I’ve had this paper pattern for a few years now. When I first bought it I had a go at making the dress, which didn’t go so well due my lack of experience in fitting patterns. This time I decided to make the 3/4 sleeve top using a lightweight denim.
“The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined”. The Laurel by Colette Patterns
Making this garment has also enabled me to have a go at improving some of my sewing techniques. I’ve used French seams on the sides of the garment, and flat and fell seam for the back seam which is a nice decorative feature.
Instructions for s French Seam – Reader’s Digest, Complete Guide to Sewing (see photograph above)
- With wrong sides of fabric together stitch 10 mm from the edge of the fabric.
- Trim seam allowance to 3 mm.
- Press seam open.
- Fold right sides together and stitched line exactly on the fold. Press again and stitch on seam line – 3 mm from the fold. Press seam to one side (I folded it to the back of the garment.
The only down sides was I realised I had sniped my markers a little close to the seam – I am hoping this won’t mean the seams separate after washing and wearing a few times, but we will see.
Here is the Laurel prior to inserting the sleeves. I particularly like the darts along the back of the bodice which give a little shape to the waist.
I finished the neck and cuffs with bias tape. This time I ironed the tape rather than using the little bias tape maker as I wasn’t sure I could pull the denim through it. One thing I noticed about working with denim was it marked quite easily – by that I mean when I unpicked it, which I did a few times, a line of little thread marks were left behind.
The finished garment works really well. I am a huge fan of 3/4 length sleeves, and I love how denim can be used to make a smart semi-fitted top which I could wear for work.
The Colette Laurel is recommended as a beginners pattern, and I found this to be so. The instructions are really easy to follow, especially as it has a limited number of pattern pieces. Each pattern comes with web-links to a range of tips and additions designed to encourage you to make the garment your own. I love the idea of using this pattern again and modifying it to make a very different garment.
Heres to more Laurel’s in the further