Monday, August 22, 2011

Rooibos Dress Complete

The Colette Patterns blog posted up the tutorial for finishing the dress pockets on Friday evening so I was able to finish my dress on Saturday and I am thrilled with how it's turned out and cant wait to wear it!

Pattern Description : Colette Patterns Rooibos Dress

Pattern Sizing : I made mine up in the size 2, I normally would make a 0, but due to the fact that I want some nice stuff to wear Immediately after my pregnancy ( I have been lucky not to have gained alot of weight) and after doing a muslin of the bodice which fitted well I went with the size 2.

Did the finished product resemble the envelope picture/description? :

Were the instructions easy to follow? :
  Yes! I followed the Rooibos dress sew-a-long ( you can view the post's on the Colette Patterns Blog) but really didnt need to. The Instructions are really easy to follow, with plenty of diagrams and if you get stuck with anything the girls from Colette Patterns are just an e-mail away.

Any changes made to the pattern? :
 No, If I were to make again after baby I would probably require a slight small bust adjustment ( I believe these patterns are drafted for a C-cup bust) other than that no.

Fabric Used? :
 I used a japanese cotton chambray( from Tessuti's)  which was a pretty good choice, I have found it a bit "creasy" after sewing but it was lovely to sew. The pattern calls for medium weight fabric like a cotton poplin or linen for warmer weather or a gaberdine or tropical wool for cooler months. Nothing too drapey this dress.

What did I particularly like/dislike about pattern? :
 I love the piping detail on collar, neckline and pockets. This is an optional feature but I think it's what makes the style. You can have alot of fun mixing colours and patterns without detracting from the simplicity and great cut of the style. It's the perfect shift dress, you have that A-line shape but the high-inset waistband and bust shaping are way more flattering for 99% of women (anyone who isn't twiggy basically).

Will I make again? :
Yes I will, no idea yet as to fabric choices and I have a few other Colette Patterns to work on ( just started the "Beignet" skirt and have the "Oolong" and some lovely fabric waiting to be made up. I definitely recommend, this and any of the Colette Patterns.

What level of sewing skill is required?
 The pattern is classed as " Intermediate" but I think a beginner could tackle this without too many hassles, the instructions are really straightforward and there's nothing too technically difficult.

I will get some shots of me actually wearing this dress as soon as I can actually wear it, lol.
I only have a bit over 2 weeks to go now!

xxx Ruby Slippers


  1. Gorgeous! You're so speedy. I'm so behind on the sew-along - only just finished my first muslin.

  2. Hi Lazy stitching, it was such an easy pattern to follow it made it lots quicker, I also just did a muslin of the bodice :-)