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Colette Cinnamon Slip Dress

October 17, 2010

I finally got ’round to making my Colette Patterns Cinnamon Slip Dress…and I love it!

I got the pattern pack from the delightful Leah at Sewbox a little while back but have only just gotten around to making it. In fact, I cut the fabric out four or five weeks ago now to let it hang “overnight” as it is a bias cut slip. I suddenly found myself with lots to do so had to leave it for a while. I have to say, I was impressed that the fabric didn’t suddenly fray on me – satin has a habit of doing that – and it was in as good a shape when I came to finally sew it up.I suppose that’s the advantage of sewing on the bias.

One piece of advice – you will need a loop turner for this one. NEED one. I didn’t have one and my straps are kind of a mess – partly because they’re satin (and it frays really easily) and partly because i didn’t have a loop turner to make it that little bit easier.

As with all Colette patterns, I find them easy to sew because of the incredibly detailed and straightforward instructions. I specifically chose this pattern as my introduction to sewing on the bias for that very reason.

The pattern came together very quickly when it ws all cut out – sewing time was only an hour or two at most. I found myself quite impatient with having to wait overnight to let the fabric hang (but, as I mentioned above, it actually ended up being quite a lot longer than that). I had a little vintage lace (Not enough to adorn the whole slip, unfortunately) so I put one little strip around the centre. Whilst I was figuring out exactly what to do with the trimmings I had fun playing around with various other bits and bobs I have in my stash. I found it quite amazing the difference even different styles of lace in the same colour made to the overall effect of this slip. Of course, being the impatient dork I am I didn’t take any photos. Next time.

(I also roll-hemmed it to give it a little flare. Can I also say that this is a very big hit with my other half. Just in case that fact tips any of you from the fence to I’m-definitely-making-that territory)

Anyway, here is the fruit of my labour!


Front view - straps slightly misaligned. Oops!



Back view


And finally, even though i t looks like I did a full bust adjustment on this one – I didn’t. All you generous bosomed ladies out there – this is why we love Colette patterns!


Dodgy close up of the underbust lace


i have to say, I’m really considering more and more possibilities with this pattern. For some reason, my imagination has gone crazy with this one. I’m thinking sheer tops, slits up the sides, extra lace – all sorts of crazy things! If I make any more I will be sure to add it to our flickr so keep an eye on there.

  1. October 17, 2010 9:07 pm

    Hiya, this is gorgeous, well done! I love the lace trim, it really adds to it. Is it alright if I do a mini-blog feature linking back to this? Also would love it if you’d add the photo to my fledgling Flickr group, ? happy sewing… xx

  2. JuliaDBennett permalink
    October 17, 2010 9:30 pm

    Sure you can! I’m going to add the photos to Flickr as well in a mo. I can add it to the Colette groups as well then.

    I love the lace on it – it makes it look quite vintagey I think

  3. October 18, 2010 1:14 am

    Julia, I just wanted to say how gorgeous this looks! I can see why your other half likes it. 🙂

    • JuliaDBennett permalink
      October 18, 2010 7:11 am

      Thanks Sarai – i really love the pattern. And that satin just flows through your fingers: it’s gorgeous.

  4. October 23, 2010 4:45 am

    Wow, this is gorgeous. And you’re too funny! I fell in love with both the Cinnamon and Nutmeg as soon as they were released, but I’m terrified of the fabric! But seeing yours makes me a bit more courageous 🙂

    • JuliaDBennett permalink
      October 24, 2010 10:37 am

      Thanks Ali! I have to say, it’s much easier than I anticipated as well. Anything with the word “bias” in it scares me half to death but this was wodnerful. I’m going to make a few shrt versions for winter I think (for under clothes, obviously!)


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