Red October: The Lighthouse Colette Peony Dress
I first made a Peony dress two years ago, in October 2011:
I still really, really love this dress!
Last year I decided to make another Peony dress, this time with cotton instead of satin…
I didn’t really like this version, to be honest. It’s all well-made etc, and fits nicely, and I love the fabric, but there was something about it that I just didn’t like. So much so, that I included it in my list of my top 5 sewing failures of 2012! Poor Peony dress…
But THEN…a few months ago, I suddenly had an urge to wear it again, and I put it on, and I loved it! And since then, I’ve been wearing it pretty much weekly, it’s become one of my favourite dresses!!! How weird is that?!! In light of this, I knew I wanted to make at least one more Peony.
On a recent trip up to the East Yorkshire seaside town of Bridlington, I popped into the lovely Bridlington Sewing Centre and came away with 3 metres of this gorgeous cotton. Like I said in my last Red October post, I’m always on the lookout for red fabrics and I love me some novelty nautical prints…so this was just perfection!
I love the design of the Peony dress. It’s a simple make but so cleverly designed to be shapely, like the curve between the waistline and the hipline of the skirt pieces – so often the centre back seam of a skirt is completely straight, but this is curved to give shape without anyone really noticing (the side seams too). It’s a small detail but so effective.
Although nautical prints are more closely associated with summer, I just couldn’t wait to use this fabric, and of course Red October spurred me on! The Peony is a nice autumn/winter dress. I considered making the longer sleeved version, but decided the short sleeve was better for if I want to wear a cardigan too – less annoying bunching up of the sleeves as you try to pull a cardigan over!
Have you ever made something that you didn’t like, put it aside for ages, then suddenly rediscovered it and loved it?! I’d love to know!