^ piping ^
^ in-seam pockets ^
When Colette Patterns first announced the Laurel Sewing Competition my mind exploded with ideas: pockets, panels, piping, lace inserts, 60s shifts and more. I'd been looking for a good shift dress pattern and along came this delicious design with a side of insanely-good-prize-motivation.
Then... I signed up for me-made-may and got a job, so my excess time evaporated and my need for staple items began to outweigh my desire to wear crazy panelled dresses. Instead, I opted for a tutti-frutti coloured Laurel with contrasting piping and pockets. Add a cute blazer and you've got yourself a casual friday outfit. BAM! That's one me-made day done yo.
So it's not the competition entry it could have been but at least it meets the criteria unlike, ahem, a certain megan dress that shall not be discussed. So that's an improvement, right?
Also, it's 'Autumn' and the sun is shining and I'm wearing a short dress. If you ever wanted an excuse to visit Brisbane, please see above.
The pattern: Colette Laurel
Fabric: Cotton (both floral and blue fabrics)
Changes: Moved bust darts, removed the zip, lengthened the back by 1cm, added piping bias tape on the neck and arms (I used Casey's tutorial), and added in-seam pockets
Next time: After wearing this dress
Worn with: Sunshine, bitches.