Oh my goodness, my Colette ‘Laurel’ pattern has arrived and it’s looking good!!!

It’s arrived!! I’ve taken the plunge after reading so many glorious reviews for the ‘Laurel’ dress by Colette I decided to buy it and make my own….

It’s not just the dress that looks to be a gorgeous design…oh no, the pattern and instruction booklet is a work of art in itself and like nothing I’ve seen before!! Just look at what you get….

For those of you new to Colette patterns (like me), I’ll explain why I’m so impressed…. I had no idea how the pattern was presented, being a total newbie to independent pattern designs and makers. Having recently decided to start sewing again…clothes I mean…I’ve spent a lot of time pouring over what’s out there pattern wise. I was quite shocked at how pricey patterns are now….the McCalls, Burda, Simplicity types….£8.00 plus!! Still I find there’s a lot of unhelpful information printed on the pattern instructions, sometimes not greatly proof read either! However, these are not to be scoffed at as there’s some fab designs out there on the more commercial front. However, a lot of these patterns are American or Spanish and don’t always read so well….and by that I mean some of the sewing terms used may not be ones I’m familiar with…. there’s the entire page of Spanish instructions on one of the patterns I have which is just a distraction and waste of paper to me!! hmm, it’s complicated before I’ve even picked up a pair of scissors!!

Enter Colette patterns!! Presented in a beautiful booklet form, and I mean beautiful, with instructions with ‘Tips’

and ‘definitions’

How about that heh?? there’s even a ‘notes’ section at the back for making your own, well, notes!

And the pattern itself, tucked in a pocket!!!
There’s help on customising your own fit…..

Now can you see why I think these patterns are just beautiful? I had no idea!! Clearly I still have to make the dress but as a beginner/advanced beginner (lapsed) it makes a huge difference if I feel more confident after looking at a pattern rather than….err, what was the word???? that’s it….confused!!!

To top this off (as if it really could be topped off), the lovely Susan from Sewbox is including a free gift with all pattern orders in June AND entry to a prize draw for a copy of the Great British Sewing Bee book! And this was my free gift…..

Aren’t they divine?? Turquoise heart buttons. I love collecting buttons…what would you use these for I wonder?

I’ll keep you posted with progress on the dress!

Hope you all enjoy a glorious sunny weekend whatever you’re up to??!!
Kate x

2 thoughts on “Oh my goodness, my Colette ‘Laurel’ pattern has arrived and it’s looking good!!!

    • Gosh, I haven’t actually made this yet! I bought some gorgeous fabric but it’s definitely a summer number as the fabric is very lightweight…so I’ve left this for spring to make in time for summer (well, that’s the plan!) Have you made a Laurel dress? Kate x

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