New Pattern Lust: Laurel from Colette Patterns


I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited over a new pattern.  I think I literally shrieked out loud when I opened my email and saw Laurel, a simple shift dress with some shaping from Colette Patterns.  I know I know, I’m continuing the Colette love from my last post, but hey – Colette rocks my socks.  What I love most about this pattern is that the simple design and silhouette makes a great canvas for showcasing some awesome fabrics.

So I’ve changed course on what I’m planning on making for the cocktail party in two weeks.  I received my pattern in the mail on Friday (like, three days after I ordered it, wow!) and went on a hunt this weekend for the perfect fabric.  I landed on a navy blue geometric eyelet that I will layer over a lime green silk habotai – it’s pretty funky but I think it will look preppy/cool.  The silk makes me a little nervous since I’ve never worked with silk before and I’m not a big fan of hand washing my garments, but the final result will be worth it in my mind.

I have a feeling that I’m going to make a load of Laurels this year, so look out!  Tomorrow I’m planning on starting a wearable muslin of the shirt version from some white swiss dot that I’ve had in my stash for awhile.



  1. March 25, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I too am in love with this new pattern. As a relatively new sewist, it was awesome to complete a dress in one afternoon! The one drawback is it is way too short!!! I only had a couple of yards of fabric so I am going to have to add a colorblock bottom to keep it decent….

  2. March 25, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    I think your plan sounds cute and totally party-appropriate! I'm so curious about this pattern, so am really interested to hear what you think (and to see you in the finished product)!

  3. March 25, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    I'm really excited to try this one, too! I downloaded it immediately– I couldn't help myself! Love the idea of navy eyelet over lime green!

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