Shannon threw up a challenge for me. To sew up a Laurel Dress by today and blog about it. I can't turn down that!
I saw her post about planning for her dress, and I was pretty struck by the Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns. It's a beautiful shift dress with some beautiful shaping darts, cute sleeves, and a invisible zip. Looked like the perfect Easter Dress to me. Plus I love it when you see that perfect pattern and know exactly what fabric you want to use with it. So I picked up some of this lovely linen polka dot fabric at my local quilt shop. It's really a beautiful fabric and washed up so nicely.
I chose to make View 3 with an underlining. I just used batiste as recommended in the pattern. I'm glad I chose the interlining with this fabric, it really makes it nice and substantial feeling and gives it good body.
I made my own bias tape, which I love doing, it just adds a little something special. This wasn't a quick sew for me. In fact, I think in total I spent about 6 hours from printing the pattern to the finished dress. I guess I'm used to completing a garment in 2-3 hours, but I am really pleased by the overall look and fit of this dress, it's so comfy and yet, not boxy! Love that.
I also did a blind hem on my machine, each time I try a blind hem I mess up, rip it out and redo it, one of these days I'll remember how things go (hopefully!). I love the look of the blind hem though, especially on this type of dress.
Pattern: Laurel by Colette Patterns, available as an instant download or paper pattern
Size: 4, I went off the given measurements, fits perfectly, I made it slightly longer just because I didn't want to feel like it was too short
Other notes: Finished all seams with serger, bias tape neckline, used an underlining as recommended for shear fabrics
Fabric: Linen polka dot purchased at Olive Juice Quilts
Go check out Shannon's Laurel Dress here, she looks amazing in it!!!
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