Outfit of the Week - 25 January 2016
This week's outfit is a shift dress - Colette's Laurel. Save 10% on Laurel until noon on Monday, 1 February!
Here's what's inspired the outfit:
Laurel has a semi-loose fit: the shape is kept streamlined through fitted bust and back darts. Options include menswear-style patch pockets, 1960s-style gathered cuffs, a shortened blouse version, and underlining (for using lace and sheer fabrics). Colette also has a free bonus e-booklet on their website which includes instructions for nine more variations, including a sleeveless version, tiny ruffles on the neckline and a keyhole neckline! So, you can get a lot of mileage out of this pattern. It's also a pretty popular and well-reviewed pattern, with 49 reviews on PatternReview.com and 91% of the reviewers giving it a positive rating!
In line with the inspiration photos, I've chosen some of our crepes - three of our medium-weight Sibylle crepes and a new cream and black floral crepe. Crepe is a great choice for Laurel, as it will drape and hang nicely.
Black and cream floral crepe, red Sibylle crepe, ivory Sibylle crepe, navy Sibylle crepe
With the ivory Sibylle crepe, you will probably want to line or underline it (as it's not 100% opaque). The great thing is that Laurel includes instructions for using sheer fabrics and adding an underlining!
Wondering what the print will look like to scale? Through the magic of Photoshop...
There are some great styling suggestions in the inspiration photos. Doesn't the black and white floral dress in the first image look great with a long black coat overtop? I love this bold monochrome look. The boots really work well too. Instead of a coat, you could wear it with a long black cardigan.
I love the ruffles on the cream dress. For me, I would probably just want the elbow ruffles or the bottom ruffle - but that's the beauty of sewing: you can make it to suit you! Colette's Laurel comes with optional elbow ruffles. If you wanted to add a hem ruffle, this is actually pretty easy to do. Here's a tutorial.
Finally, I love the statement necklace on the last image. A plain-colour shift dress provides a perfect canvas for showing off a really beautiful statement necklace. You could also add a collar to the dress - like in the 2nd last image. You could adapt a collar from another dress pattern - or simply buy one of the great jewelled collars that are in the shops right now.
Reviews: 49 reviews on PatternReview.com; 91% of the reviews give it a positive rating!
Similar patterns: Named Inari; Liesl & Co. Cappuccino; Victory Hazel; Burda 7031
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