7in7: Day Two, Parfait
Fabric: 1930s repro fabric from the Antique Treasures line, $15
Pattern: Colette Patterns, Parfait
Notions: Invisible zipper, $3, buttons, $.05
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes!!!
Total Cost: $18
Presenting day two of the Seven in Seven Challenge. Here's to Parfait!
There's bound to be a Colette Pattern that I'm not going to enjoy sewing, (I'm looking at you Oolong) but I just have to say Parfait isn't it! My goodness, there are parts to this pattern that are like magic (the midriff lining, for one example). At first I was scared of Parfait because there are a lot of pattern pieces and the bodice seems a bit difficult to get the right fit. I kept on waiting for the next step in which I'd make some horrible mistake. But it didn't happen!
Things I'd do differently next time
- I wouldn't make the buttonholes/buttons on the tabs/straps and instead just sew the pieces together and use buttons as a decorative touch. With the side zipper, there's no need to take the straps off ever. I tried to think if there would ever be some sort of emergency which would require unbuttoning the straps, but alas there was none. For this dress, I made the button holes, but I ended up stitching it all closed to guarantee a good fit.
- I'd make the straps a little shorter. They're a bit longer than they should be and this change is easy enough.
- I might omit the pockets. The pockets are cute, but I might want to try a more streamlined look.
Things I loved about Parfait
- The above lining of the midriff piece. When I realized I had to line that piece, I groaned. But the instructions are so clever and easy-to-follow. It was super simple!
- It's totally flattering at the waist!
- It seriously is the perfect sundress
- While it took a bit longer than Macaron, there were no parts that required a struggle.
- I love the buttons I used. They remind me of Depression glass green.
Also! Want to buy your own Parfait? Colette Patterns is offering Sew Weekly readers 20% off the patterns until May 18th. Just use the code: SEVEN20 (It's case sensitive).
Tomorow: I take on Eclair!