As you know, I’m passionate about getting more plus size women sewing and blogging, and so of course I was over the moon to hear that Colette is moving into plus sizes, which means no more grading up for yours truly. I was so excited in fact that I got in touch with Sarai, and together with Alyson – who designed the new patterns – she kindly agreed to support a plus size blog tour. Curvy sewists are often missed out from pattern testing and pattern launch blog tours, so a massive thanks to Colette for being ahead of the game! Full blog tour dates are below.
Colette have launched two new patterns: the Moneta, a knit dress, and the Mabel, a knit skirt (which comes in mini and pencil variations). I’ve made both, but first up today is the Moneta (and stay tuned for my Mabel).
And here she is. I’m in love!
|Pose blatantly stolen from Ping!|
The other cool thing is that Alyson has a couple of different suggestions for how to gather the waistline – something I’d never done on a knit before. I tried to do the clear elastic route first, but it didn’t really work for me (I think because my elastic wasn’t high enough quality). So instead, I did gathering with basting first, and then I put in a piece of “proper” elastic (not sure what else to call it!) to help stabilize the waistline and stop it stretching out.
*Update* In response to some questions I’ve seen around the blogosphere – this is a very gently gathered skirt, as you may be able to see from the pictures. I’m not a big fan of gathers usually but this was just the right amount. You can also spread them out to suit your figure – I made fewer gathers in the front (over my tummy) and had them more at the sides, which looked best on me.
I made a straight XL and it fit me *perfectly*. A-mazing. Seriously, when you’re plus size and you don’t have to make any changes at all, that’s a TNT in the making. I want to try sleeves, different lengths, different collars…
If you’re wondering about the photoshoot location, Rebecca (guest-starring Cashmerette!) and I are both in grad school (yes, on top of my job…) so we decided to head down to the historic campus in Cambridge and catch the last late afternoon light. The yard provides great backdrops but also a huge audience of tourists – on one occasion, Rebecca was taking a photo of me, while someone was taking a photo of Rebecca taking the photo, and someone else… yeah! The probably just assumed I was a celebrity, right?
We also tested out my two new trial cameras, and it looks like the new Canon SL1 with a 50mm/1.4 lens won, because all these photos are from that camera 🙂
|Dress by me. Pattern by Colette. Necklace by Barneys. Belt (plus size) from JCrew.com. Shoes by MaraisUSA.|
As you can probably tell, I’m really pleased with my Moneta and I can already tell it’s going to be in heavy rotation this spring and summer. And now that Boston has seen to grace us with nice weather, that might just be pretty soon…
It’s been such a blast working with Sarai, and putting this tour together. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with! Are you planning on making the new Moneta and Mabel patterns readers? What are your fabric plans?
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