One thing I knew I wanted in The Colette Sewing Handbook from the beginning: A classic shift dress.
Pastille is about as classic as it gets. It could be your favorite little black dress, or just the right simple shape to work with a bold pattern. Can’t you just see it in a bright, large scale floral?
Since Pastille comes in the chapter on fit, it needed to be a fairly simple, tailored shape. But I also wanted it to have some clever, subtle details to play around with. The pretty sweetheart neckline has a small bow, which you can finish with large beads, like I did. For this dress, we used a light peach cotton poplin, and finished the bow with copper colored glass beads.
The hem has some adorable horizontal pleats, and I even show you how to mark them with thread tracing to make them super easy to sew. I’ve always wanted to add this vintage-style detail to a dress. I think it looks especially pretty with prints, actually.
What do you guys think? Any questions about this pattern? I do hope you like it, because it’s one of my favorites right now!
Next week, I’ll share another pattern, and then lots more behind the scenes stuff, including a little video I’m putting together from our photoshoot. It’s pretty silly, and I think you’ll get a real sense for how fun our shoots can be.
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