The Peony isn't one of my favorite patterns by Colette due to the skirt. Aesthetically speaking, it just doesn't inspire me. It's too 1960's, which isn't my favorite decade. I'm more of a 1940's or 1950's kind of gal. The bodice, on the other hand, is a whole different story as I find the boat neck very elegant and feminine.
I had quite a few fitting issues, which is nothing new with Colette Patterns and my body type. Thankfully, I already knew this would be the case going in to this project because of making the Crepe dress a while ago. Due to that past experience the muslin making of this bodice was a lot less of a hassle.
I love sewing by hand. I just popped in a movie, my cat came up and napped next to me, and I was in hand sewing heaven. I feel very bizarre being one of those people who is undaunted and looks forward to hemming a full circle skirt by hand.
Due to a combination of time constraints and wanting to possibly play with embellishments on the dress, I decided to not make the belt that came with the pattern. When I put the finished dress on my husband said he wanted to see me wear it with a gold belt so I'll either be on the look out for the perfect gold belt at thrift stores, or I'll make one. Ironically enough, when he said that we were watching Elizabeth with Cate Blanchet and it was during the coronation scene. He decided the best belt for the dress would be one that looked like her coronation necklace. I figure it might take awhile to save up a small fortune to afford something like that. In the mean time, I do have a couple of belts I really like with the dress. The zebra one being my favorite.
|Pardon the goofy shot. I was using my self-timer, and it caught me mid-prep. Then my camera proceeded to die. This is the only decent shot with the zebra belt.|
Sustains and Improves
-For the future I'm thinking about getting a sloper out of this bodice as this is the closest I've come to a perfectly fitting bodice. I'd like to tinker just a touch more to get it really spot on. Maybe it's time for me to finally work all the way through Fit For Real People.
-After trying the dress on I realized that the solid red is a great canvas for embellishment opportunity. In particular I'd like to do something with the joining ruffle seam at the skirt bottom to make it look more intentional. Any ideas?
-I'd love to make this dress with a pleated skirt or dirndl skirt. I love how the bodice can go with multiple skirt styles, and I'd like to play with the neckline shape of the bodice some too. I just don't know if I'll ever make the dress with the original skirt it calls for. We shall see.
Working with this pattern was a pleasant surprise, and a very enriching experience for my first project after a long stint of no sewing. It was a good review, just challenging enough, and I learned a lot about trusting myself and the pattern. Certain spots in the creation process made the dress fit weird, and I had to trust the changes I'd made would work out once everything was finished. When it all came together at the end it was brilliant, and I am so happy with the finished dress.