This is my second attempt at getting the sizing right for a Laurel by Colette. This one went a lot faster as I didn’t bother to trace a paper pattern, but just traced it right onto the wrong side of the fabric. I used Sarel transfer paper that comes in a roll. I bought it at an art store for my drawing and painting projects, but it works magnificently for tracing a pattern.
As I am still trying to get the sizing right, I made this dress up in another thrifted fabric. It’s really a lovely piece of the lightest lavender color with a lacy woven design. I trimmed it with vintage lavender bias tape from J.C. Penneys. It really helped pull the lavender color out of the fabric. My daughter was able to try it on during our last visit together, so that I could mark the hem.
I had to take pictures of the finished dress without a model, so I hope you can imagine how cute it is on Leah.
Encouraged by my success, I wanted to make one for myself. I carefully selected the sizes that I thought would work for my body according to the measurements. I went with the 8 on the top, and graded out to a 10 through the hips. Thinking that it would fit correctly, I cut and sewed it up. I liked the color scheme and design of the fabric with the border around the bottom. I thought the laurel pattern would be a perfect canvas to set it off.
Disaster! I could barely get it over my hips and the armcycles were way too small! Disappointed, because I love the piece of fabric I chose, I almost didn’t even bother to finish it. Then I noticed that the size 8 was not too much bigger than the size 4, the lavender one you see in this post. I decided to slim it down a bit, in the hopes that Leah would fit into it and want to wear it. Here are a few pictures of my third and maybe my last Laurel, at least for a while.
So, should I attempt another one? I’m not so sure. I’m beginning to wonder if the style is more of a junior design and not meant for a more mature figure. Has anyone else found this to be true? I’m fairly average in proportions, usually wearing a misses size 12-14 in most patterns.
Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
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