I made the Colette Penny dress over the past week and am so thrilled with this pattern! Penny is a shirtdress with two different styles- shortsleeved with a waistband and gathered skirt or sleeveless with a semi- circle skirt and waist belt. I made the latter.
The fabric I used is a cotton navy and white gingham I picked up at Jo Ann’s. I knew I wanted a dress for summer in this fabric but wasn’t sure what pattern to use when I bought it. It was the end of the bolt and the associate offered me another yard for half price. I’m so glad I decided to get it because I realized months later I had enough for this dress. The buttons I used I found in a Joanns clearance bin last month. I had no idea what I was going to use them for but I liked them. It was meant to be! They are the same gingham as the fabric and have a line of sparkle in them.
This was my last printed pattern of the three I won from Patternsy. It was a good choice because this pattern has a lot of pieces! I definitely do not recommend printing this one at home. I admit that I was putting this project off for quicker makes. I knew this was going to take some time and be more involved than anything else I’ve made in a while. The pattern sewed up very nicely, despite how many steps there were! The only issue I had was somehow my collar stand was too long for the neckline and I had to restitch. It’s less than perfect but it’s okay. I didn’t make any adjustments to the fit and I am happy with it.
This is a wonderful dress for summer and I think I can make it work into the cooler months with a cardigan. I’d love to make the other version but I’m sure it won’t be until next year. I highly recommend this pattern- just be sure to give yourself plenty of time!
Hello! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I just spent 5 days in Antigua. It was so beautiful and a much needed vacation. I spent most of the time on the beach with a book (I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara), sipping on pina coladas. I’m definitely missing that now that I’m back in gloomy, rainy New Jersey. I brought mostly me-made items, so I have a lot to share on here! First up is this New Look 6446 jumpsuit. This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing I’ve ever made! The fit is perfect and it is so comfortable and easy to wear. I want to make more of them asap!
I first saw this pattern last summer when The Crafty Pinup made one and I had been thinking about it ever since. I had purchased this lemon stripe fabric for a dress but realized it would make an amazing jumpsuit. I found the pattern on Amazon prime and made sure to make it before my trip.
Pattern: Simplicity New Look 6446 I made view C.
Was it easy to make? Yes! I had no issues when putting this together. As long as you are comfortable inserting an invisible zipper, this is an easy make.
Pattern Adjustments? I made no adjustments. I did add a ruffle to the straps though! I cut a long piece of fabric somewhere between 1 1/2 and double the size of the strap (I don’t remember exactly). I hemmed one long side and both short sides. I gathered the unhemmed side, folded it over, pinned/adjusted and then topstitched. Repeat for the other side. I hope that makes sense!
Fit? Fit is perfect for me! I made my normal pattern size. I just shortened the length of the pants a little bit when I did the hem.
Fabric choice? I used a blue and white with lemon print rayon from Harts Fabric. (I no longer see it on their website). It is so soft and has a lovely drape for this pattern. I forgot how tricky rayon can be to sew though. I used my walking foot and extra pins. Worked great! The pattern recommends heavier fabric but I think this pattern works great with a light fabric as well.
Anything to watch out for? Nope! Nothing comes to mind.
Would you make it again? Absolutely! I’m thinking maybe a linen or even a denim one next.