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Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Laurel Dress

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Pattern: Laurel Dress from Colette Patterns
Fabric: Michael Levine Loft 
If you're interested, there are official Laurel Dress hack/variations you can download from Colette Patterns' website. 
 

To say that I love Colette Patterns and love shopping at Michael Levine (Especially their Loft store, where they sell fabric BY THE POUND) is an understatement. Yes, I do love going pattern shopping at a local JoAnn store whenever they have those $1 sales, but I just really love the quality of the products made by indie designers, and I have a LOT of Colette Patterns sewing patterns as they were the first one that I discovered when I got into sewing.

My latest addition to my handmade clothing closet is this Laurel Dress, a simple shift dress that doesn't break up the wild print pattern of this fabric. Before cutting up the fabric, I looked at the fabric pattern carefully, to make sure that the bodice, sleeves, and the cuffs all show off the different part of the fabric. So the bodice was cut from the middle (fold) section of the fabric, sleeves are from the edges close to the selvedges, and the cuffs are from somewhere between the middle section and the edges. 

I cut 4 of the cuffs pattern piece to line it, and made sure that I try 2 different parts of the fabric for the pair, and picked the one I thought best suited the sleeves print. 

The finishing touch that I really like in this design is the neck binding. I thought about buying green bias tape, but felt that was too match-y. I had this 1/4" bias tape at home in black and used that instead, and I think it was a good choice. 

Because the design doesn't have any darts or waist shaping, I can still fit into it (at Week 38 of the pregnancy!). This afternoon, my husband and I are going to a working rehearsal of American Ballet Theatre's Sleeping Beauty debut at Segerstrom Hall, and I will definitely be wearing this. 

Laurel

Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns

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Pattern: Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns (Purchased at Renegade few years ago)
Fabric: Cotton blend from Michael Levine Loft
 

My third Macaron Dress! Few years ago, I bought this Macaron dress pattern from Sew-LA booth (not sure, but if I remember correctly...), at the Renegade LA and then walked over to the Fashion District to buy the silk fabric for the yoke, and the peachskin fabric from Michael Levine store, all on the same day. I came home, and went straight to the sewing machine the next morning to make my first Macaron dress.  I wore it to meet Sarai, the owner/designer behind Colette Patterns in LA in 2012 when she and her crew were here for Colette Party.  I paired it with my Swallowtail shawl out of Malabrigo Lace yarn.

Macaron Dress #1 

Macaron Dress #2:

I made the second one out of poly Crushed Taffeta in navy color, from fabric.com. I changed the skirt portion to a circle skirt, and just left the hem undone. 

UNFORUNATELY, this dress ripped in the middle of the wedding we attended in Maui, right where the yoke connects to the bodice. I kept it to see if I could repair it, but I don't think it's repairable, unless I take out the yoke entirely and sew a new one.

So this third one went by very quickly, as I already had the pattern cut up and knew what to do.

That day when I was at Sew LA store, I bought a new invisible zipper presser foot because the one that came with my machine made it IMPOSSIBLE to install one. I feel like my zipper skill is improving! This time, my front bodice and back lined up almost perfectly.

I love all the details in this dress pattern (the yoke/bodice divide, slightly puffy sleeves, and easy neck/collar treatment..) but my favorite part is this cut on the sleeves. They're so flattering!

Overall, I am so glad I saved this fabric for this project. I bought 5 yards of this stuff from Michael Levine's Loft store (it's across from their main store on Maple), where you can buy fabrics BY THE POUND. On the fabric selvedge, it says Cameron Ind., and the tag shows that it was a special order. 

Right now, it's hard to try this on -- but I still tried!

Fortunately, my upper body hasn't changed much since pre-pregnancy days, so I was still able to try on to see the fit of the top. I tried zipping it up, and then gave up midway. =P

I simply cannot wait to wear this after I pop out Logan in about 2 weeks!