7in7: Day One, Macaron
Fabric: Dotted swiss from Fabric.com, $3, Blue floral print from Joann's -$12
Pattern: Colette Patterns, Macaron
Notions: Invisible zipper, $3
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $18
First stop on the crazy sewing train is the Macaron. Four hours to complete, the Macaron turned out pretty well. There's something about the Macaron pattern made up with a white top that reminds me of those spaghetti strap dresses that were worn in the 1990s with white T-shirts. Despite my desire not to achieve this look, I made it up with a white Swiss dot top. It's definitely a departure from what I'm used to wearing. It's pretty short and form-fitting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just a thing that I need to get used to.
Three things I'll do differently next time
- Use bias tape instead of hemming the neckline. Yes, it's just a hemmed collar. I was incredibly meticulous while working on the hem at the neckline so it turned out as well as it would have if I used bias tape. But, bias tape would have been faster.
- Skip the piping. I'm going to have to fix the piping at some point since I sewed it too close to the edge in one section and it's caving in on itself.
- Include the pockets. It was a time saver last night to skip the pockets. I was a bit confused about the process and making one dress a day doesn't allow much time for confusion.
Things I liked about the pattern
- It took four hours! And this isn't involving shortcuts. All of the seams are serged and no glue sticks were used. As with every Colette Pattern I've sewn, the instructions are clear and straightforward.
- The fit. Even though I used quilting cotton, not much stretch was needed. I like how it fits, though I'm used to wearing my sleeves a bit shorter or longer.
- I love how the bodice is constructed. By following the instructions to the letter, I ran into absolutely zero problems when it came to joining any of the pieces.
- There seems to be so many different combinations that will create completely different styles.
So, no, day one of the Seven in Seven Challenge was far from a disaster. And now, we move onto the next dress: The Parfait.
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