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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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