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MMM14 Week 3 Round Up

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Week three ended up being much cooler than expected so I broke out some hand knitted sweaters. Of course, my love affair with the Colette Mabel pattern hasn’t cooled so I stitched up yet another!


 Thursday, May 15: Colette Mabel skirt, review here


Friday, May 16: Anna Maria Horner embroidered shirt, review here

Saturday, May 17: I worked all day so wore the same as yesterday!


Sunday, May 18: Shalom sweater, Ravelry notes here


Monday, May 19: Juliet sweater, Ravelry notes here


Tuesday, May 20: In House Patterns Cool Cowl Tank, review here


Wednesday, May 21: Colette Laurel dress, review here


The Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge Dress

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I stayed up until midnight to finish but the dress is done! I wore my Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge dress to both church and to see the movie for Mother’s Day. The main fabric is stretch taffeta and the sleeves are chiffon. I used a dress circa 1926 as my inspiration. I liked the color, chiffon sleeves and rosette flowers but drop-waist dresses do not flatter my curvy shape so I opted to make a more straight style shift dress and instead incorporated 1920’s elements.


Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I wanted a feminine dress I could wear to church or out to a nice dinner that would give a nod to the Gatsby era but not scream “costume”! I think my interpretation does the trick. The dress is made from the Colette Laurel pattern with Colette Taffy sleeves. I also added a triangular bit of lace to the bodice as many dresses from this time period included this style element. I wore my spectator pumps from BAIT Footwear to round out the ensemble.



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The chiffon flower was made using a Mother Huddle tutorial with some modifications. Instead of hot gluing the fabric to the felt circle, I hand sewed it. I also sewed a pin to the back so the flower could be removed when I wash the dress. The vintage button in the middle was picked up a couple of years ago at an area sewing “Shop Hop” for about 15 cents.

Chiffon Flower


In addition to learning how to make chiffon flowers, I also learned how to hand sew an invisible hem and insert lace. The dress is by no means perfect, but it is comfortable to wear and fits me pretty well. I definitely plan to wear it again in the future!

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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