Friday, October 8, 2010

Chantilly Dress

Another Colette pattern, this is the Chantilly dress. There are two versions to this dress, I made the first version with lightweight fabric and then a visible lining. I bought the fabric from Joann's, they are both polyester. The outer was on the clearance rack and is some type of chiffon like fabric, the inside is a soft pink poly charmeuse. My reasoning for buying synthetic materials at the time was that I had never worked with a light silk-esque fabric before and was afraid to completely ruin material that was expensive. I think in the long run that the poly fabrics are harder to work with. I have since worked with a silk crepe and did not experience any of the problems I had with this dress fabric. I don't know exactly what it was, but it would just not do what it was supposed to do. I had a lot of problems with the top half, I wrote about this in a previous post.

The gathered portion in the front was crooked, I remember being careful to make it even when I was sewing it, but somehow the fabric wiggled its way into being a mess. I also did not notice this untill the seams were finished and cut, so it was difficult to undo. I somehow managed to fix it, and the end result is ok, but not perfect like I want things to be!

Chantilly is another great one from Colette patterns. I'm so obsessed with Sarai's patterns, she makes everything clear. The patterns have actual measurements and sizes that are close to normal. Sewing is not as scary with her patterns. This dress is so fun to wear, and twirl in. It's swishy, I can't remember the last time I had a swishy dress. I'm sorry for the excessive amounts of Erika pictures, but I really like the pictures my friend Lindsay takes. I was fun to twirl and take pictures.

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  1. I just stopped by as I'm entering all the new blogs for my links page (thanks for submitting yours! ;) and had to comment at how beautiful your Chantilly dress is! I am loving the fabric... And the top picture is sooo cute! :D

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  2. Found you through Grosgrain. Love this dress! Lady Grey is my first Colette pattern but won't be my last. Looking forward to seeing your LG.

  3. What a beautiful dress! You look fabulous in it! I found your blog through the Lady Grey flickr group... and I'm so glad I did! :) It looks like you're making great progress on the Lady, too.

  4. This looks so cute on you! I've been toying with making this dress but wasn't sure it would work on me, but we are similarly built and I absolutely love it on you! Great dress! Another Colette pattern I need to buy.