Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FROCKTOBER - frocks we love: the Colette Laurel

 We're celebrating FROCKTOBER at The Drapery, 
to kick-start your spring and summer sewing!
When you buy any dress pattern plus the fabric to make it, we'll take 10% off the price 
(in store or online using code 'FROCKTOBER' at checkout). 
Plus, we've teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
and for every pattern + fabric combo sold we'll donate $2 to this great cause.
Another Colette frock from us on this FROCKTOBER day - today the Laurel.

If you've been in store looking to make a simple shift dress, you may have found us raving about this pattern. It's aimed at the beginner, but should by no means be overlooked by more experienced garment sewers either. The bust darts at the front coupled with a pair of double pointed darts in the back give this dress some subtle shaping without any fussy fitting. Laurel also works with a variety of fabrics and prints. Here she is as a sleeveless dress in our organic stretch denim:

 Laurel is incredibly versatile. Sleeves, without sleeves, blouse, dress, with a frill on the end of the sleeve, there are tons of variations. Plus the Colette website has a downloadable PDF full of Laurel extras - collars and other little details to give your frock a little more oomph. The Colette blog also recently featured this Laurel hack, which would look great with any of our linen fabrics.

This, also sleeveless, version was made in a soft cotton twill fabric from Surface Art (fabric available in store):

 And here is Laurel as a blouse, made up in some delicious Nani Iro double Gauze (fabric is here, all sold out in the blue colourway though).

For each of these versions, I modified the pattern slightly to omit the zip by subtracting the seam allowance along the centre back and cutting one back piece on the fold instead of  two pieces. The slightly wide neckline means the garment slips over your head fairly easily, so you don't even need to get out your machine's zipper foot.

We are currently sold out of the Laurel pattern, but it is on it's way! We expect it to be back in stock within a week or so. Because we love both Colette and the OCRF, we will extend the FROCKTOBER discount for this (and the new Colette frock pattern Dahlia) for an extra week, all details are in blue above.

- Fiona & Jane xx

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! The Laurel is wonderful and I LOVE Linen!! To wear and to weave.


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