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Monday, 18 March 2013

Periwinkle Bridesmaid dresses from Colette Eclair

I was really thrilled to be asked to make the Bridesmaid dresses for one of my regular sewing ladies (and now friend!) who was having a handmade 'country chic' wedding in what she referred to as 'the shed' on her soon to be in-laws farm.

She chose the Eclair pattern from Colette and a gorgeous periwinkle eyelet fabric that we offset with a contrasting blue for the straps and ties.

I added spaghetti straps on one of these dresses for the new mum in the party, but other than that, not too many changes required for this pattern. As with most Colette patterns you get the option of adding details that you might find a little daunting (hidden pockets and boning) but if you follow the easy to follow instructions you just can't go too far wrong. It is a really flattering shape and super girly and pretty!

The skirt might be a little full for some but that's fairly easily fixed.  This is a great dress to learn how to do boning and lining and they've even included instructions on how to finish your lining fabric and zip by machine!

Colette describes this pattern as a
 "flattering shape which tapers at the waist, and gathered waist ties in a contrasting fabric. This dress is fully lined and has a gathered six-gore skirt with the front panel of the skirt left ungathered for a smooth line. Dress includes side seam pockets and optional boning. Closes with an invisible side zipper."


  1. Super cute! I love the fabric choice. I have her sewing book, I just cut out the meringue skirt yesterday and am hopefully sewing it up later today, my first Colette :)

    1. Good luck with the Colette - you won't be sorry. If you are a beginner seamstress you will find her patterns super easy to follow! They make you feel like your spot on Project Runway is only moments away :)