Along with gingham, polka dots will always hold a special place in my heart. In fact it's a daily battle to stop myself sewing every single thing I make in polka dots, I love them so. When I first saw the Colette Patterns Violet blouse pattern, with its super-cute Peter Pan collar, there was never any doubt what fabric I'd use for it! So without further ado, let me introduce you to Miss Violet..
I used a stretch cotton polka dot fabric I found in Cheltenham and vintage fish-eye buttons from eBay. In terms of construction, this is probably my favourite Colette pattern to date. Everything fits together perfectly, just like a jigsaw. It probably helps that the last few tops I've made have all been blouses with collars and facings, so it was pretty easy for me to get my head round the instructions from the start. It came together like a dream and I had no sizing issues. I made a size 8 (I'd say the equivalent of a UK size 12) and the only adjustment I made was to lengthen it by 1.5 inches. This was because I thought I'd like to wear it untucked, but actually the style of the blouse looks best tucked in on me. It's still wider at the waist than I'm used to and I was considering taking the side seams in but actually, once tucked in, it's more comfortable having that extra bit of room. I'm especially pleased with the fit across the bust and the shoulders - the two areas where I usually encounter problems.
I'm really pleased with it. I love the neat, feminine style and it has some really pretty details: back yoke gathers, slightly gathered sleeves and my personal favourite, a Peter Pan collar.
It's made me realise I need more higher waisted bottom halves in my wardrobe. I think I'm now in dire need of a black Ginger skirt... and a red one... x