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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!

 

Other Obsessions: Sewing Projects of 2014

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Colette Patterns   Lily Dress

Colette Patterns Lily Dress

2014 was a productive year for my sewing :) These were my all my project this year.

For a co-worker who loves gymnastics, this was her housewarming party!

For a co-worker who loves gymnastics, this was her housewarming party!

A knit dress I made out of $2/yd fabric from FIDM store.

A knit dress I made out of $2/yd fabric from FIDM store.

Marty's shirt made out of Italian shirting fabric from   Michael Levine  .

Marty's shirt made out of Italian shirting fabric from Michael Levine.

Father's Day gift for my father in law! He lives between China and Taiwan so I sent it to home in Taiwan!

Father's Day gift for my father in law! He lives between China and Taiwan so I sent it to home in Taiwan!

He even modeled it for me :)

He even modeled it for me :)

I showed this few days ago, I made this simple sheath dress out of rayon challis from fabric.com

I showed this few days ago, I made this simple sheath dress out of rayon challis from fabric.com

...to wear it to a friend's wedding in SF. 

...to wear it to a friend's wedding in SF. 

Pattern: Laguna

Jean Chung3 Comments

Another pattern release!

I wrote up this pattern after really wanting to knit my own wedding dress last year, but not be able to find anything I liked. I also didn't want to spend a year knitting it, because I had less than 6 months to plan for the wedding.

I ended up buying my wedding dress but thought it would be great to write a pattern so maybe I can make it for a party or something.

Now, this is not professionally edited or anything, so there may be errors. Please let me know if you find any.

Enjoy!!!