It was so rewarding to sew a pattern that felt personable and unique and full of "indie" crafting spirit (yes, that's you, Colette Patterns). Honestly, how great is their product packaging? On a more technical level the directions were more than easy to understand. My biggest recommended change? Sew the pockets to the skirt front BEFORE you sew the skirt to the bodice. I did this and I can only imagine how much easier it was to handle while sewing.
There were also some slight fit issues, which seem to be somewhat common. I cut the bodice in a size 6 (according to finished garment bust measurements) and graded to a size 8 for the waistline fit. I also took quite a large seem allowance under the arm, and the bodice still seems to be slightly roomy through the armhole opening. Should I have taken an even larger yet side seem here? Aside from this minor fit problem under the arms, the fit is great. The v-neck doesn't gape open, the waistband fits perfect, as does the skirt, and the short length keeps the dress young and casual. I'm a particular fan of the button-tab shoulder straps and front pockets:
This dress made its debut last week with a trip to the National Gallery of Art. So I was certainly feeling rather artsy on that day. I also have the Macaroon pattern waiting for the right fabric to come along. Having had such great success with Parfait I am especially excited to make a second Colette Patterns dress.