I can't tell you how excited I was to get this book, especially because it has five patterns included. I have read it at least four times, cover to cover; the pictures are beautiful, and the instructions and techniques are clearly explained. Even though I have been sewing for a good little while now, I have learned so much from this book. I tend to go at it on my own most of the time, but I feel like I'm going to produce more professional-looking clothes thanks to this book.
Now that I am no longer enormously pregnant, I figured it was time to pull out one of those patterns and get started. I have only made two dresses for myself (here and here), so I definitely want to learn more about sewing my own clothing and getting a beautiful fit. I think fit is the part that intimidates me the most about sewing my own clothes, but the Colette Sewing Handbook makes even that seem simple. Time consuming, maybe, but easily accomplished.
The first pattern in the book is the Meringue skirt, so that's where I started:
please excuse my wrinkles; it had been a long day! :-)
I really like the structured, A-line look of this skirt, and the scalloped hem makes it a little extra special. I actually made a muslin for this skirt, which is something I have never taken the time to do before. I thought I might have to make some adjustments to the waist since I'm not really back to fighting form yet, but this pattern was forgiving and flattering. It only made me that much more excited to get started on the other four patterns in the book!
An adorable little girl was offering "cake," and clearly, I couldn't say no.
necklace: Page Six
Cara's dress: hand-me-down