The Colette Laurel

I am extremely excited about how this project turned out! After I bought this pattern + fabric (literally the same day) Erin of Sewbon posted her Colette Laurel.. she made it out of a beautiful white dotted swiss (I think?) and I freaked out– should I have done something more subtle?! Her version was so gorgeous, and it made me so nervous to sew mine out of such a vibrant print and color.. But I continued with my plan and came to the conclusion that, yes, it can be sewn out of all kinds of different fabrics and prints!
Let me start by saying that I love Colette patterns. They are super well-written and I love how much I have learned through sewing her patterns. If you haven’t already, you should check out their blog, The Coletterie– its chock full of great sewing information!
With that being said, I had to adjust the size quite a bit because of my body shape. I cut a 4 in the top and graded out to in between an 8 and a 10 through the hips. It fits like a glove (in a good way) and was super easy to adjust. This is a shift dress that actually has some form– so THAT is a great thing! Instead of using binding on the neckline, I used a small facing and like how it looks.
Colette Laurel //
Colette Laurel //
Colette Laurel //
Colette Laurel //
Colette Laurel //


  1. It’s beautiful! In a sea of non-fitted sewing patterns (AKA mommy tunics as I affectionately call them), Collette’s designs really stand out. Don’t get me wrong; I am a mommy. So the mommy tunics come in handy. But sometimes you need to show some curves. amirite?! ;)

  2. Gorgeous! You do vibrant prints so well.

  3. This looks amazing! I always love your fabric choices.

  4. Changing fabric selection can certainly change the look of the garment. I loved Erin’s clean classic look but your fabric selection brought fun to the Laurel. As always your dresses are always well sewn and well fitted.

  5. So pretty! I’ve loved this pattern and one day I will get around to sewing one!

  6. Caroline! This is AMAZING! That print is fantastic and this dress looks like it fits perfectly on you!

  7. Thanks for mentioning that you had to use two sizes – I have a feeling that’ll be true for me too when I make it.

  8. I love the print! Great job and now I really want this pattern! What to do with the tens of patterns that still wait to meet fabric?!

  9. I think the fabric you picked is perfect for the Laurel. I love it! You have inspired me to sew another one!!!

  10. Hello Hottie!!! Can you make all my clothes for me? m,kay thanks! hahha

  11. This is GORGEOUS! Love the fabric and it looks so modern but also vintage. Great job, girl! xo!

  12. Also, YOU look stunning! (big difference between saying that about the dress and you :-))

  13. I just love this! It looks great on you, and the bold print suits both you and the pattern. Beautiful!

  14. Looks great! I love the fabric – just looking at it makes me feel all smily and summery : )

  15. I can’t wait to be able to sew up dresses/skirts as good as you!

  16. LOVE this fabric choice with this pattern – you have done a great job. I’ll be interested to know how this fabric wears, is it just cotton? I couldn’t tell on the fabric link, apart from quilting fabric. I made a couple of summer skirts out of Amy Butler quilting cotton a few years back and they don’t seem to like constant washing – happy to have found your blog.

  17. This is beautiful! I’m going to check this pattern out… Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. That dress is the perfect between seasons look for us gals in The South!

  19. I loveeeee this dress!!! It’s beautiful! What’s the name of this fabric?

  20. I LOVE your version of the Laurel! I was drawn to this pattern myself but like you, I prefer big, bold prints, I’m so pleased to see how FAB it looks in this fabric. Great work!

  21. I swear I saw this dress or something really similar in Brooklyn this weekend. But I didn’t get to go into the shops since my husband was with me. I can never shop for clothes with him!

  22. Chrissy says:

    I’m about to start my FIRST Colette Laurel this week! This will be only my second dress I’m making for myself and I have read from you and SewCharleston that the pattern needs to be adjusted to size and I’ve never done this before! Any tips or advice you can give me? Thanks!

  23. Hello Caroline,
    I used this fabric to make a duvet cover for my daughter’s room. I’m looking for 2 additional yards to make pillows. Do you, by any chance, have any extra fabric left from this sewing project? Or would you mind sharing where you purchased the fabric so I can check with them?

    Thanks so much!

    • says:

      Hi Meghan- I don’t have any left over and the shop I bought it at doesn’t either (i used to work there and know its all gone)… have you tried just google searching it? sometimes random shops online or on etsy will have a bolt of it! good luck!

      • Caroline,
        Thanks for your reply. I ended up finding 2 yards through Hawthorn Threads. I’m all set. Thanks again.



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