Friday, March 22, 2013


So... I'm not breaking any news by telling that Colette patterns newest pattern is a little shift dress. I have to admit that my first thought was of disappointment. It is a really simple design, after all. And a shift dress? I never wear a shift.
Image from the Coletterie
But I have to say the idea of it grew on me. I never wear shift dresses because they never fit me. If they fit in the shoulders, then I cant pull the dress down over my hips. So I actually do not know if a shift could be a good style for me. I like to showcase and define my waist, but the idea of a more freeflowing garment is very attractive from a comfort point of view. I also quite like the idea of this dress being a blank canvas. I like clothes with simple lines and fun details and this pattern offers me just this. It is the perfect pattern for creative embelishment.

So I ordered a copy. A paper copy, despite the offensive shipping costs, because I avoid having to spend an hour taping together a zillion paper pieces if I don't have to. And a Colette pattern is such a pretty object in itself... It was shipped today, so I probably have a couple of weeks to scheme while the pattern travels from the other side of the world. I have this idea of combining appliqué and cut-out to create a pattern in a contrasting color at the neckline.

I see this as an experiment in style. I'm actually quite curious to see if I can pull of a shift dress, when it actually fits. We'll see!


  1. I'm excited to see your finished result! I'm sure it will be lovely considering that everything you make turns out that way. I felt the same way when I first saw this pattern though, slightly disappointed that it was "just" a shift dress because I think of them as kind of boring and definitely unflattering on most body types, but you did make me reconsider it a bit. And I have to admit, I do like the alternating vertical/horizontal stripes they did with their version.

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing yours, too! I pounced on the pattern because I love anything with a youthful, '60's vibe, but once I downloaded it, I started to panic a little. I'm pretty rectangular, so this might not look great on me, and I'll have to be careful with my fabric choices to make sure it doesn't look like a nightgown. But it really is a classic, sweet look, so I'm excited to see finished Laurels pop up on blogs!