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Finally, proof of sewing! And it’s not even black.
I finished my wool gabardine Laurel late December last year, and only shamefully had a chance to document it today. I haven’t worn it out yet, but it’s only because it is much too cold to wear dresses right now.
In full disclosure, I made two (!!) muslins of this before I was satisfied with it. I also cut it incorrectly the first time and had to sew it twice. I serged the seams, hand-basted the sleeves in, and hand-sewed the hem. All in all a lot more work than I’m used to and with much struggling, especially since I’ve turned to knits and never look back, but definitely well worth it.
Pattern review below.
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Pattern: Colette Laurel.
Pattern Sizing: 0-18.
Description: Jacket with skirt and peplum.
Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Fabric: Wool gabardine, with an invisible zipper.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, had I chosen to read them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is the second time I’ve made this pattern. I really like it, simple, yet versatile.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Yes, many. Lowered bust dart by 2 inches, shortened hem by 1 inch, lowered the neckline by 5/8 inch, removed 1 inch from the center back, made a narrow upper back adjustment, adjusted the sleeve cap and removed all the extraneous ease from it, and lengthened the sleeve to try to hide my sleeve (somewhat unsuccessfully.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely. I see many more Laurels in the future.