Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a happy holiday with loved ones.
A little while back, I mentioned that was getting started on a Macaron dress from Colette. Well, I finished it in time for Thanksgiving dinner! I was so happy with how everything lined up for this dress. I bought a fun Marvel print fabric on a whim over the summer. I was at the cutting table at JoAnn’s when I spotted it. Originally, I intended to make a Cambie out of it, but there was only 2 3/4 yards left. So I stashed it, hoping that a pattern would come along. I read about the Macaron through a few other sewing blogs and thought it’d be perfect. The yoke is a great way to balance out the business of the print. Bonus: I had red fabric for the yoke in my stash!
The moment I started sewing this dress I knew I was going to love it. It’s just such a pretty design. I can’t wait to make more versions of this dress for daily wear. I love my Cambie, but Colette patterns are a better “out of the box” fit for me.
Pattern: Colette Macaron
Fabric: 2 yards of Marvel print fabric from JoAnn’s (I plan to use the rest for other DIY projects) and 1 3/4 red quilting cotton that I had in my stash.
Alterations: I added 1 1/2″ to the skirt length. I also did a rolled hem instead of a blind hem. I’ve never used my blind hem foot and opted for something I knew would work and look neat. I may seam rip this and try the blind hem at a later date.
Time: 7-8~ hours
Notions: Invisible zipper
Make it again? Absolutely. The fit of the pattern is absolutely gorgeous. It really accentuates an hourglass shape, but the pleats are a great camouflage for the tummy area. Big perk for consuming Thanksgiving dinner! I’d love to make a few more versions of this dress for work/play. Expect to see a sleeveless version come warmer weather!
Favorite parts: Pockets hidden into the pleats, scalloped sleeves (I thought I’d hate them. I was so wrong!), overall fit.
Other thoughts: I’m happy I wore this to dinner with the fam, but I can’t wait to wear this dress to a con! It’s just so fun.
I did run into a few minor fitting issues. I read on a few blogs that Colette patterns tend to be a bit more fitted, so I sewed a size up. I did have to take it in at a few points, but only a little. The bodice fits a little higher than I normally like, so I’ll add an inch in future dresses. I’ll also add 4-5″ to the skirt length to allow for a proper hem. The hem on this dress is 1/2″ rolled hem, but the pattern calls for a blind hem that takes a full 2″. That would have put this dress at mid-thigh on me, but I prefer my dresses to sit right below my knee. I’m also a giant, so there’s that.
If you haven’t bought an invisible zipper foot, go out and buy one now. Oh man, it makes such a difference and they’re not expensive. My zipper was so neat on this dress. I am a happy, happy camper.