Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Echino Laurel

Colette Laurel

My love for Echino is boundless. I bought 3 yards of the bird fabric in 2010 to make a dress. I dutifully prewashed and then it sat in the stash because I was too afraid to mess it up. When Colette Patterns announced their Laurel contest a light went off in my brain that the simple shift pattern would be the perfect match for this print.

Colette Laurel

I traced the size 0 grading to a 2 at the waist and went to work on a muslin. I shortened the dress by one inch, removed some of the sleeve cap ease, lowered the armholes, widened the sleeves, and I realized after construction that my shoulder-to-bust length is longer than the pattern because the armholes and bust darts are still a little too high. so i added some length to that area for next time. i'm not sure if i like the extra width at the waist. it is comfortable but i think i probably could've gone with the 0 at the waist and it might be a little more slimming. I very carefully matched the pockets. they are purely decorative since they are too small to put my hands in. I almost left them off but I think they add a nice touch. I wish the dress had more of the dark purple at the bottom, but I wanted the birds to sit around hip level and this is what i get for being 2 feet tall.

Colette Laurel

I don't do invisible zips, so i installed a centered zip using the technique in Power Sewing. it looks very nice, but next time i will simply trace 1/4" away from the seamline to mark the topstitching rather than using scotch tape. the only tape i had was 3/4" and i had to stitch through the tape, which made removal a nightmare. i think it took me 30 minutes just to get all the little bits of tape off.

Colette Laurel

I used quilting cotton for the bias binding and handstitched it and the hem. it really does make a lovely finished look, though slipstitching will never be my favorite thing to do.

i quite like this dress, enough so that i'm planning to make another one for summer. The pattern is very simple and ripe for variation. I would highly recommend it, as long as you're willing to make adjustments for fit.

20 comments :

mle said...

It looks great on you! The matching pockets are just perfect. I love this a lot, very modern.

Dk's Wife said...

It looks lovely, and you did a great job matching the print!

gingermakes said...

Oh my gosh! This is gorgeous! It's absolutely perfect-- I love the fabric, and you've matched it so beautifully! Well done!

Jill said...

I love it! It looks great, and I love the backdrop for your photos too!

safieh said...

Love love love! This dress is INCREDIBLE! Not only does it look fab on you, but it's the perfect use of this fabric. Oh, and you matched the pockets perfectly. Throw on a pair of heels, girl, and head out!

Jacey said...

It is so. so good. I love everything about this dress. Your pockets, using the beloved Echino print, the length, the pictures, everything!

You are totally rocking this look.

Grace said...

Absolutely adorable! Did you sent the sleeves with a french seam?

Ostenfelder Nähstube said...

Sooo cute! I love it, a great look.

Crystal said...

This dress is gorgeous on you! I love the fabric you chose and I'm totally jealous of your sleeves (I'm scared to try sleeves). Perfection!

Gillian said...

Oh, I'm so in love with this! I've got a huge soft spot for Echino, and in fact I've got a length of this print in my stash! I even bought my sister an Echino umbrella in this print... why didn't I get myself one too??? It looks really great on you. You did a wonderful job!

Ellen said...

Wow! Looks lika a match made in heaven! That print is so pretty, and the pockets are perfect.

Kaye said...

I love this! I love Echino, but it's soooo expensive!

Celtic Thistle said...

Great dress, those pockets are just lovely!

sewmanju said...

Very pretty: perfect match of fabric and pattern I would say!

Stephanie said...

It looks great! That's perfect fabric for that pattern.

MellieWo said...

Love how you used the fabric! It looks awesome!

foamofdays said...

Love the fabric! Beautiful dress! love how you made the pockets!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I love Echino too!

Ruffles Gazebo said...

wow perfect fabric for it! sometimes it really pays off to hoard mwahaha!

JuanitaTortilla said...

I think your take on this Laurel is my favorite so far, because of the fabric! Love it. Might have to jump on the Laurel bandwagon!

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