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Me Made May ’13 Day One

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Today is the start of the Me Made May ’13 Challenge and I was up bright and early this morning to have Eric take a photo before I left for work. This dress is made from Colette’s Peony Pattern and was actually the first dress I ever made.

MMM'13-Day 1

When I started sewing during the summer of 2011, I had zero garment sewing knowledge and few sewing skills. After perusing many sewing blogs, a consistent theme was Colette Patterns. Many sewists commented that Sarai’s patterns were easy enough for a beginner but also had ways to customize the garments to keep it interesting for more advanced sewists.

So taking the advice of many bloggers, I jumped into garment sewing with this dress. I learned a lot during the making of this dress, such as how to grade a pattern up, staystitching, bust darts, and installing invisible zippers. Though it is definitely not perfect, the fact that I continue to wear my Peony and get compliments every time I do means it works for me!

About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

4 responses »

  1. That dress looks fantastic on you!! I’m just getting into cloth sewing and I am researching Colette patterns right now (trying to figure out if they’d fit my pear shape body type). But then I came across your blog and I think your dress is one of the best fitting ones out there! I’ve seen many pics of the Peony dress now..

    • Thanks! I will say that I did have to grade up the skirt piece since Colette Patterns only go up to 48 inch hips and my hips are 54. Other than that, the dress was pretty straightforward. I also made it in a green print (click the Me Made May ’13 link at the top of the page to see a photo of that version). Both times I made the Peony, I used fairly stiff fabric to give it shape. I may try a fabric with more drape next time to see if I like the result.

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