Completed Project: The Colette Parfait Maxi Dress
The Colette Parfait dress has always been one of my favourite patterns, so when I discovered that the lovely Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow made a Colette Parfait into a gorgeous maxi dress, I fell even more in love with the pattern and decided to make my own version. Thank you, Gillian, for inspiring me!
My second, red version, earned me a place in Colette’s ‘Featured Seamstress’ hall of fame in 2011!
This time I wanted a nice summery print, so I chose this Alexander Henry ‘Sparrow’ pink and brown fabric, and I needed 3.5 metres of it which was rather pricey at £40, but I am thrilled with the dress so it was definitely worth it. I’m more than happy to use quilting cotton for some dresses – I like the fact that it is a little bit more sturdy and hardwearing than your average dressmaking fabric. Plus, there is such a wonderful variety of tempting prints out there!
The pattern alteration was pretty simple, and I let the width of the fabric dictate the width of the hem at the bottom of the dress. If I’d have just followed the lines of the original skirt pattern, I’d have been totally swamped! I’m 5’10″ so I found I needed to add on an extra 24″ to get the right length for me. It is extra-long and comes below my ankle, but I like it that way. It preserves the option of me wearing heels underneath, although I’m pretty sure I’ll be mainly opting for my Birkenstocks!
I needed to cut a larger size this time round, as the bust and midriff on my two older versions are too tight now that I’m a breastfeeding Mummy! This dress is a good choice for feeding though because of the otherwise-useless button straps (I say ‘otherwise useless’ because the button straps are a decorative feature of the dress: its main fastening is a side zipper). I used some really blingy sparkly buttons which had been in my Great Aunt’s button collection. I never thought I’d use them, ever, but most of my other buttons just seemed too muted by the busy print of the dress. You can’t really tell just how sparkly (aka tacky) these buttons are on these photos, but maybe that’s for the best!
I am really pleased with this (do I say that in every blog post?!), and am very much looking forward to wearing it when the weather gets warmer. It WILL get warmer.
Thank you to my husband for being my photographer, and bonus points to Little Tweedie for photobombing nearly every single picture! Now, whilst we’re on the subject of photography, my last two blog posts included very dodgy camera photos of my finished projects, so whilst I had hubby’s help, I got him to take a better picture of each dress:
See you all again soon!