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 //

31 thoughts on “The 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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!

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


  8. I know I’m super late to this party, but I just had to say I think your fabric choice was perfect. The dress looks very late-60’s retro with that combination of fabric and shape. Love.

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