A Parisienne Parfait

my Parisienne Parfait


me during Me Made June ’11

The Facts
100% cotton red polka dots from Joanne’s
Parfait Dress from Colette Patterns
c. 2009 I think?
an invisible zipper and some clear plastic buttons
Time to complete:
about 6 hours? I lined the bodice, used french seams where possible, hand picked the zipper.
First worn:
you know, I kind of don’t remember! I’ve worn it SO many times.
Wear again?
TOTALLY! This is one of my favorites. I realized after I made it up that it might look a bit like Minnie Mouse, but I don’t let that keep me from wearing it! It’s also my second Parfait out of 4 that I’ve made this year. What can I say? I love that pattern!

Total price: ~$10 (Joanne’s and their coupons)

Name & Location: Sara Cougill, Denver, CO

Blog: An Elemental Life

How long have you been sewing: I’ve pretty much been sewing most of my life. My mom is a quilter and sewed clothes for us as kids. My dad’s mother sewed most of her own clothes for over 50 years. I guess you could say I was destined to sew! It’s really only been in the past few years that I’ve gotten serious about sewing clothes for myself, though.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I love sewing clothes, but I’m not very good with finishing all of my projects. I need a challenge and people to hold me to that challenge! I would love to have a whole wardrobe of self-made clothes. My dad’s mother recently passed away, so I’ve been learning more about her from family members (strange how that happens AFTER the fact). I’m sad that I never knew how accomplished of a seamstress she was while she was alive, but I would love to be able to say that I sewed for 50 years! I think that this challenge is a good start to that goal.

What do you love most about sewing garments: picking out the fabric! Finishing my seams! My husband calls me “The Queen of Tedium.” If it’s tedious, I’m probably good at it and like doing it.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: FACINGS. They make me angry. I can never seem to get them to lay right. So, I usually just avoid them and line the darn thing. Also, ripping out seams. I’d almost rather start over from scratch than rip out seams. I did buy the most expensive seam ripper I’ve ever seen and, actually, it has made seam ripping slightly less irritating.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I hope to be able to make things that will fit in with my current wardrobe. Also, it would be nice to be able to not make a muslin every.single.time. Oh, and pants. I want to make a pair of pants!

What’s your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: My husband and I want to buy a house and plant a huge vegetable garden. I’ve started running again, so I want to run a half-marathon before 2012 is over.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Gertie, The Sew Weekly (of course!), Tom & Lorenzo, Male Pattern Boldness


Sara C

By day, Sara Cougill is a high school teacher (math, science, and art!). By night, she sews, knits, cooks, bikes, runs, and hangs out with her cats and husband. She's been sewing about as long as she's been walking and is excited to add some new challenges to her sewing life!


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  1. I love your Parfait! And I hear you on facings, ugh, I hate them.

  2. I have a big piece of this fabric and want to make a dress. Thanks for the inspiration! You look adorable : )