Friday, 26 April 2013

My second Colette Laurel


Oh dear. I said in my last post that I had more Laurels planned, but even I'm surprised that I started on my next one almost immediately. I think there may be at least another three Laurels in my head. I'd quite like to make a few from light-weight cottons as, as much as I'd like my life to be one that accommodates wearing silk at all times, the reality is that cotton would be a more practical option much of the time. 


This one has a completely look and feel as I've used a plain fabric and made the piping on the collar and binding at the sleeves the main feature. The other thing I've done differently is to raise the neckline a little to accommodate a proper Peter Pan collar, rather than one that's attached with bias binding (this is how I attached the collar for my last Laurel)


The silk has been sandblasted, which gives it a finish that has a semi-matt lustre, a manageable hand and a slightly faded look to the colour - I love it. It's the most wonderful fabric, but not without a few problems. Firstly, it will expose the slightest mark, so I'll probably wear it when we're going out for drinks, rather than dinner (which may cause images of Paddington with marmalade on his paws to spring to mind, but it would be precisely when wearing a top like this that a stray olive would choose to hurl itself at me and roll down my top). The sandblasted silk sews beautifully on the machine where its own weight is supported on the bed of the machine, but it's less forgiving when hand-sewing and when I hemmed it by hand I found I had to be incredibly careful not to cause tiny runs to form in the fabric by pulling on the thread with too much force.


It is so lovely to finally have a go-to pattern that I know is going to just work in every way and fit reliably well each time I make it. I have some Nani Iro that I've been so reticent to cut into, but I'm now pondering a Laurel dress.

It's Friday, the weekend is almost here and we have cake in the house to celebrate my father's retirement later today (his retirement has been on the verge of happening for several years but he has always agreed to stay on a little longer at the last minute. I feel quite disbelieving that he isn't just announcing a retirement to have a quick pitstop for cakes, before picking up his briefcase and heading back off to the City again). I will not be wearing either of my Laurels because of the Paddington/marmalade problem. Cake eating is just such a time when a Laurel in voile or cotton would be perfect.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Florence x

23 comments:

  1. Lovely! This pattern has been a bit addictive for me as well, I need to take a break!

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    1. I've just left a comment on your blog - your Laurels are beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful. It's fantastic when you know you have a pattern that works as you can cut into precious fabric knowing it will all be ok. Look forward to the next one x

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    1. I know, I feel I've been looking for it for quite a long time!

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  3. It's lovely and looks so completely different. I think I'm going to have to try making another one with shorter sleeves now....enjoy your (Dad's!) cake x

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    1. Thank you, Sonia! I'm tempted to go in the other direction too now - I'd quite like one with sleeves that finish at the wrist.

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  4. Can you tell me where you bought such lovely silk? The colour is amazing!

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    1. I'm so sorry to give such an irritatingly vague answer, Lena, but I bought it in one of the many fabric shops that line Goldhawk Road nearly a year ago - I'm unsure which shop it was or if they still stock it.

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  5. I downloaded the pattern weeks ago and need to cut it out and start making as it looks lovely when it's finished. Hopefully I will become 'addicted to it too'!!

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  6. This is another beautiful blouse!

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  7. thats gorgeous...great work

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  8. I love both your blouses and can't wait to see more!

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  9. Both blouses really are beautiful and fit you so well x

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  10. I love this version! The color combination is perfect, and that silk is really amazing. You've got a great eye!

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  11. Ah, another lovely one, Florence! What's the cleaning regime for these silks? Do they have to be dry-cleaned? I've got some fine green silk my grandmother gave me and I can't figure out if I should make something that will only been worn on very special occasions (and then dry-cleaned, yuck) or something that can be worn for semi-special occasions and hand-washed. x

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    1. I'm guessing dry-clean only? Certainly for the sand-blasted silk. I may attempt a cold handwash for the Liberty print silk though.

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  12. This is so lovely !
    I love the colour & style .
    I have some sandblasted silk tops & they have fallen prey to the Paddington /marmalade fate . Warm to hot water & quite soapy spot massage usually fixes it.
    I am a total grub :)

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  13. A really nice pattern and I adore gray! very nice.

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  14. I am a beginner dressmaker really, I can follow a pattern and have made two Laurels, now I want to try adding a Peter Pan collar to make a sleeveless shift dress. I am unsure how to attach the collar to the dress though! I notice in your first beautiful top that you still use bias binding, but not in this one. Would you consider doing a post please on how you attached it and also self-drafting the collar itself? We beginners would love to learn from some one much more experienced like yourself!

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    1. I'll put it on my (very long) to-do list and hopefully will do it before the summer is over. Thank you for letting me know what you'd like to see here. x

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  15. Thank you for all your lovely comments. x

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Florence x