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Colette Patterns Laurel = Love!

Sarai Mitnick is the owner of Colette Patterns and has a knack for combining vintage style with modern ease. Her instructions are very clear and she often has online tutorials for specific sewing techniques. The most recent release, Laurel, is a 60’s inspired shift dress and Sarai included a separate downloadable booklet with nine additional variations.

In honor of Laurel’s release Colette Patterns is hosting a contest with some pretty awesome prizes. I plan to enter both of my Laurel creations in the hopes of snagging something wonderful.

Courtesy of Colette Patterns

Courtesy of Colette Patterns

Courtesy of Colette Patterns

Courtesy of Colette Patterns










My first dress is a wool plaid winter version with long sleeves. I closely followed version three including the ruffled sleeves. The only significant changes were to add front darts from just below the bust to the waist and to add a grey flannel hem. The darts are to make it less boxy since my ample booty requires a lot of fabric and the color block style hem was because the dress ended up being too short for my 40 something legs and I didn’t have enough of the original fabric. I had bought the fabric from Mena of Sew Weekly back in the 2011 and only had two yards. I think the grey along the sleeves and hem actually made the dress more interesting don’t ya think?

Side view of Winter Version Colette Laurel Winter Version of Colette Laurel









The second version is made of some very light weight seersucker I picked up from Joann’s. I liked the color block addition so much that I decided to incorporate it into this dress also. Since it gets so hot and humid in South Carolina, I chose to make this version sleeveless. I followed Lauren’s tutorial for binding the armholes with bias tape and I used my handmade bias tape for the neckline using the tutorial from the Laurel pattern. For a novice sewist like me, I really like the way both these turned out and I definitely see more Laurels in my future!

Summer Version Colette Laurel Back View Colette Laurel

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  2. HI Jeri, I hope you are doing well. Since you and I found out, during the Hummingbird sew along, that we have similar shapes, I thought I would check to see if you had made Laurel. I know I’m way late to the game with that pattern. LOL But I think I will buy it since it’s on sale. I’ve almost bought it several times. Have you made it since the above dresses? I think it would make a cute top too.

  3. Hey Ginger, things are well just haven’t been sewing as much lately as I’m getting ready for my oldest son’s wedding in October. I ended up making 4 Laurels and can say they are super comfortable and easy to sew. The one thing I did have to modify is the back darts. Because I am soooo pear shaped, the back darts needed to be increased to make the waist a bit more shaped. Other than that, I pretty much sewed as the pattern stated. Let me know if you decide to sew, I would like to see your results!

    • Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. Are you making your dress?
      Thanks for the Laurel information. My youngest will be in preschool, after Labor Day, this year so I’ll have more sewing time, I hope. Would you like to meet for lunch one day?

      • Even though I probably should have made it, I bought my dress from Nordstrom’s because the wedding is formal and I needed a floor length dress with sequins. I didn’t want the added stress since there was already such to do! Lunch would be great. Tuesdays are my least busy day so let me know what works for you and we can get together!

      • Your dress sound beautiful. Tuesdays work for me. I’ll email you around the end of August or first of September.

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