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New Colette patterns

Yes finally! A whole new batch of Colette patterns are up. The Rooibos dress above is my favorite (and the coat ain’t bad either). I would say that this new offering is more literally retro than the first Colette collection. Most poignant are the distinct 40’s silhouettes, which I suspect is making something of a fashion comeback.


  • Antoinette
    December 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I like this dress best, too, but am wary when considering that these patterns were drafted with curvier women in mind. Your last Colette dress was lovely but required much effort to customize the fit. Not sure I have that stamina!

  • luckylibbet
    December 2, 2009 at 6:40 am

    @Antoinette – you're not Colette's customer, being on the short(er) side and thin to boot. Colette patterns would take a ton of alterations to fit you, unfortunately, since you're definitely in the age demographic that Sarai is going for. My 19 yo daughter, on the other hand, is squarely in her fit/demographic category. She already sewed the Chantilly last summer with only a 1/4 inch adjustment in the waist area! and she is a 32 DD, definitely very curvy with a 26 inch waist. It came out looking great!

    I've already bookmarked the Ceylon dress, as I think it will be very flattering to her body type, and hopefully like the Chantilly will need very little fit alteration.

    BTW I think Johanna is not necessarily in her fit category either. Johanna, please share your experiences fitting this new pattern line. My experience with a very well endowed daughter is that Sarai fits to at least a C cup if not greater, and tries to produce styles that flatter larger cupped women without a ton of alteration (FBA, full bust adjustment).

    Your thoughts (as always!) greatly appreciated!

  • Gail
    December 2, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I love patterns for curvy girls. I loved this dress and the coat and a couple of other designs.

  • Johanna
    December 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    >>Antoinette: Yes, it is sadly not a perfect match and Luckylibbet's post below does give a lot of food for thought for us less endowed. But I do think that the Rooibos dress might work with a SBA. So I will prob buy that pattern and report on how it fits!

    >>Luckylibbet: Thank you for your input and yes that is my impression too. The dress I did worked out with a SBA but some of the other styles I think is just to forget for folks with flatter bodies. On the other hand I am glad that she serves a group that has been neglected by a lot of designers. Though I wish that she stated that clearer on the website and pattern envelopes (or maybe she does now?).

    >>Gail: Yes, it's great what she does! Maybe more designers will follow her lead here.

  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2009 at 2:14 am
  • Johanna
    December 3, 2009 at 6:39 am

    >>Anon: Yes I think Rooibos dress could work, but for those (like me) who hovers more around A/B I do think a SBA is necessary, even with this dress. Thanks for the link, her version just makes me even more lusty after this pattern!


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