Thursday, February 21, 2013


Pattern: Colette Patterns – Macaron

Fabric: Rosey, Cotton Gauze with white polka dots & Off-White cotton for contrast purchased from Hart’s fabric

Styled with: Shoes: Just Fab

Wear Again: You bet!

This was the second pattern from Colette’s that I ever remember seeing and immediately I wanted to make it! I am not sure why it took me so long to act on the urge except besides straight copying the white/blue sample from Colette’s I had a hard time finding fabric that I wanted to pair together.

However, when both Hart’s and Sew Colette 2.0 picked the same pattern for a sew-along in the same month – I had to get in on that and finally choose some fabric. Being the talented slacker that I am – I missed the deadline and this did not actually get sewn up until last month.

This is the perfect dress for work and I am sure I’ll make another in the near future.

Pattern Review:  I have to tell you there are a few moments when constructing this dress that I seriously thought to myself that this pattern and set of instructions were pure genius! (The pockets and sleeves for instance) and at least one instance (once again the pockets) that I was extremely nervous that I was reading the instructions correctly.

I did have an issue with the fit of the sleeves, but I am sure that is probably me and something I should have adjusted for – I am just not sure what and my Google searches were of no help. Basically when I put the bodice on the sleeve area was too tight to then pull the dress back up over my head without secondary party (read: husband) assisting me out of the dress. The funniest part about this issue is that I could get the dress on just fine on my own and that it felt and looked comfortable – it just didn’t want to come off. I finally went in and surged again around the armholes this time as close to the regular line of stitching as I could without going over it in hopes that I would open up the area some. This actually works and I can finally get the dress over my head on my own. Has anyone heard of this type of fit issue and what is it called?


  1. I had a fit issue like that with a vintage pattern once. I did the same thing you did just opened up the arm hole by reserging it. I don't know if that's the official best way to do it but it worked for me!

  2. I didn't find much information when looking so maybe it isn't a common adustment. And it always good to hear that you are not the only one who experienced something.

  3. Hi! I love the Macaron pattern too, and it's one of the first ones I told myself that I had to make after finding out about Colette patterns. I just learned to sew last April, so I'm still somewhat intimidated by cute dresses. By the way, I'm somewhat in your area of Southern California! Howdy neighbor!

  4. This turned out super cute! I've been scared to try the Macaron pattern because of the sweetheart top, but I definitely want to try it some time.

    1. Don't be! I felt the same way before I tried it and when I started reading through the Colette patterns instructions and piecing the dress together.. I just kept thinking it was pure genious and simplified something that seemed scary and complicated!