I have been waiting and waiting for the weather to cool down here in Charleston so I could make another Laurel. Well, it still hasn’t cooled down quite enough, but after seeing the beautiful one SewCaroline just made, I just couldn’t wait any longer.
I used this beautiful quilting weight cotton by Anna Maria Horner. It’s called, Social Climber in Gold, purchased from Hawthorne Threads. I LOVE this fabric! I am working on a Mae top right now out of the Social Climber in Teal. I also really want a skirt out of this fabric, but that might be a little too obsessed! Knowing me, I’ll probably make one anyways 🙂
A lot of bloggers have mentioned that their Laurel was too short. I’m only 5’4 so the length for me is perfect. If you are taller you might want to consider lengthening it.
When I first saw these sleeves, I wasn’t too sure if I liked them. Then, I saw Erin from Sewbon and Caroline from Sew Caroline sporting them and the sleeves suddenly became cute. Funny how that works! I’m glad I gave them a try, because I really do like them.
Were you wondering why I titled this post Laurel/Peony? Notice anything different about the neckline? It’s the Colette Peony neckline! I had nightmare of a time fitting my Peony (which seems to be a common theme). It fits now, but it still has its issues. My favorite detail from the peony pattern was the neckline, so why not put it on another dress that fits me better. This was super easy to do and I am so happy with the result. I remembered my neckline being too high on my first Peony, so I went ahead and cut the front neckline down on this one about a ½ inch. It could still be a tad lower. Like my first Laurel, I also finished this one with a neckline facing instead of the bias tape.
For my first Laurel, I cut a 0 in the bust and sleeves and graded out to the 4 for the waist and hips. The dress is too big for my liking. For this one I cut the pattern pieces down to a 0. It fits a whole lot better!
I can’t wait to wear this dress with some brown boots for the fall! I already have my fabric picked out for my 3rd Laurel. I just need to decide how I can make this one a little different from my 1st and 2nd one. Any ideas?