Sunday, August 26, 2012

Completed: Macaron

THIS. 

This is the reason I learned how to sew.




See the invisible zipper? No? Good! I FINALLY learned how to do it!





Pattern: Colette Patterns Macaron
Fabric: Linen/Cotton blend - navy solid, pattern by Dena Designs (available for purchase here)
Cost/Time: Lots

Modifications: This dress required extensive alterations to fit my frame. The effort was TOTALLY worth it. There's an illusion that I've got curves! The only other modification I made was to do a standard narrow hem instead of blind-stitched.

Thoughts: I could not possibly be happier with this dress. Could. Not. Possibly. It's the first time I've completed something for myself that I'm 100% pleased with and will wear again. The fabric is high quality and classic. This will be a wardrobe staple.

The pattern was so easy to follow. Each time I use Colette patterns it's like a mini-sewing lesson. 

The only complaint I have is that the pattern called for the same amount of fabric for all sizes. I cut a size 4 on 54" fabric and had a WHOLE YARD left over. Not a big deal except that it's $20 a yard. 

There's not much else to say except IT FEELS SO GOOD to have a nice dress that FITS!

(Side note: There aren't really any pictures of the back. Ryan was my photographer, and when I sat down to edit this post I noticed that my facing was sticking up in the back in all the pictures. "Why didn't you tell me?" I asked. "I thought it was supposed to look like The Fonz," he replied.)


**You can track my Macaron progress here**


46 comments:

  1. your sewing skills are amazing, it gits perfect, I'm loving the blues

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    1. Thank you! For some reason I always gravitate to navy.

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  2. wow! great dress. I love the fabrics you chose

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  3. I'm so glad you got it done before Labor Day! Now, you just need to wear it everyday this week! :) You definitely have the "fashion blogger" face down pat! Your hair is also looking really good! :) xoxo

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    1. Ryan asked if I was going to add any red. Maybe I'll put a red belt with it for Labor Day. Haha - do you like my "I'm trying not to look like I'm posing but what am I supposed to do with my face okay I'll just pretend to look at something ove here" look?

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    2. yes! that is what all the cool fashion bloggers look like, so I think that must be what they are doing too. I always wonder what is so interesting about the ground! :)

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  4. Great dress! love the colors and fabric you chose

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  5. Great job!! No zipper showing there at all! I have not attempted a zipper. At all. Still just working on my straight sewing skills. Hehehe... Maybe someday!

    I get frustrated with odd amounts of scrap fabric left too. So far I've been able to get by without much left or find something to use it with. I do still have quite a bit though.

    Take care,
    Dee

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    1. Thanks, Dee! Zippers are tough for me. This is the first time I've gotten it right.

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  6. Oh, goodness. It's amazing and you look beautiful in it. Perfect. Really. It makes me want a dress that's perfect for me. I love everything about it. Your persistence and hard work paid off. You should be very, very proud of yourself.

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    1. Thanks, Emilee. It's amazing what one little dress can do to make a girl feel good! I'm convinced you could ROCK adult sewing. The eye you've got for detail . . . You'd be great at it.

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  7. You did such a fantastic job! It's perfect on you and so well made.

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  8. Yay! I'm jumping up and down for you - I"m so glad you ended up with a garment you LOVE! Now to make more, MOAR! More beautiful clothes to make getting dressed everyday more fun!

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    1. Gillian, your comments have been so kind! You're right - it does make dressing more fun to have nice, well fitting things.

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  9. Absolutely stunning. The fabrics are gorgeous, and the dress fits you perfectly. WOW times 1000. Congratulations.

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  10. BEAUTIFUL! BEAUTIFUL! BEAUTIFUL! I love this version so much!! The colours are just gorgeous on you and the fit is absolutely fabulous! Congratulations! You've done a marvellous job!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I have enjoyed the sew-along so much!

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  11. Oh my word, Michelle! This is SO cute! I think I need to buy the pattern for myself right now. You did such a great job, and it looks fabulous on you!

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  12. This is simply GORGEOUS!!! It fits you perfectly, and your fabrics are stunning. Love love love this dress on you. ~Suzanne (http://winterwonderingswanderingswhatnot.blogspot.com)

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  13. Fantastic job! And so wonderful that you love it too. I know how hard that is when making something wearable for yourself. It looks terrific. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  14. This is such a beautiful dress! The fit is great and it looks lovely on you!

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  15. I love this dress! I hope you don't mind, I talked about it in my blog post today. Thank you for inspiring me! Come on over and see for yourself! http://sewingourlifetogether.blogspot.com/2012/09/incredible-pattern-find.html

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  16. This is the best version of Macaroon I have seen! Looks beautiful!

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  17. I LOVE this dress, I have a great love for navy and you did it great!

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    1. Thank you! I'm partial to navy, too.

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  18. This is stunning! Well done - all those muslins were worth it!

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  19. It really really is so good correction it's totally totally impressive. This is the second time I've come back just to admire.

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    1. Ha. I read blogs when I should be sleeping and sometimes I sew.

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  20. I followed you over from KCSC. This is gorgeous. It looks prefect. I love the wider waist band. I wouldn't have thought of that modification but I think the pattern is better that way and if I ever get around to doing this, that is what I would do. This dress is so flattering, you look great! PS. love your bio, I could have written the same thing. Three kids, sewing when I should be sleeping.

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    1. I missed this comment, Aurelie! Thank you so much for your sweet words! (Even if it did take me two months to respond. . . )

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  21. Your macaron is more than a garment... it's a work of ART!!! I love it! And thank you about the Fly Lady comments! You are totally right... I've not been doing her thing EXACTLY, but it gave me the platform to jump off of. So often I'm tired at the end of the day and maybe couldn't keep up with the entire house keeping it straight, but I push myself to get that kitchen clean, because everything else is easier after that! And so glad to find such a great blog find in you, too! (Although, I'm taking a break right now from blogging... so shhh that I left this comment! Ha!)

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    1. Enjoy the rest of your hiatus, Vanessa!

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  22. Your dress is beautiful...and that zipper...WOW :) I need to get my zipper insertion perfected like that! Great job.

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  23. Amazing!! I just saw that you are a runner up for sewvivor and I don't know how I missed this previous post. The dress fits you perfectly!

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