Colette Laurel

Believe it or not, this was my first time sewing with a Colette pattern-what took me so long, right??  This is the Colette Laurel pattern, which has a few different dress options, and this blouse version.DSC_0088I bought the Juniper pants pattern a while ago but haven’t got around to making them yet (this will definitely happen soon though, I am in serious need of pants!).  The patterns are so lovely, the packaging is pretty and from just this one experience the instructions are great too.  I have been hesitant to use them though because their patterns are drafted for a C cup, and I was soooo dreading a small bust adjustment.  Well, I am afraid no more!  It was pretty easy, I used this tutorial from Megan Nielsen.


I decided to make a couple of tops first, this one is made from Nani Iro double gauze, with linen bias tape for the sleeves and neck binding.  I have had this fabric in my stash for a while; I kept wishing I had enough to make a dress but then this pattern came along and I though it would make a perfect top.


I made a muslin first, something I usually do even though it is super annoying to me.  I always have a few moments when I start a project where I think I can get away with just going all crazy without a muslin, but thankfully I almost always talk myself into making one.  I enjoy my sewing so much more when I know it’s going to fit in the end!  I made a few changes with this one-  the small bust adjustment (5/8″), moved the darts down 1″, and took about an inch of ease out of the back of the sleeve.  It was pretty poofy back there!  Oh, and I modified the shape of the armhole in the front- the curve there was pretty severe and I had some weird pulling across my upper chest.  I just filled in that curve a little (about 1/2″) and the problem went away.  Yay for muslins!DSC_0105

So here’s what I love about this pattern…same pattern, totally different shirt!  I rescued this fabric from a dress that I bought but have never worn.  It is a really nice lightweight hemp/organic cotton blend that feels a lot like linen but doesn’t wrinkle.  I have always loved the fabric but the dress was a little frumpy.  DSC_0114

This one has little fluttery sleeves, which are really two half circles overlapped and sewn into the armhole.DSC_0097

I was freezing in these pictures, we just got snow the other day, yikes!  It is funny that I am always sewing spring tops for Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong with snow on the ground.  DSC_0093

Other than the sleeves these tops are pretty much the same, except on this one I did a bias faced neckline, using this awesome tutorial.  I consider Jen of Grainline to be my own personal sewing coach, she just isn’t aware of it.  Seriously, all of her instructions and tutorials give such professional looking results that it makes the perfectionist in me sooooooo happy  🙂  Next up: Laurel, the dress version(s)!!

  • Suzanne Williams

    Both tops look great! I especially like the one with the “fluttery” sleeves 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thanks! It was nice to give that dress a new life, it has been hanging in my closet unworn for years!

  • Your Laurels are beautiful! I LOVE the Nani Iro gauze and those flutter sleeves give the top a totally different look. Flutter sleeves are some of my favorite — so feminine.

    • Kelly

      Oh, thank you so much! This was my first attempt at the flutter sleeves, I am thinking I may experiment with a longer length and a more drapey fabric.

  • These are both beautiful– well done! You’ve really nailed the fit!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! I felt like the fit was pretty close as is, so I tried to keep the changes small…overall I am really happy with this pattern as a base for a lot of different variations.

  • Beautiful!!! I love Nani Iro fabric!! Like you, I’d better get around to learning SBA if I want to make any of my MANY Colette Patterns!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!! LOVE Nani Iro fabric, I just finished a dress version of Laurel with some more Nani Iro last night 🙂 The SBA was not so bad! I highly recommend the tutorial on Megan Nielsen’s blog, it has really good pictures.

  • rbjaneite

    Hi! Your Laurels are lovely. I am making my first muslin for view A, and wondered how you went about taking ease out of the back of the sleeves? I think I need to, but don’t know exactly where it should come from. Did you make a dart-type reduction from within the gathered area or outside it? Or take a whole slice out, or something? I’d appreciate any help!

    • Kelly

      Hi! The way I removed the ease at the back of the sleeve was just to make a dart on the pattern piece, centered in the area that you are easing…I took out an inch and the sleeve went in easily without looking poofy. Hope that helps!

      • rbjaneite

        Thanks, that’s really helpful. I’ll give it a go!