The “As Good As It Gets” Dress
Fabric: Floral cotton from Alameda Antique Fair – $7.50 for 3 yards, Navy fabric for bodice – $.25
Patterns: Colette Patterns Ceylon
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Vintage button kits – $.05
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$7.80
Because I'm so used to sewing with patterns from the big four pattern companies and knowing exactly what to expect, I was a bit terrified to sew a pattern from Colette Patterns. Ever since I began sewing in earnest I've seen other women raving about CP. It was about time that I gave one a try!
The first thing I have to say is that I love their sizing. Numbers associated with sizes are arbitrary — just look at international sizes to prove that. That said, I couldn't help smile when the size chart indicated I should sew a size "4." The last time I was a size "4" Back to the Future was playing in theaters. So thank you Colette Patterns for your self-esteem building numeric scheme!
The second thing has to do with the pattern's packaging. I absolutely love how the patterns are presented. They're in a book form with a sewn binding. A little pocket houses the pattern pieces and the instructions are clearly laid out throughout the book. Quite cute!
Once I got over my fear of unknown sewing territories, I began cutting and soon found myself following the instructions to the letter. I wasn't frustrated with the instructions (like I can get with other modern-day patterns) and felt a great deal reassured knowing that the person who drafted this pattern is a contemporary of mine — someone who was born after fusible interfacing was invented.
The pattern was a breeze to construct! As I sewed my dress I kept on thinking of that line from the Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt film, As Good As It Gets — "You make me want to be a better man." This pattern, without frustrating directions and construction details, made me want to be a better sewer. It's a pattern that, with a methodical pace, looks finished on both the inside and outside.
With the contrast yoke and sleeves and the feedsack-like print, the finished dress reminds me of my Take Me Out to the Ballgame Dress. The big difference, however, is that I absolutely love this dress and it is about a thousand times more flattering!
So in a nutshell, Ceylon by Colette Patterns kicks all sorts of butt and I think I've found my go-to dress of this season. Want your own copy of Ceylon. Here's a 15% code to use in March for the Colette Patterns shop: SWSPRING (case sensitive).
And now, my Spring Palette.
I'm all about the primary colors for Spring. Right now, I have an obsession with yellow and floral prints that look good enough to eat. Bold and edible, if you will.