Behind the Seams: The ‘Floraide’ Frock

It’s Colette Patterns Week (Yay!) at TSW Challenge and each of us gets to sew a different dress. I chose to sew the Oolong but was surprised that very few people have attempted this sewing pattern after I googled it. I’ve seen numerous versions of the Macaron, Ceylon, Roobois, Chantilly and Parfait but very few Oolong. The completed Oolong dresses I’ve found were made by Colour by Number, Pleasant View Schoolhouse, Hazel Agnes and As I said. That’s it?

Check out my TSW post and the girls’ versions of the popular Colette Pattern dresses here or get the discount code and make your own! You can also join TSW Sewing Circle and post on the forum to win the dress patterns.

Have you tried sewing from a Colette Pattern? Which is your favorite?

Pattern Review


I found the Oolong sewing pattern to be pretty easy to sew. The important part is in the cutting as every pattern piece is cut on the bias making the fabric kind of stretchy. For the same stretchy reasons, it was also essential to let the fabric rest after cutting and to hang the dress overnight before finishing the hem.

This is a slip on dress with no zipper, no buttons, no button holes. With the clear and detailed instruction booklet from Colette Patterns, I feel that this is a suitable dress for a beginner though it is graded as an intermediate project.

Based on past experience with Colette Patterns, I sewed a size 6, which I knew would be a good fit and true enough, I did not need to make any modification for this dress.  My favorite part has to be the bodice  which is ruched vertically at the center front. It is also hard to believe that such a flattering dress can be made as an easy slip on garment. I really felt fabulous in it, as with all Colette Patterns dresses I have made so far!

Thumbs up, definitely!

The Gallery

As my sewing machine only returned from the Brother Service Centre last Wednesday afternoon, I only had last Thursday and Friday to work on the dress. The photos too were taken at the last minute and as usual I relied on my not so trusty tripod.  I always wondered if the tripod which is shorter than me (it’s only at my waist) when fully extended distorts the way the garments looked and if one my height would show it more accurately. Do you use a tripod? What do you think?

To reduce my anxiety and to escape from all those neighbors I bumped into during my last photo shoot for the Blue Garden Frock (I am seriously fearful of bumping into them again!!!), I went to a quiet corner between two blocks and away from the main paths. Being alone really helps and I felt more relaxed for the shoot.

The bathroom close up shots…

Tackling the V Neck

I remembered some requests on how to tackle the V-neck coming in last year and since I’m finally making a V-neck with facing this time, I thought I should document how I did it so I could share them.

Step 1: Iron on fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the facings.

Step 2: Stitch the facing pieces together, right sides facing. Press the seam allowance open.

Step 3: Press the lower seam in twice and zig zag stitch or if you have a serger, just serge (I’m jealous:P)

Step 4: Pin and stitch facing to neckline, right sides facing, matching notches and seams.

Step 5: Notch corners (at v neck and seam turnings) and clip along the seam. Trim seam allowance.

Step 6: Turn facings to inside of the garment and press the neckline flat.

Step 7: Top stitch neckline.

We are done:)

I hope you are having a splendid week! It’s March already and I almost forgot there are fewer days in February. Phew! Good thing my mum reminded me as Made-Me-March 2011 started yesterday so I will be doing weekly or twice weekly blogs on them:)