laurel dress as a fall jumper

by Dorie on April 16, 2013

colette laurel as jumper

I made a dress—a jumper actually—not because I particularly need one or have been dreaming of one, but because I stumbled, via the powers of the internet, on Colette’s new Laurel pattern and the whopping contest they’re putting on to go with the launch. So, fun contest came at the same time as my annual spring itch to sew garments, and the rest is history

The jumper is made from a really cute brown corduroy with a sweet little acorn pattern. I love this fabric, and whenever I say corduroy in my head I also say “cloth of kings”. It is very soft. I bought it at Joann’s years ago to make pants for my little girl, back when she was a little girl. I tried to make a tova top from it in January, but I didn’t have enough yardage. So really, the jumper felt like a solution. It was the garment I could make with this fabric, and yes, isn’t it nice that there’s a fall category in the contest? It all fit.

colette laurel jumper dress back

But does the dress fit? Yes, mostly. I made a muslin, and from that I thought I needed to shorten the waist. I did this for the jumper, but it’s not quite right. I probably needed to do a small bust adjustment instead, which I’ll do for the next one. This was my first Colette pattern. I hadn’t tried one before because I thought of them as patterns that look really cute on people with large busts. Laurel seemed more forgiving than the others in this way. The pattern instructions were good and the extra info on the Colette site was great. This is the best zipper and blind hem that I have ever done, thanks to those tutorials.

Will it get worn? I don’t know. It might be a little too sweet … acorn corduroy I bought for my 7-year-old and all.


molly::applecyder April 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

It’s adorable. You are adorable. I can’t believe you have a daughter who isn’t small anymore.

Dorie April 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thanks, Molly! And heck, I can’t believe it either!

erin April 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

i bought that pattern, too. i think i’m going to start with the blouse version in voile for myself. your jumper has me thinking about making one for kate.

Dorie April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

she would be so cute in a jumper!

Alix April 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Such a great version – Perfect for fall! I was on the fence about making a Laurel, but your version may have pushed me to giving it a go!

Dorie April 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks Alix!

Megan April 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I think the jumper is cute and I don’t think it’s too sweet. The acorns work for grownups as well!

Dorie April 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thank you!

howtobejenna April 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

You should definitely wear this adorable jumper. How about with a belted cardigan?! Also, you are beautiful.

Dorie April 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

Cardigan – yes. And thank you 😉

Cherie April 20, 2013 at 7:39 am

This is really cute, Dorie! And you should definitely wear it…to our next guild meeting!

Dorie April 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thanks Cherie!

Julianne April 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I know what you mean about a jumper being too sweet. I’ve made a corduroy jumper as well, and although I knew it was cute I felt it was too cutesy to actually wear, and so passed it on. However, you have styled yours with a lot of sophistication, and although it is sweet it isn’t saccharine. The striped shirt underneath is sharp!

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