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Look, I made a thing!

colette violet blouse
colette violet blouse
thrifted blazer
colette violet blouse
thrifted blazer
colette violet blouse

And only four months it took me! It’s the Colette Violet blouse. I made it out of a vintage sheet I got from the charity shop. I made it as a proper thing not a muslin, but the idea was that once I’d worked out how the pattern works I’d make it in a nice new fabric, maybe one that doesn’t cromple as easily as the 100% cotton of the sheet.

The pattern says beginner, but it taught me loads of new things, most notably the gathering and the buttonholes. I didn’t do massively well with the gathering, especially in the bit at the back, I ended up having to cut the sides down quite a lot because I hadn’t gathered it enough. In general, my pattern pieces rarely matched up properly so there was a fair bit of fudging. But overall, I did alright with most of the techniques. And I only had to check stuff with Dave a couple of times, which is a huge improvement on previous things I’ve made, which were Burdastyle, where the instructions might as well be in Klingon for how much help they are.

The one thing I’m not happy about is the sizing. According to my measurements, I am between a size 10 and 12. The instructions tell you that in that case you should cut the larger size, but I am usually a UK 12/8, and I draw the line at going up two sizes. Which was definitely the right thing to do! even allowing for it being a loose fitting style, it’s pretty much too big everywhere, except the chest. So I think next time I need to cut an 8 and adjust the darts or whatever a full bust adjustment is.

But for now I’m happy enough with it to wear it!

Outfit stats:
* blouse – I made it, obvs * blazer – charity shop * skirt – h&m * shoes – calrks originals *

P.s. sorry for crappy pictures. I couldn’t get the light colour of the shirt and the dark colour of everything else to work together

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  • Sadie 21 October 2013, 8:09 am

    That looks great – I really must do some sewing, I haven’t touched my machine for months.

    On the sizing, pattern sizes tend to be quite a bit smaller than shop sizes so you may well find you have to make a bigger size, but looking at the pictures I agree that you would probably be better going down a size and doing a full bust adjustment to compensate (though as this is why I keep shying away from sewing, because it’s just such a struggle to get my head round, I appreciate that that’s easier said than done!)
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  • christy 21 October 2013, 2:05 pm

    I love that you made Violet. I have it on my list of things to sew. You are correct in that you need a full bust adjustment. Colette patterns are drafted for a c cup. So, like me, you need to take your high bust measurement and do a FBA and you will have a much better fit. Colette patterns are sized more toward ready to wear, so the size you choose should be close to your US size. I do love your blouse and am now inspired to move that pattern up in the rotation. You did a great job on it!

  • Jessica 21 October 2013, 5:03 pm

    Oh, that is absolutely gorgeous! I am so not creative at all. 🙁 I would probably get to the point of cutting out…okay, tracing the pattern, and toss it in the bottom of my closet. But nevertheless, you did an awesome job. 🙂
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  • Veronica Darling 21 October 2013, 11:55 pm

    Looks AMAZING! Well done! Button holes are hard in my opinion!

    I love it with your blazer! Very swish! xoxo
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  • aly c 22 October 2013, 7:19 am

    Gorgeous! You are very talented. I love the blazer too.
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  • Style Eyes 22 October 2013, 7:22 pm

    Really love this! You have definitely inspired me to do some sewing. I have some material that has been stuck in the cupboard for ages. The blazer looks like a great find too.
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  • Camelia Crinoline 23 October 2013, 6:35 am

    It looks cute. Vintage sheets are great to use for fabric because they are usually huge and have such good prints. Pattern sizes bear little relation to ready to wear sizes. I’m often a size 12 in patterns but a few sizes smaller than that in rtw. I find measuring the pattern pieces (minus the seam allowance and add an inch or two for ease/being able to move in the garment) gives you a better idea of how big something’s going to be. I don’t trust the sizing measurements on the pattern.
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