Colette Violet

After a lot of hesitation I cut into my gorgeous fabric I got for my birthday
I decided to make it into a Colette Violet, one of the patterns I got for my birthday.
I don’t know where my head was at when I decided on the size to cut out, but it must have been lightyears away… I cut a size 12 while my actual size would be a 6… But I think I know where I went wrong.
You see, my actual bustsize is 32″, which would be a size 6. But my RTW European size is 40, so I was looking at the table on the back of the pattern and I saw the number 40 and I must have thought “Oh, so I have to make a size 12”. This didn’t seem odd to me, because I have a Karen Millen dress that fits me perfectly and that dress is a UK size 12… Circumstancial confusion…
Fortunately I made a muslin first, something I usually never do, but because I love this fabric soooo much and I really didn’t want to ruin it and because it cost a lot of money and because there were a lot of sheets left behind in the appartment we just bought, I decided to make a trial version first. I thought it was really big, but it didn’t occur to me that it was not the pattern but me. So I replaced the darts, removed width from the front and removed width from the back, and on top of that I took in the side seams about 4 cm each… I guess there were enough signs there to know something was wrong… I just didn’t see it…
The fabric is gorgeous but a real pain to sew. It is a silk-poly blend, but my machine handled it really really well. (I changed the needle to a 60, and tested different types of stitches to see what worked best. Did I mention I really didn’t want to ruin this fabric?) The only thing that made it really nerve-wrecking was that when I put a pin in or when I was sewing my buttonholes, something happened to the threads of the fabric and I got tiny little white stripes. But you have to be really close by to see it, so it doesn’t really matter.
Too bad for the little white stripes 😦

I inserted three times three buttonholes placed together and used buttons with 3 different shades of the same color. It’s just a small detail, and maybe I’m the only one who notices, but I love it. I got the idea for the grouped buttonholes from the Colette-website, the ombre-effect buttons idea is all mine.

I like the result, it is not the best it could have been, but those who don’t know about my stupidity confusion, won’t notice…

Birthday Bounty

I LOVE my birthday… And this year was a big one. I turned 30 two weeks ago!
Weeks in advance I harassed Mr. Ogre about the plans he may or may not have made, give him not so subtle hints on what I want to do, and more importantly, what I want to get… This year I really outdid myself and sent him an email with a list of things I would like to get with the words: “This is just a guideline, if you had another idea, that’s great too.” That and a constant nagging that I wanted a fun day. This really freaked him out a bit, got him a bit nervous. He thought I expected fireworks and a flash mob, but all I really wanted was a nice day. just the two of us, no work, no phonecalls, no nothing.
And he delivered. It was one of the best birthdays, if not the best EVER!
In the end we had a great day in Bilbao. We had nice weather and Mr Ogre catered to all my desires: good food, thrift shops and fabric shopping. And I got 3 Colette Patterns as a present. LOVE him and his presents!

So now to the good part: my presents

First of all, my brand new gorgeous patterns. Colette Patterns Peony, Violet and Eclair. I especially can´t wait to finish my Eclair, although I am pretty nervous about these, because I have never ever before owned such beautiful patterns.

I am actually nervous about starting on these. I decided that Violet is going to be the first pattern to be made. I already traced every pattern piece (I really don´t want to cut into the original pattern) and tomorrow I´m heading to the market to buy some a whole lot of cheap fabric to make a trial version, because here is the fabric that I am going to use for the “real” version.

 A gorgeous lightweight poly/silk blend with little birds (they´re about 2.5 cm high each) bought on my birthday-outing in a fabulous fabric store in Bilbao, Rafael Matías (a store I discovered by perusing through this blog). The best fabric store in a 200 km radius (maybe even a bigger radius, I haven´t really investigated yet).

Other fabric I bought there:

 In real life colours, this uses the same palet as the fabric above, and this will be used for the Eclair.

This one is heavier than the other two, this will be used for the Peony, making the contrasting waste band with the “wrong” side of the fabric

Plaid shirting, soon to become a shirt for Mr Ogre, using this pattern McCalls 6044

All I have to find is some pearl snaps to use as buttons and I am good to go.

What projects are you working on right now, or what do you want to make next?

Check back soon, ´cause I will be posting some of my previous sewing adventures soon…