Colette – Laurel

While the weather is still rather temperamental, it is a bit warmer now, and that means I can finally use the sewing room. Okay, to be honest I could have used it before, but I’d have to drag the electric heater in there, and for a spot of evening sewing that just doesn’t happen – by the time the rooms warmed up sufficiently, I’m ready for bed most times.

But with a four day weekend, I was intent on finally making use of it. I even found a second screw to secure my chair seat, so I wouldn’t fall off the chair and break my neck – win!

Last week, Colette Patterns released Laurel, and while I’ve admired a lot of their patterns, and even own a few, I’ve never made anything but a Sorbetto top – which didn’t fit me very well, and I’ve not gotten around to fix the pattern. I’m thinking I might do that soon, though …

Laurel is a cute little pattern that can be made into a dress or top, and with the fitting issues from Sorbetto in mind, I decided I’d make the top first.

I had this rather weird teal poly-cotton with textured stripes in my stash, and I’ve been looking for a pattern for it for quite a while. Laurel seemed to fit the bill, and indeed it does work rather well, I think.

Things were going fairly well with my first version – there was some gaping in the back neck line, but thanks to the back center seam, it was no problem to fix that by taking the seam in 1.5 inches.

Sadly, though, when I set about to press the seam open, I accidentally switched the temperature on my iron to highest, and promptly melted a hole in the fabric 😦 Go me.

There was just enough of the fabric left to make a second version, and that gave me the opportunity to fix a few minor fitting issues – the gaping back neckline by taking out 1.5 inches at the top of the back center seam, tapering to nothing roughly at waist height.

I also lowered the neck-side of the shoulder seams by a bit less than an inch, as they were standing up a little bit in the first version.

Colette - Laurel front
Colette – Laurel front

The back would probably benefit from a little bit more tampering with the shoulder seams and armscye, there’s a teensy bit of wrinkling there, but not enough to really bother me.

Colette - Laurel back
Colette – Laurel back

The only thing I’m not entirely sure about is the sleeve length, which hits just at my elbows. I kinda like it, though … maybe I get used to it.

And just for giggles, here’s one shot of my litte herb-garden-in-the-making. The birds have ripped out a couple of baby tomatoes and chilies, but it looks like it was more of an exploratory action and they decided they’re not appealing to eat. Phew. I’m sure there will be many other takers once the sun comes out for good …

Future herb garden
Future herb garden
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Author: kokorimbaud

Love all things vintage, especially knitting from the victorian era through to the swinging twenties.

8 thoughts on “Colette – Laurel”

  1. I’ve going to make up the dress – I’m curious, is the top just a shortened version of the dress or a different pattern? I’m loathe to put together two PDF patterns if I don’t need to!

      1. LOL it’s not like taping pieces of paper together is hard but we all whinge about it all the same. I really like the top, it’s simple yet the 3/4 sleeves & neckline are just perfect.

    1. Yeah, the simple yet classic construction is exactly what drew me to this pattern – I might even attempt a dress! It just looks so comfy and pretty put together at the same time, I can see it working well in high summer temperatures.

  2. That turned out really well! You’re making me take a second look at the Collette patterns. I’ve not had a ton of success with those patterns but thought the Laurel was a cute top. I wish Craftsy would offer a class on back/shoulder/armhole fitting. That is really the hardest! Yours looks good though.

    I’m glad you’ve still got a few sprouts left from the birds of opportunity! A girl needs her chilies and tomatoes!

    1. I have adored their patterns for ages, but most of them just don’t really work with my body type. Here’s finally one that caters for the … more mid-riff-centric lady, shall we say? I can only recommend this one, it’s fast and easy and well constructed!

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