This is my third Colette Laurel and by far my most favorite! My first make was out of white eyelet and my second was out of my favorite AMH cotton print, but this royal blue lace tops them all. I purchased it from my local fabric shop, Five Eighth Seams. I underlined it with a cotton I found that happens to match it perfectly. The sleeves are finished out of self made bias from the underlining fabric and stitched down invisibly by hand. I also stitched the hem by hand. I widened the arm holes as shown in this tutorial. Like my second make, I once again changed my neckline to the Colette Peony neckline. I did run into a bit of a dilemma with this dress. I thought I had all the supplies I needed, but when I went to get started I could not find my royal blue invisible zipper. I absolutely did not feel like making a trip out to get a zipper, so I had a thought….maybe I can get by without a zipper? I zipped up one of my Laurels and “lo and behold” I was able to get it on over my head without unzipping it! Yay! I made a size 0 again, but I ended up taking at least 1 1/2 inches off the side seams and can still get it off pretty easily without the zipper. Not sure why this dress is so big on me. Anyone else have this issue?
Wouldn’t this dress make the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit?!?!
If you are local and interested in making your own Colette Laurel….you are in luck! I will be teaching a 4 week class on the Laurel on Wednesday nights starting January 8th. The class will be from 6-8 at Five Eighth Seams. I would love to teach you how to make this great shift dress!