In the October/November issue of Sew News, we took you inside the dynamic, inspiring workspace of Colette Patterns. Based in Portland, what started as a one-woman, kitchen-based company in 2009 has grown into a beloved pattern company. Known for its classic shapes and vintage details, Colette Patterns are decidedly wearable and modern. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information and bonus content related to one of our favorite Colette Patterns, the Laurel Dress.
If you’re looking for the perfect basic dress, the Laurel is for you. Perfect in a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print (from stripes to plaids to large-scale repeats), this chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. This simple design can be transformed for so many different looks, just in fabric selection alone. Try it in this season’s hottest fabric, velvet, for an upscale look perfect for upcoming holiday parties. Sew it in tweed for a cozy fall basic with vintage flavor, or rayon for a slinkier effect with drape. Or opt for double gauze and throw on some layers for the cooler months.
This week, we’re all about the extras. And, oh, the many versions built into the pattern. From the Colette Patterns website: Version 1 includes yardage and instructions for underlining, so you may use sheer or lace fabrics. Version 2 includes menswear-style patch pockets. Version 3 features classic 1960s style gathered cuffs. Version 4 is an easy pullover blouse with no closures.
For even more customization options, download the free Laurel Extras Digital Booklet from ColettePatterns.com. From ruffles to keyholes to pockets, this dynamic guide will help you take your Laurel and make it your own so you can truly make the most of this wardrobe builder.
Stay tuned for next week when we’ll share tips for sewing this dress up in knit fabric, just in time for the stretch velvet craze!