Hot! The “Crazy Bright Springtime” Dress | Sarah Gabbart

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Fabric: 2 yards of red broadcloth ($9) and 4 yards of printed cotton ($30) both
Pattern: Colette Macaron
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Invisible zipper (16") – thrifted
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes. A thousand times yes.

Total Cost: $~40

YES! It's finally spring – the weather is beautiful, the air is warm, but not too hot and tons of flowers are blooming all over my hometown. 

In my neighborhood, tons of pink, red and purple flowers are blooming behind garden gates and my spring palette is definitely inspired by the bold, beautiful colors of the season. 

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That's exactly what comes to mind when I think about spring – bright, beautiful flowers – and what better way to represent the most gorgeous time of the year than with a crazy bright dress. With flowers on it. 

The fabric is printed cotton and cotton broadcloth from (my go to online fabric retailer). Both are incredibly easy to sew with and behave themselves throughout the cutting process, which is a welcome change from the slippery sari fabric from last week. 

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Colette Patterns – in fact, I have one of each style at my house. I'm a Colette pattern hoarder! They're beautifully done, the instructions are clear and the styles are right up my alley. I seriously love every pattern I have made up so far. 

Since I was familiar with the style and layout of the patterns I was able to jump right in without issue. Nothing in this pattern was too complicated – pleats, darts and one invisible zipper. I can handle that! Five hours later, I was zipping myself up into one crazy bring dress with flowers on it. 

Let me first say I had my reservations about a shorter dress before starting this garment. I'm a knee length skirt gal and above the knee was positively scandalous for me! I am so glad I stuck with the pattern because I love the length – it's the perfect warm weather date dress!

After the dress was finished, I headed on over to one of my favorite places – the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – for some photos. Yet again, Erin the awesome came through with her mad photo skills – thanks Erin! 

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  1. Very nice colour combinations.

  2. I LOVE those colours, and such beautiful big flowers! I love your shoes as well!
    The shape of the dress does really suit that length, I’m glad you went with it, it’s a great shape, and extremely flattering on you with red band around the middle!

  3. Our summer has just ended (not that it ever really appeared this year!) and already your lovely splashy colours and making me wistful. The length is great on you and I’m really going to have to find some Colette patterns!

  4. margueritedesigns

    I love this – wish I could say the same about the weather here! At least this provides some inspiration!

  5. Very nice! I am so looking forward to receiving and making up some Colette patterns! I love the photo shoot!!

  6. This is my favorite Macaroon I’ve seen! I absolutely LOVE the color combo! YAY!

  7. The fit is so flattering! Love the color combo and you look stunning in the dress! I’m so tempted to make another kekeke.

  8. Love it! I like the contrasting belt, and that you mixed two fabrics together, I haven’t tried that yet, want to!

  9. this bold and daring , love it. I wish it was as warm in the uk tho

  10. I LOVE your fabric choices! I have been eying this pattern since I got it for Christmas, and am right now knee-deep in the Crepe dress. But I think seeing your vibrant and cheerful version has sealed the deal for me: I know what I’m sewing soon. hehe!
    ♥ Casey

  11. This dress is a winner! So beautiful on you! Also, sexy shoes!!!

  12. I love how bright it is. So cheery and fun. You’ve done a marvellous job! :)

  13. (rapturous sigh) What a lovely dress! The cut is super-flattering and fun, the contrasting fabrics perfect. Wonderful sewing!

  14. You look marvelous, darhlin’Sarah!

  15. Beautiful colors! Love your version of this style. I’m glad you admitted to having all of their patterns (while I don’t, I often think it could very well be a possibility some day!!). Good instructions make all the difference in the world.

  16. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

  17. Wow- that looks great on you. I’ve been debating this pattern for some time, and wound up not going for it becuase im not sure what kind of fabric I should use. But your version (cotton broadcloth, did you say?) is making me think again.

  18. I love every little thing about that dress and you looks so cute in it. I love the hair too did you get it cut?

  19. Thanks girl! I am loving this shape – I’m inspired by your creations to go shorter; all of your dresses are so adorable and hit above the knee!

  20. Thanks Jen! We have summer for like 10 months a year in Houston – it’s incredibly hot here!

  21. Thanks Debbie! The shoot was so much fun – I LOVE the museum; it’s a beautiful place and has such cool stuff to do! Note: it said it was 80 degrees in the butterfly center, but I swear it was like 110 – Erin and I were sweating like it was August!

  22. Thanks Adey – I love your combos and can’t wait to see what you do next!

  23. Thanks lady! This is one of my first contrasting fabric experiments and I think I will start doing it on other garments too!

  24. Thanks Charlotte! Holy cow – last time I was in London in July and thought it would be cool outside and I was WRONG. Had to buy shorts – the UK tricks me with it’s crazy weather! I have been told has snowed in May before – crazy!

  25. OOOH – LOVE the Crepe! How’s your coming out? I made one in the fall and was really happy with how easy it was to make; I did the non sweetheart neckline version, so I might have to try that version next!

  26. Thanks Elise! I love these shoes – they are low heeled so I don’t walk like a 13 year old in heels for the first time in them :O)

  27. Thanks Sarah! I love bright stuff – wait until you guys see next week’s creation; you will need shades!

  28. Thanks Amy!! I am still amazed at how cool the tulip shaped skirt is – I have always avoided them, but won’t anymore!

  29. Oh my goodness – yes they do! I can’t tell you how many times I have been reduced to swearing over pattern instructions! Also, I am totally a hoarder of these patterns – it’s like 1990 and beanie babies all over again!

  30. Thanks Bhoomika! I had that same issue and decided to wing it with the cottons – so glad I did! I think I’m going to make a dupioni and sheer fabric (maybe an organza?) version for the holidays in green; I have also talked to Sarai of Colette about her fabric in the sample and it was linen for last spring’s version – so pretty and so wearable for hot weather!

  31. Hey Sue! Thank you so much! I didn’t get the hair cut, but it is pinned back, which I am totally going to do tonight – you have made my day!

  32. Wow Sarah, you are looking fine! Love the macaroon pattern! bummed that I don’t have any collette patterns and so stuck to the bloomers! (which were still fun of course!) Maybe I’ll have to invest soon.

  33. love love love! Sarah, you look fantastic in red! I love the brightness of your fabrics – you display them at their best with this pattern. I love the flower in your hair :) You always look like you are having so much fun in your pictures!

  34. Thanks Casey!! How did the bloomers go? I have seen the pattern, but was nervous about the drawstring legs!

  35. Thank you Meg! Erin is always making me laugh during these and it helps that while at the museum, little kids were FREAKING OUT about the butterflies in the center. They didn’t realize butterflies = giant bugs that can fly. I couldn’t stop laughing!

  36. Hi Sarah, The bloomers are actually pretty cute (but I really do feel uncomfortable in short things!) I made the L although my measurements said make M – but I’ve learnt don’t trust the measurements for anything that has to fit over my butt! I put elastic in the legs and didn’t make them too tight…and then just stitched little bows on top. Check out my pic in the community photos. I made a top to match!

  37. Love the bright, summery colours! So much fun. Another awesome weekly creation!

  38. I love your version of this pattern! I’ve never really liked the macaron until recently because a lot of the versions looked very kiddy to me. But now I definitely want to make it!

  39. Thank you so much Lisette! I know what you mean – I have seen a few that are too baby doll for my taste (and body shape!) – Adey’s bright versions really inspired me!