There have been quite a buzz over Colette Patterns for quite some time now, but initially I wasn’t that interested, I don’t know why, really. Then I succumbed and bought a couple of patterns and so far I haven’t regretted it. Colette Patterns have a growing line of patterns that aren’t reproduction patterns, but has a distinct vintage feel to them. Though the skirts and dresses generally are too short for a 40’s style that is something that is easy to change.
For my summer ensemble in yellow I decided to make the Jasmine blouse. It’s a bias-cut blouse without a closure and a cute little collar. The pattern has two collar options and two kinds of sleeves. I opted to make my version sleeveless, but I did make the sleeves in my mock-up.
The pattern arrived quite promptly- as promptly as can be expected for overseas shipping and the pattern itself is just about the cutest I have ever seen. It comes in the form of a chubby little envelope, but when you open it you realize that it is actually a little booklet with the tissue pattern nestling in a little pocket.
It is also the easiest pattern I have ever worked with. The booklet starts with a pattern inventory and advice on how to get started. Then cutting layouts and sewing instructions, everything very clear and easy to follow. In the back there is a glossary and room for personal notes. There is also information to be found at the website and there is also a blog. The pattern itself comes in several sizes, ranging from 0 to 18.
The pattern was very easy to work with. Labeled as a beginners pattern I still felt that it avoided the trap of simplify into boredom. The style is simple and elegant, but the collar and sleeves gives it personality. Now I’d like to try one of the dress patterns!
Pictures of the finished blouse are yet to come.