As you can see, I was heavily influenced by the polka dot version of the dress in the book. But I decided to make mine without the collar or the sleeves. I did that partly because I thought it would make the project sew up faster, and partly because I didn’t feel like the sleeves really worked for me and I didn’t want to figure out how to modify them. I’m really happy with the result.
I made this dress out of a 100% Rayon shirting that I got from Fabric.com. This was my first foray into purchasing fabric online, and I’m pleased with the result. The fabric has a nice drape, yet was easy to work with. It’s light and comfortable to wear, but it does wrinkle a little. I lined the dress with Bemberg Rayon. I’ve found it’s getting easier for me to work with this stuff. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a nice lining fabric. It’s soft against the skin and breathes nicely.
I feel a great sense of accomplishment, having worked through all five of the patterns in The Colette Handbook. If it were not for the sew along, I honestly don’t know if I would have even tried some of these projects. I want to thank Sarah and Erin for hosting Sew Colette and everyone else who was so supportive along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the journey through The Handbook with you, and I hope to see you around the internets again soon!