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Laurel Dress

Shannon threw up a challenge for me.  To sew up a Laurel Dress by today and blog about it.  I can’t turn down that!

I saw her post about planning for her dress, and I was pretty struck by the Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns.  It’s a beautiful shift dress with some beautiful shaping darts, cute sleeves, and a invisible zip.  Looked like the perfect Easter Dress to me.  Plus I love it when you see that perfect pattern and know exactly what fabric you want to use with it.  So I picked up some of this lovely linen polka dot fabric at my local quilt shop.  It’s really a beautiful fabric and washed up so nicely.

I chose to make View 3 with an underlining.  I just used batiste as recommended in the pattern.  I’m glad I chose the interlining with this fabric, it really makes it nice and substantial feeling and gives it good body.

I made my own bias tape, which I love doing, it just adds a little something special.  This wasn’t a quick sew for me.  In fact, I think in total I spent about 6 hours from printing the pattern to the finished dress.  I guess I’m used to completing a garment in 2-3 hours, but I am really pleased by the overall look and fit of this dress, it’s so comfy and yet, not boxy!  Love that.

I also did a blind hem on my machine,  each time I try a blind hem I mess up, rip it out and redo it, one of these days I’ll remember how things go (hopefully!).  I love the look of the blind hem though, especially on this type of dress.

Pattern: Laurel by Colette Patterns, available as an instant download or paper pattern
Size: 4, I went off the given measurements, fits perfectly, I made it slightly longer just because I didn’t want to feel like it was too short
Other notes: Finished all seams with serger, bias tape neckline, used an underlining as recommended for shear fabrics
Fabric: Linen polka dot purchased at Olive Juice Quilts

Go check out Shannon’s Laurel Dress here, she looks amazing in it!!!

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32 Responses to Laurel Dress

  1. luvinthemommyhood 03.28.2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Gorgeous m’dear! You look beautiful and that fabric is just as stunning as you! <3

  2. Celestial 03.28.2013 at 1:04 pm #

    This is so cute. Love the fabric you chose.

    (yes, I’m delurking to comment!)

  3. Jeni 03.28.2013 at 1:06 pm #

    AHHHHH! SO perfect for that fabric! It’s gorgeous on you!

  4. Andrea from The Train To Crazy 03.28.2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Looks fantastic, Anna!

  5. Amy Friend 03.28.2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Love it! You look beautiful in it.

  6. JuneBug 03.28.2013 at 1:59 pm #

    6 hours seems so fast to me :) Looks great, and comfortable – great details on the dress and you look fabulous in it!

  7. Sew Much Ado 03.28.2013 at 2:04 pm #

    It’s beautiful Anna! And so are you!

  8. Megan 03.28.2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Ohhh! Nice fabric choice. Love that snow behind you too :0

  9. Muckeltiger 03.28.2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Beautyful!! The dress, the fabrics, the snow, the sun, you!
    Thank you for sharing and keeping me wanting to sew more for myself!
    (and excuse my bad english)

    greetings from bavaria, where snow is (almost) gone!

  10. Deborah Hamilton 03.28.2013 at 2:34 pm #

    That’s very pretty. I really like the sleeves.

  11. beki 03.28.2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Super cute! I’m gonna try to give it a go this weekend (hopefully the stars will align ;-).

  12. mle 03.28.2013 at 4:03 pm #

    How lovely! I keep adding adorable dresses to my queue, someday I will get to them.

  13. Rae 03.28.2013 at 4:07 pm #

    So gorgeous!!! Love it!!


  14. kristin 03.28.2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Really gorgeous, Anna! Love that it’s multiseasonal too. You’ll get a lot of wear out of this one!

  15. Vanessa 03.28.2013 at 6:30 pm #

    look at you all fancy!! looks great. oh and i wish i could sew anything in 6 hours, lol.

  16. Veronika Auka V. 03.28.2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Ou, it´s very nice dress!!! Good Luck and much inspiration:-)

  17. Katy Cameron 03.28.2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Love the fabric you chose, it looks great!

  18. Krista 03.28.2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Beautiful dress! You look great in it!

    I bought this pattern. Afraid to try it, but it’s on my list of things to do (and wear) once I’m done nursing.

  19. Jess@craftiness is not optional 03.28.2013 at 11:55 pm #

    super cute Anna! Love the wintery photo shoot!

  20. elephantinthestudy 03.29.2013 at 2:21 am #

    Its really beautiful and you look beautiful! It’s the first time I am leaving a comment but I really like the kind of stuff you make and have just bought a patterns to make a bag. Can’t wait to try it!

  21. dottycookie 03.29.2013 at 4:43 am #

    The linen is lovely and perfect for such a beautiful dress.

  22. Ines 03.29.2013 at 6:36 am #

    You look so pretty!
    Wonderful dress.

    Greetings Ines

  23. holly | bijou lovely 03.29.2013 at 10:03 am #

    Gorgeous dress Anna! That polka dot linen is amazing, I want some! This pattern looks great, I’m going to have to check it out. You look beautiful :)

  24. amandajean 03.29.2013 at 3:29 pm #

    It looks amazing on you!!! And in 6 hours?!? That’s impressive. Nice work, as usual.

    Is there anything you can’t do?!?!!

  25. Cindy 03.29.2013 at 5:12 pm #

    So pretty, Anna! Love the fabric and it looks great on you!:)

  26. 3Ms +1N 03.29.2013 at 11:54 pm #

    cute! cute! I want one- but I bet it would take me waay longer than 6 hours! 😉
    nice work, as usual!

  27. Delia 04.02.2013 at 3:07 pm #

    You are beautiful as is this top. Very nice job my friend! The polka dot linen is perfection.

  28. Ostenfelder Nähstube 04.03.2013 at 9:57 am #

    Lovely dress. I like it so much.

  29. Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts 04.05.2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Oh such a lovely dress on you. You’re so pretty Anna!

  30. Jill 04.07.2013 at 4:06 am #

    What a fab dress, love the fabric you’ve chosen.

  31. dana 04.10.2013 at 12:07 am #

    gorgeous Anna. You are so beautiful and love the way the light picks up the red tones in your hair. Pretty!

  32. Sosae 08.23.2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I was on the fence about this pattern until I saw your blog/photos. Wow! So classy and pretty!

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