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Ceylon Dress // Pattern Review

Why did I have to make those dresses last week? Why didn't you guys tell me making dresses would be so addicting? Like I need something else to suck up my time, but I just couldn't resist. About a year ago I purchased the Ceylon dress pattern by Colette Patterns. I knew someday I would like to make it, but I didn't have much time. The other day I decided to dig through all my patterns to take inventory and found this among my patterns. All night Friday I was thinking about making the dress trying to resist the urge, but Saturday I gave in. I used fabrics from my stash again, Metamorphosis from Cocoon by Valori Wells and a dark purple Sateen for the accents. IMG_0969-sm IMG_0972-sm

My Thoughts

I was expecting the dress to be hard, but I feel like it was comparable or slightly easier than the Clara dress. The pattern states that it is an intermediate pattern and I would agree with this. The purple accents on the bodice weren't  in the instructions I added them because I wanted to define those areas. To do this, I made single-fold bias binding in the purple fabric and glue basted the binding along the folded edges. Then I top stitched the pieces into place as the pattern instructs. I also added 1/8" purple binding to the sleeve as opposed to hemming them up. I tied in all the purple accents by making covered buttons in the same fabric. I used Dritz covered buttons, these don't need any special tool to assemble so I was able to make the buttons while watching a movie with my family.

Pattern Pros

  • Very organized, clean, well written pattern. As a graphic designer I appreciate the professional look of all the Colette Patterns and am more than willing to pay $18 for the beautifully printed version.
  • Awesome vintage retro inspired design.
  • Challenging, but not frustrating which in my book makes the perfect project. (With the exception of the buttons.)

Pattern Cons

  • I love the look of the buttons, but really 16 buttons?! Putting in all 16 button holes and sewing on the buttons was by far the most time-consuming part. My sewing machine really stinks at button holes so I was a little frustrated by this step.
  • I would prefer that the dress have pockets.
  • The sleeves are cute, but make moving around a bit difficult. I would prefer a small cap sleeve instead.
  • I had one pattern piece (K) turn out too long. I thought maybe I cut the wrong size, but that wasn't the case. I was able to use the piece anyways and trim off the excess. I am not sure if this was my fault or if there is an issue with piece K in size 0.
Overall this is another pattern I would happily suggest to you. My biggest advice is to approach the pattern with no hesitation or fear, then you will have a much easier experience.


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  • Leslie says...

    You did a fabulous job with this…looks professionally done and I LOVE the fabric!

    On August 27, 2014

  • Malini says...

    This dress looks awesome. Actually look wise I love this one better than the other dress.
    But like you said the piping really adds to the beauty of the bodice. Also love this fabric you choose.

    Sleeves agree, shorter cap sleeves would look great. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    On August 21, 2014

  • dianna says...

    Oh! I love a new dress pattern. And, this is sooooo cute! Couldn’t help myself. Guess, I, too, have this sewing dresses bug.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Agnes says...

    The dress is lovely on you. I agree that cap sleeves would have been nicer. Could you have gotten into the dress with only 1/3 or half the buttons? Just wondering if you could have just had buttons there aesthetically without actual button holes.

    On August 21, 2014

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