A Vintage Christmas Colette Macaron

12 Dec

This is my second version of Colette Pattern’s Macaron dress although the first, which you can see here, was really a wearable muslin. For this version I finally got to use this lovely vintage cotton floral twill I found at a cool vintage fabric store just off Brick Lane, simply called The Shop.

Image via thevintageguidetolondon.com

Every Thursday they get new deliveries, and while it’s not as cheap as a charity shop find (they specialise in fabric not clothing) there is plenty to hunt through and it’s still quite reasonable.This was a 3 yard length although very narrow (35in) and it cost £6.50.

I wasn’t sure what t0 do with it but I think the vintage feel of Colette Patterns make a nice fit and I needed something nice but still warm and comfortable for Christmas Day. The red and green of this print don’t shout Christmas but sort of give it a subtle nod, like Joni Mitchell’s River*, not a Christmas song as such but it sure evokes the season.

 I made a number of changes with this version:

  • I kept the FBA in tact (detailed FBA posts here and here) but I shortened the darts under the bust by one inch.
  • Lowered the neckline by 5/8in as I felt a little choked by the high neck.
  • I had a problem of the bodice pieces not matching at the side seams of the last version so I adjusted the edges to make sure they were exactly the same length.
  • I widened the midriff band to 3 1/2in.
  • Made the skirt wider. I love the tulip shape of the original but I wanted something looser and longer for this to be a winter version.
  • Lastly I lengthened the sleeves to elbow length and added a cuff inspired by Adey’s version of Vintage Simplicity 3074 on the Sew Weekly.

And in the end it’s the little things I love most about this dress, the cuffs, the pockets set into the pleats and the sweetheart bodice. I’m so glad I gave it another go and now I have something to wear for my very first English Christmas!

*Any excuse to include a little Joni.

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25 Responses to “A Vintage Christmas Colette Macaron”

  1. Sølvi December 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I love the details of this dress too! Especially the cuffs. Cute! It really is such a pretty wintery dress! And I try to sneak in River if I perform anything around Christmas time. I love that tune!

  2. Law December 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Ooh i love the new sleeve, that dress looks really cute and really comfy, perfect for Christmas day dinner eating!

  3. tinygoldenpins December 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I want to skate away on your dress. Thanks for mentioning “River” on this gray morning. Also, I would give anything to have a thrift shop devoted to fabric, or even a tiny portion of it. There’s nothing like it here in North Carolina that I know of.

    Again, gorgeous pairings!

  4. Roisin Muldoon December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    How beautiful! My Macaron is one of my favourite makes and you’ve inspired me to have another go at it. Happy first Christmas in England, my dear! x

  5. andreahg December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    My Macarons are my favorite summer dress and I was wondering what to do about winter ones. I love yours so much that I will have to copy your neckline change and the sleeve/cuff treatment.

  6. Linda Jones December 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I really admire your drafting skills for plus-size adjustments. I have similar issues, though mostly of the pear variety, which generally discourage me from sewing for myself. Since ready-to-wear is not a real solution, I’m resolved to give it a go, as soon as real life gets out of my way.

  7. dollardressfriday December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I love it. I’m about to start my first Collette pattern soon and am slightly nervous. Was it simple to follow?

    • lazystitcher December 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Really simple. Colette & Sewaholic both have the best instructions. Good luck!

  8. Brumby December 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Oh yay, I’ve been awaiting this post since your sneak peak the other day! Love the fabric, looks like a delightful treasure trove of a shop. The one in Auckland has closed now apparently, Selvedge, such a shame. And of course there is nothing like that in CHC! Cool to see also the practical application of your pins, your much more disciplined than I, I just randomly pin thinking I’ll one day use the ideas but nearly never do, must remedy this!

  9. prttynpnk December 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Ok, thats it- I’m printing this out and following your directions for one for me- that is too cute!!

  10. Cynthia December 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    This came out beautifully, my favorite version of this dress. I want to put that little cuff on all of my sleeves.

  11. Suzy December 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    It’s a gorgeous dress, I love the fabric choices. You look fantastic.

  12. Crystal December 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I love what you did with the sleeves

  13. Debi December 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Another fabulous garment! I have been eyeing the macaron for awhile and this post just might be the push I need to get it! Your version is so lovely!

  14. liza jane December 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I love the extended sleeve with the cuff! Such a great detail. I like the subtlety, too.

  15. Laura McCalman (@aweedyseadragon) December 13, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    I just placed my purchase for this pattern! I saw your first try and had to give it ago myself and then you post your second attempt and it looks just as lovely!

    I never considered a FBA because I always thought I had more of a broad back and avg bust, but always ended up with dress way way to big for me in the shoulders and bust when I made them to my bust size.

    But thanks to your tutorial I see its exactly what i need to be doing. When ever i read about FBA’s none of them mentioned the most important step, measuring your upper bust and matching that to the pattern. I seemed to totally miss that step and couldn’t work out where to find this magical listing of for upper bust on the pattern. Now i get it!

    I noticed you needed to grade the back up, did you just fill in the missing space or do a back adjustment? http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00103.asp

    I’m learning so much about fit at the moment I can’t believe how much there is to do before you even begin sewing!

    PS: I found your blog about two days ago and haven’t stopped reading since(to catch up), you have really inspired me to make more effort with my sewing!

    • lazystitcher December 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      So glad you’re enjoying it :)

  16. didyoumakethat December 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Have you heard James Blake’s cover of ‘A Case Of You’? It’s really gorgeous. Great dress! I do love that pattern and really should buy it.

    • lazystitcher December 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Just googled it and heard the live version – stunning!

  17. Mariana December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I really like what you did! love the sleeves, the colors and it fits you really well. I don’t have this pattern but have been eyeing it for a while, maybe you’ll be guilty of this buy! : ) cheers,

  18. Suzie December 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Love it! Especially your cuffs – too cute!
    And wow, what a shop…oh to have something similar to that near me…..sigh!

  19. Janice December 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I love that Joni Mitchell song. It always makes me think of the holidays, and I think that song is way underrated.

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