The Dorothy Macaron…

by Jennifer Lauren

in Dresses

As I was editing these photos, it occurred to me that this Colette Patterns Macaron looks a little like a modern version of Dorothy’s dress from The Wizard of Oz and that I really should have worn red shoes with it. Oh well, now I know what I’m going as to my next costume party, I just need to borrow a Toto from someone (can a black cat play Toto? We picked them up yesterday, hooray!!)…

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I love this pattern, but first off, can we talk about the pockets? In-pleat pockets are officially my favourite kind of pocket! My mind is blown as to why I have never used them before, as it is, I’m quite sure I see a few Macaron skirts in my future. As some of the other challenge participants noted, the skirt is much more of a tulip shape than the pattern pictures make out and to be honest, that’s why I love it. The soft pleats are very flattering across your tummy when you’ve had a big lunch and they hide the deep pockets so well, you could keep all number of curiosities in them and no one would know.

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I underlined the yolk/sleeve fabric with a plain white cotton to stop it being as see through and replaced the neck facing with white bias binding that I hand stitched to the underlining.

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Overall, I found this pattern lovely to work with. The combination of fabrics you could choose for the dress are endless as well as the number of different changes you could make.┬áThe instructions are easy to follow and the dress doesn’t use a lot of fabric. In fact, I loved making this pattern so much that I hopped straight back to it and made a second Macaron for the Sew Weekly Reunion Challenge right after I was done with this first version.
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For more pictures and construction details, head on over to my blog Jennifer Lauren.

xx
Jen

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Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 2:36 am

As cute as a button, the attention to detail is superb, loving the diamond shaping on the yoke matching the check of the actual dress. Very impressive!

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Bella September 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Nothing wrong w/ looking like Dorothy! This is just great & I may need one myself. Love the white fabric up top…is it a special type? And what a great idea to place it on the diagonal!

I also like your faux Liberty Macaron, too.

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Jennifer Lauren September 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thanks so much Bella :) The cotton is a plain pin tucked white cotton that I found at my local fabric store. It wasn’t very expensive but was tucked away with the ‘fancy’ cottons.

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Nomorewars September 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

So gorgeous!! I’m jealous!

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Meg September 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Super cute!

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