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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Finally - The Parfait Dress

After a year of hoarding the Parfait pattern from Colette patterns, it is complete:

I found the plaid linen fabric on Saturday at Hancock's on sale. I had been planning to make the Macaron dress first, but I thought the plaid would look better as this smart little jumper. I plan to wear it with a collared shirt underneath for work.

I started cutting on Sunday and sewed all Monday night. Yesterday I went and got the zipper and buttons and took in the top a bit. I must confess - I never make a muslin. Which sometimes means that I have to pull out stitches, but I'm ok with it. For this pattern, I should have made the smaller size. In the instructions, it says something like "if you are between sizes, go a size up, as Colette patterns have less ease than other brands." I ended up taking almost an inch off each side and taking in the neckline.

Maybe I should have matched my plaids? I think I'm ok with it as is - and I didn't even think about it until I was sewing it together!

I had to get a close up of the zipper. This is, hands down, the best invisible zipper I have ever sewn. I give all credit to my new fancy sewing machine - a Baby Lock "Grace." It's electric. Very fancy.
I absolutely love the pockets on this dress. The details of the pattern are great. The plaid is a very sweet summery plaid - light green with pink, purple, cream and yellow.
Overall, I love the outcome. It's very sweet, a little vintage, and plaid. I love plaid.


  1. LOOOOVE IT! you did so good in such a short amnt of time.

  2. This turned out great! All the little details like the pockets and buttons make your dress look perfect.

  3. I've been eying that pattern. I love how it turned out! Great work! I host a weekly blog link so people can share the things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you are interested in sharing this!

  4. Adorable. Who is your photographer and that guy you that was smooching you he is so cute:)

  5. Here's the deal. You need to stop sewing adorable things and making it all seem so EASY! This is going to end with me on the floor of my craft room in a pile of patterns,ruined fabric and tears and it will be all your fault.

  6. Awww! Anna, just leave your phone within reach of the pile and I will come help when you call!

  7. Aw, so cute! And nah, matching plaids is overrated. Love your blog, thanks for stopping by MBR. :)


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