!

laurel dress made by luvinthemommyhood pattern by colette patterns
||  PATTERN  ||
- laurel by colette patterns

||  FABRIC  ||
- some sort of brushed cotton from fabricland (wish i had more details but i don't :(  it's very soft though and i like it.

||  NOTES  ||
- sewed size 14 and made no full bust adjustment or alterations to the sizing of the pattern.
- hand stitched sleeve hem, neckline but machine stitched the hem.
- sewed my invisible zipper in with a regular zipper foot
- i made option 2 with pockets and no sleeve cuffs
- bias trim was store bought - not handmade
- hemmed my dress as per pattern.  did not find dress too short at all and i'm 5'4". so those of you wondering about the dress length it's great!
- overall i give this pattern two thumbs up! will be making many more!

what do you think?  are you planning on making laurel? what fabric and version will you be sewing? what's your favorite colette pattern? i'm thinking of trying the pants next! fill me in!  i've got coffee for all of you & i'd love a visit!

p.s. wishing you all a wonderful long weekend with your loved ones!  here's some lovely tulips that sit beside me as i type to all you lovelies! see you next week! xoxox

42 comments:

  1. I love your dress! Laurel is on the top of my to sew list and i love it on you! Now I'm going straight to the studio to go work on my muslin and sew it up asap! ALsoI am thrilled to see it sewed up for a size 14 and not a 4. While i do love blogland's lovely single digit sized sewists, i sometimes have a hard time seeing myself in the clothes they sew because i'm a 14/16. not a 4/6.

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  2. Is beautiful! I didn't love like you when I saw it, but now after yours, maybe. I know, April will be come and I will buy the pattern. Hi Hi. Your dress is gorgeous and think fabric is great for it.

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  3. wow - it turned out just as great as I pictured - still love the fabric! You look so good

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  4. I LOVE it Shan! It looks amazing on you! And you did such an awesome job on the finishing, it looks so pro, makes me wanna ask ...where did you buy that fab dress???

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  5. It turned out great and looks comfy! I must admit, I'm scared to try this because of the zipper!!

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  6. this looks fantastic! it makes me wish i could sew. :) you are adorable. xo

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  7. this is looking fabulous! wow!! love the hand sewed details! it looks great on you and I love the color and pattern! great job! you can gloat at your knit night::)

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  8. Your version is great! Are you participating in the Laurel Contest? I just posted my plan to get this new pattern sewn up and entered here: http://thingsthatfloatmyboat.blogspot.com/2013/03/laurel-sew-along-contest.html
    Looking forward to it, but I'm having a hard time picking fabric--too many good options. I really think an eyelet or lace version would be really cute, but I don't want it looking too twee or bridal. Thanks for the confidence on the zipper--I'm nervous about that.

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  9. The dress is very flattering on you!
    I have my pattern printed, and am ready to go! Hopefully I'll get some sewing time in this weekend :)

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  10. Wow girl!! That is stinkin awesome. You look FABULOUS!!

    :)

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  11. Hello gorgeous! I love everything about it, the color is perfect for you!

    I also love the Shannon cowl with it, cute outfit!

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  12. This is soooooo freaking cute!! Omg, I want one RIGHT NOW. It looks fabulous on you...and it's so well-sewn!! Also love it styled with your cowl! :)

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  13. This is so gorgeous and looks fabulous on you. I'm a curvy UK 14/16 and it's so nice to see a beautiful and beautifully made garment that's so flattering to us 'real' girls. Will definitely be adding Laurel to my pattern wish-list. Much love from over the pond x

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  14. Omigosh it's beautiful on you! That fabric is perfect and it looks so comfy and easy to wear. How exciting you made something you love so much! Always rewarding. :)

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  15. What a cute dress - it looks very pretty on you :) I wish I were a dress person!

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  16. It's absolutely gorgeous! And looks amazing on you! Great job Shannon!

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  17. fully love! love! i love the full shot you can really see it work with your outfit. And I love the cowl addition. super job!!!

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  18. You look beeeeeeuuuuutiful in that dress! It's very flattering. You should be so proud of yourself.

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  19. Love the fabric and the dress looks great! It is nice to see it sewn up by someone with a larger bust size (like myself). Laurel is definitely on my list!

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  20. The dress looks great! Love it.

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  21. This just pushed me over the edge...after break, I AM finding time for some selfish sewing. It is simply gorgeous on you--love it styled w/ the boots and chunky cowl. Beautiful job!!

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  22. Your dress is gorgeous! I like so much Colette patterns : I want to sew the "Ginger" skirt or the "Juniper" trousers.
    Wish you a fun weekend too!

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  23. Oh Shannon this is so awesome! It looks fantastic on you and I love how you both posted about it the same day, so fun :).

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  24. Beautiful! That color is great on you. I snatched up the Laurel immediately without hesitation - and that's so rare for me. Usually I agonize, deliberate, and wring hands over the cost. I'm starting with the blouse first to see if I can get a good fit. Hopefully mine will be successful, too! Lovely!

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  25. I love this dress, and I want to make one too! And I'm not even much of a sewer! I think I'm going to go for it though! I agree, it looks great with hand knits. I really love your fabric too.

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  26. I LOVE your Laurel! Your bias binding is so neat & tidy!

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    1. thank you! i've learned to love to hand sew my quilt bindings so it def came in handy with this dress :)

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  27. This.is.awesome! I had my doubts about Laurel as a dress (loved the idea of it as a blouse)... at least for me! But your version has changed my mind! Officially in my queue!

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    1. Yay! glad to hear it! thx for the comment :)

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  28. it looks great on you! looks like a nice pattern. Maybe my post third-baby bod would look nice in one. Lol. *sigh*

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  29. Gorgeous Shannon. Simply lovely! Beautifully sewn and yes the fit is great! And you, you are so pretty! Love this.

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  30. This is such a lovely dress--really love everything about it. I also adore the box bag-that fabric has caught my eye several times now and you've featured it in such a pretty way. Great work, as ever :D xx

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you like it! Katherine's fabrics are awesome!

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  31. Cute top!! Thank you so much for posting this! :)

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  32. Oh my goodness stop it! This is amazing and your photos are really lovely. I'm so glad you posted this because now I've found your beautiful blog! RL x

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  33. Before this, I was so not excited about this pattern - I didn't believe that it would look good on bigger girls. But your dress is lovely, simple and looks great - the shape reminds me of a black linen dress I used to wear ALL the time. Hooray

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  34. I'm making two Laurels right now (white and a black/floral version) and googled up your blog! Thanks for all that detail in your making, helps me out! I've added bell sleeves for my white dress, I think it'll look cute and kinda 60s! x

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  35. you look absolutely great in this pretty dress! thanks for the post, i am thinking of buying the pattern and this really helps :-)

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  36. i love your version! i bought my pattern a while ago and hummed and haad over it after reading so many blogs with folks having fitting issues, then i read yours and i feel so much better and ready to start! we are both the same shape and i'm glad you didnt have to alter anything or do a fba, so i'm just going to go straight into the size 14 on a toile and see what goes!! thanks for your fab post xxxx

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  37. ps. whats the pattern for the cowl is gorge too!! x

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