You know how you have those patterns on your must make list, but then you keep adding things to said list until it becomes so long and overwhelming you end up feeling a huge amount of guilt and FOMO everytime you look at it? Tell me I’m not alone.
Well, the Myrtle dress from Colette has been on that list for a long, looong time. I loved it so much when it came out; not many knit dress patterns make me think “glamourous”, but Myrtle is the exception; there is something about a draped cowl neckline that makes me feel like a real fancy lady. So, when April Rhodes asked me to participate in her new Observer Fabrics blog tour, I knew just what to make when this spectacular fabric arrived.
April Rhodes is one of my favorite fabric designers these days; she has a real knack for prints and this fabric is no exception. Paired with this pattern it kind of reminds me of the newsprint dress Carrie wore in Sex and the City, and I will take a SATC fashion reference any day of the week (I am embarrassed by how many times I have seen that show from start to finish, even though I would like to throw the second movie on the ashheap of history where it rightfully belongs).
I’ve said it before (here, to be more exact), but Art Gallery Fabrics makes the finest cotton spandex, ever. It’s extremely soft with a nice amount of body and is an utter delight to sew with. If you’re used to paying under $10 a yard for knits, the price may seem a little high but it’s absolutely worth it (I actually just bought a few more yards in different colourways off Fabric.com because I can’t get enough of it).
Normally I don’t wear things until I’ve photographed them for the blog, but I have to admit I’ve worn this dress repeatedly before I finally had a chance to take some snaps, praying I wouldn’t spill anything on it the whole time. The pattern itself is great, but I made a few changes. I tried on the bodice before sewing on the skirt and found it a little too wide for my narrow shoulders, so I ended up having to pinch out an inch through the center back to get it to fit. Thankfully it’s a knit so I just eased the excess of the skirt in, but I’ll re-draft the back the next time I make it. I am also quite happy with the flare of the skirt – this fabric has enough body to make it feel nice and full which is satisfying to swish around in. The bodice feels wide enough to easily slip on and off, so I would love to hack the bodice onto my Sallie Jumpsuit at some point or another.
The other change I made was to topstitch the pockets to the front of the dress – they felt a little loosey goosey without it. I might also raise the waist a half inch or so since it’s blousing a little more than I prefer.
If you’re as smitten with this fabric as I am, you can buy it here. I am also excited to dig into the shibori print voile April sent as well, but it will have to wait till spring since it would make the perfect warm weather dress.
Have you dipped into the Observer collection yet? I’ve loved everything everyone has been making with it; you can see the entire group on April’s blog.