The Colette Laurel pattern is a simple basic design and very easy to sew. I LOVE Japanese designs and fabrics and have fun making simple things look interesting. For my fabric I chose a navy blue polyester petal chiffon with a Micheal Miller solid navy cotton.
To prep my poly petal chiffon I started by making my own design by drawing a continuous wavy line on to the dress pattern itself and then traced the bottom half of the dress and used that as my poly petal chiffon pattern. While cutting out the dress pattern out of cotton I also transferred the same wavy line the the fabric so later on I would be able to know where to applique the chiffon to.
Before I sewed the poly chiffon to the dress, I started sewing the rest of the dress starting with the darts. I liked that the Laurel had only 4 darts because it is a really simple design and the darts really make it more fitted without it looking like a sack dress. After I sewed the darts I sewed the shoulder seams and side seams. I then sewed the sleeves onto the dress. The Laurel sleeves were very basic and to spice them up a bit I altered the sleeve pattern into more of a puff sleeve. I was also inspired by the other Colette pattern called the “Macaron” and wanted a similar sleeve so I made a slit in the middle of it. I also layered the sleeve with the poly petal chiffon with the cotton. .
Next, to apply the chiffon to the rest of the dress, I used my wavy line that I transferred to the dress as a guide to pin the chiffon to the dress. After pinning I top stitched it to the dress, sewing on the top on the wavy line. After that I hemmed it and finished the neckline with a bias tape made out of the same cotton fabric.
This dress pattern does call for a zipper but the garment was so loose fitting in the waist that I didn’t even need to sew one in!