What came first, the fabric or the pattern?
Well, I guess if you're being technical, the pattern came first. Colette's Peony was released in September 2011 and I bought it immediately. And then I made it in black "poplin"--it was way too light to be real poplin, so thanks Denver Fabrics--and was disappointed by the fit. I still wore it, but I wasn't thrilled with it.
A month or so ago, I was snooping around on the Westminster site and saw Martha Negley's spring line, "Farmington." I loved it immediately. I picked up some olive Feathers from Alewives and found the Peony print at Purl.
Hmm. Peony print. Peony dress. Okay, they were obviously made for each other.
I was nervous and excited while cutting this out last week--I love the print and really couldn't wait for a spring dress in it, but it was so pretty, what if I messed up? I was also experimenting with the sizes, and was afraid I was just going to muck it all up.
Honestly, except for some zipper issues (which I really don't feel like dealing with), it turned out pretty well.
I cut a size 8 in the bodice and a 10 in the skirt, and didn't adjust the seam allowances at all, except the zipper has a 1/2" seam instead of 5/8". I'm still having some poufing in the back--I'm thinking I just need to suck it up and shorten the bodice, but with a cardigan, it shouldn't be an issue. And I always wear a cardigan.
I'm just that kind of girl.
I have about a half-yard of this fabric leftover because I decided not to make a matching belt--I hate belts--so I might make a bag for the shop. I'm not sure. I still haven't received my tags, so nothing is being made for the shop right now.
What do you think? Have you tried the Peony? And am I alone in being disappointed in the spring Colette patterns? Maybe I put too much excitement into them--there was nowhere to go but down--but the thick straps and straight skirts make me think of the juniors' patterns I used to pick up from Simplicity. (Does anyone else remember the Grooves line? This is what comes to mind. I used to buy those like crazy in sixth grade, but I don't think I ever made anything.) I just like a sweetheart neckline, I guess. Which reminds me, before I go, did anyone else get the Sewaholic pattern email this week? I will be presaling the hell out of the Cambie dress. Can't wait!