Sunday 27 April 2014

Tutti Frutti Ceylon

My first Colette pattern sewing experience. Yes, I'm rather slow to the party but better late than never.  I've been wanting to sew this for ages but I was waiting for the right fabric to come along and it was worth the wait. I picked up this strawberry and cherry 1930's print cotton in Tokyo and I absolutely love it.

This is a lovely pattern and came together more easily than I expected. I think all the pieces scared me off a bit at first and all those buttons! I went for smaller ones than suggested and also added an extra one at the top to balance it out a bit more.

I cut a size 4 bodice, tapered the midriff to a size 6 at the hips and cut a size 6 skirt.  The skirt was still a little wide for me so I took it in further at the sides quite a bit and also shortened the length.

I thought the full sleeves would swamp my small frame so I used the capped sleeves from New Look 6069 and finished the underarm with bias binding. Lauren from Lladybird has a great tutorial for this - thanks Lauren!

My muslin showed that the back bodice was way too big so I had to make a 4cm swayback adjustment.
Thanks to the Colette Handbook for instructions on how to do this.

And now for another "hands on hips" pose
Can't wait to make up my next Colette pattern - I've a few to catch up on!

Soundtrack: Tutti Frutti - Little Richard


  1. Wow! This looks gorgeous and really suits your shape! Good work!

  2. OMG!! My jaw just hit the floor!
    I have this pattern, but haven't made it up yet because of the meh-envelope/design photo!
    This is just stunning, and the fabric you chose is perfect!

  3. All the cool people come late to the party. And you are no exception. Well worth the wait. The shape of that dress is amazing and your fabric choice is beautiful :-)