Fashion Sewing

The Colette Violet Blouse

August 5, 2011

Remember when I posted about buying this fabric a few weeks ago? It’s kind of funky and fun, eh?

Well, it got made into this!

Ta-da, my first shirt! I’m pretty proud, can you tell?

I used the Colette Pattern for the Violet Blouse that I also picked up on the same weekend trip. This was my first time using a Colette Pattern… and I have to say that I loved it! The patterns are quite a bit pricier than those that you can buy at your neighborhood fabric store (and more difficult to find – check the smaller specialty fabric stores in your area or you can order online), but if all of them are like this one, they are worth a little bit of a splurge. The pattern comes with a cute little booklet that has excellent step-by-step instructions and suggestions while you are making your garment and even has a glossary of a lot of the terms in the back for reference. When you are finished with your pattern pieces you can just fold them up and stick them in the mini folder in the back of the pattern booklet.

As far as modifying the pattern, I used the alternate button loop modification for the blouse as shown here and one of those Dritz fabric button covering kits for the buttons.

I would definitely use this pattern again. I plan to try it in another type of fabric in the future. Next time though, I think that I will add a few more inches to the shirt length to make it just a bit longer. If you are long-waisted then I would recommend adding a few inches to the bottom hem on the pattern beyond what is labeled otherwise it may be too short for you.

If you are new to sewing or have been intimidated by garment patterns in the past, then I highly recommend trying these. Between the nifty little pattern booklets and this book for reference I think that you would be all set to sew one of these patterns. I’m sure that more experienced sewers will love them as well. All of the patterns are so cute!

I can’t wait to try another one of these patterns. I picked up the Macaron during the same trip and I also have my eye on the Ginger skirt as well – I’m thinking a dark denim one for fall.

Have you ever tried these patterns?

Have a great weekend!

  • Dolly Pop!

    Wow. It looks so good. I really wish to learn sewing too, Juli.

  • Andrea

    Your Violet blouse is awesome! I love the burst of colour and the combination of the plain collar. Really stunning!

  • Alessa

    It’s very cute, I love the fabric! I’ve only made the Crepe dress from Colette Patterns until now, but I also have a Macaron on my to sew list! :) You’re right, the instructions are sooo much better than other patterns I’ve tried…