Monday, November 23, 2009
beautiful design from Colette Patterns
Okay, I know that the last time I posted about sewing, it was to complain about commercial patterns. However, we all know that all commercial patterns are not created equal and I have to say, Sarai of Colette Patterns gets it right. In a big way. And I'm a little bundled up here, so you can't fully appreciate it, but trust me, this has been one of my favorite apparel-sewing projects ever. It's so darned satisfying to take the time and make something really beautiful, and Sarai is a genius at fit - because this thing is really beautiful!
This post and shout-out is long overdue, but since I've been hauting her shop's blog and waiting for her new fall patterns to come out (this Friday, Nov 27!), I may as well tell you now that I am SUPER impressed. This is the "Beignet" skirt (they have the cutest names!), still currently available in Sarai's etsy shop and through her blog. Though medium-weight fabrics are recommended for this skirt pattern, I made mine up in bulky herringbone silk suiting (it's constantly mistaken for wool suiting, it's so heavy). The skirt is fully lined, the waistband and button facings are self-lined; even the pockets are lined. The skirt has six panels, twelve buttons, beltloops and a matching belt, and fits like a dream.
I am SOLD! Plus, Sarai's patterns range from 2 (or even 0?) to 18, which is an amazing labour of love to grade all these different sizes. Cruise on over and check out her beautiful designs, if you haven't already! I'll be biting my nails until Friday...