Thursday, October 3, 2013

The green crèpe-Laurel Dress

Colettes Laurel Dress has been around for a while now, and I must admit, my liking for this pattern was`nt exactly instantly there. It took me quite a while to appreciate it, since I was surtain it would give a sort of a stomach-highlighting silhouette. But then I kept seeing more and more of these Laurels on Pinterest, especially Julia`s and Lexi`s, and Sue`s versions! They are just adorable!
Maybe theres something about the Laurel Dress afterall that`s worth it? I mean, If mine could only look like theirs! So, off I went to the cutting table, right after I bought the PDF pattern at Collettes.

I had about 4 yards with a green, thin, crepe fabric that I bough a couple of months ago. It was originally ment for a dress for my mother at my sisters wedding, but plans changed. And the fabric has just been laying there.

Just let me tell you; cutting thin crèpe is NOT an easy thing! It moves ALL over!
But the dress was very easy to put together! No worries there!
I had read that some people had difficulties whit the fitting of the Laurel, and having to move darts and stuff.
I did`nt have to go there, because it fitted just super:)

I interfaced the neckline whit a matching biastape, and handstitched it in place on the inside.
I have found this to be a very relaxing and allmost meditating part of the process. I get in to my own little bubble when I am consentrating on getting the stitches right, making shure they dont show on the outside.
Is this just me?? 

Lets see some pictures!

Oh yea.... I made pockets.... This must have been the hardest and most time consuming part of the whole pattern! I guess the crepe fabric made it extra difficult. 

I should hold on, in case I should fall... or something...
By the way, the scarf is allso me-made. (finally! I got that on record...)

I used a couple of vintage buttons from my grandmothers BIG buttonstash, wich I inheritated. 
I think the button and lace makes an interesting detail on a pretty forward dress like the Laurel.

Well, this definitely calls for many more Laurels!  The options are endless! Just take a look at all the verions on Pinterest for example!


  1. Your Laurel turned out fabulous - the colour, detailing and the fit are spot on. Like you, I enjoy the meditative nature of hand sewing. Thanks for the mention! ;-)

  2. It's lovely - I adore the colour (and well done on taming your unruly crepe!) - the pockets are a great feature & the lace & buttons perfect accents - nice work! - and yes, I find handstitching quite mediative as well, but somehow, it's never quite as neat as I imagine ;)

  3. What a beautiful way to use your grandmother's buttons! Your styling of the dress is adorable.

  4. Thank you for youre nice comments:)

  5. Cute! I love the pockets. You're much braver than I am, working with that crepe!

  6. Thanks Sue:) the pockets were quite terrifying:s haha...


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