April Challenge #1: A Belated Valentine’s Macaron

Are you noticing a theme yet? I get really ambitious with my sewing projects and then realize I still have a 40-hour a week job and life obligations. Oops.

Anyway, I started this Macaron back in February, intending it to be a dress for a Valentine’s Day date with the beau. I ordered my fabric from Mood in late January, but there were some shipping mix-ups and I wound up having to pick up the fabric directly from my local post office, which has insane hours and I can never seem to make it there before or after work.

I got the fabric the week of Valentine’s Day, and nearly finished it all in 2 evenings when I ran out of bias tape for the neck and arm holes. V-Day came and went, and my almost-finished dress just sat on my dress form and stared at me. There were some minor tweaks that I though about making (the interfacing I used on the waist was meh and one of my front pleats doesn’t exactly line up correctly). But I moved on to other projects. I mentioned it to my friend that got married last week, and she said that I HAD to finish it for her wedding. Well, if it’s for the bride…

Me and the lovely bride. She made this dress with her mom! It's absolutely stunning.
Me with the lovely bride. She made this dress with her mom! It’s absolutely stunning.

The Basics: 

Pattern: Colette Patterns Macaron

Fabric: 2 yds of a glorious garnet cotton sateen from Mood (I’d been eying it for months) and 1 yd of lace from Fashion Fabrics Club

Alterations: Lopped off the sleeves. I finished the neck and the arm holes with bias tape due to the sheerness of the lace. I cut a straight 16, but I should have tapered to a 14 at the waist and hips [scribbles down notes].

Notions: Thread and zipper.

Not quite as matchy as I'd like, but I don't think people will be looking too closely at my armpit.
Not quite as matchy as I’d like, but I don’t think people will be looking too closely at my armpit.

Make it again?: Yup. I have a fun and a dressy version complete. Now I want to make a casual and a work-friendly version. Maybe with an A-line or a pencil skirt? I forgot to add the length to the bodice. I need to add that to my notes for next time.

Favorite parts: Aside from my previous gushing over the lovely bodice, I adore the way these fabrics compliment each other. I really want to use my scrap fabric to make a few accessories, like a bow belt, a clutch, and some shoe clips.

Other thoughts: I’m just really, really happy to have this project done. It was bugging me all of March. I really like the sleeveless option on this dress. It makes construction super quick (aside from a 2 month break in-between sittings:P). I nixed the pockets on this version, but I wish I hadn’t. They really are quite handy.

front - macaron

Hanging with the beau. At least it worked for one of our dates!
Hanging with the beau. At least it worked for one of our dates!

 

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