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Colette Patterns, Penny Dress

By on October 27, 2017
Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

Modern with retro flair! The Colette Penny was my last summer hoorah before I transitioned over to Fall and Winter pieces.

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

This particular October in San Francisco has been super warm, so I’ve gotten the opportunity to wear this dress more frequently than I anticipated!

 

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

The vintage-inspired selling points for me were the following:

  • The cummerbund (super 50s and I love how it looks like my waist is smaller than it is haha!)
  • The A-line skirt (flattering and very 40s in its simplicity)
  • Buttons all the way to the top (very vintage-office-chic)

 

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

The change I would probably recommend right off the bat is…

to add hooks, rather than snaps, to the cummerbund “belt”, especially since it ends right where your arm might pop off the belt (having the hooks there just makes more sense to me, anyway!)

More detailed photos, including a How to Sew video over on my website. 

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Simplicity 1573 for summer

By on July 5, 2015

Simplicity 1573 collar complete

It’s midwinter for me at the moment, but I thought I would share a summer frock I completed a while back, Simplicity 1573 in a pretty floral cotton.

Simplicity 1573 pattern and fabric

This dress has such a gorgeous skirt!

Simplicity 1573

I love the shape of the shoulders too, the only trouble I had was with the cummerbund. It came out really bulky, so I’m back to the drawing board and will try another fabric for next summer. At the moment, I either use this wide white belt or a slim black belt.

Any suggestions for cummerbund success? (Just take a look at the shape of that shoulder…)

Simplicity 1573 bodice on manequin

 

Happy summer sewing!

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