Pattern: Colette Patterns Ginger
Fabric: Birch Organic Fabrics "Commute" (Coral Ride colorway), purchased at Gather Here
Shirt: Alternative Apparel
Three words: Love. This. Skirt.
I woke up on a rainy Saturday morning thinking about a bicycle print skirt. For reals. I don't know if it had anything to do with my yearning for a bicycle print poly chiffon I saw at Mood back in May that I wish I bought (how darling of a blouse would that be?!) but damn it, I wanted a bicycle skirt. So I grabbed my rain coat and boots and headed over to Gather Here, local purveyor of all things awesome and most likely to have bicycle print fabric. And I was right! Plus, Virginia carries all sorts of awesome pattern lines like Sewaholic, Sew Liberated, and Colette, so I picked up a couple of patterns as well.
This is my first Colette pattern that I've made and let me tell you: I'm hooked. At first glance, $16 seemed steep for a basic skirt pattern (especially since I'm so used to the $1.99 sales at Joann Fabrics), but after opening the envelope and examining the cutting and sewing instructions and design suggestions, it's clear that a lot of the thought was put into the writing and design of this pattern. There's a lot to be said for clearly written sewing instructions, especially if a pattern like this is your first venture into sewing.
This is essentially a 3-in-1 pattern: three different looking skirts, each with waistband variations or a bias skirt. I picked option 3 with the straight waistband instead of a curved one. This is a high-waisted skirt too, which I love, and looks great with either my shirt tucked in or worn out. The fit is spot on and true to the measurements on the pattern envelope.
Don't ask me how I did it, but I managed to get the bicycles lined up going from the skirt into the waistband! Not so much though when it came to the center front seam. I followed the cutting instructions for lining up stripes but it didn't work out so well when I assembled the skirt fronts and backs - this was my first venture into sewing with, what I didn't realize until I got home, a striped fabric. But I was so bowled over with the waistband alignment!
The design tips were a nice addition and gave me the idea to look through my stash for some white piping I knew I had on hand. The invisible zipper is unfortunately grey instead of white (all I had available) but since I don't see it when I'm wearing it, I forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind!
I can tell this is going to be a new favorite pattern of mine that won't be made just once and then filed away. A-line skirts are my favorite kind of skirt and this pattern is such a great wardrobe staple that can be modified and adapted for a multitude of looks depending on the fabric and other design elements like pockets, buttons, trims, etc. This one is a keeper and well worth the money spent! I can't wait to try the Jasmine blouse pattern I picked up as well.
Have you made any Colette patterns? Which is your favorite?