Tuesday 15 November 2016

The Folded Line // Latest Make- Pleated Colette Zinnia Skirt

Earlier in the summer I decidedly steered my collective day dreams of mid-length skirts into one sure direction and eventually realised this into a navy, cotton, pleated wonder with the help of the cute as a button Zinnia pattern by Colette Patterns.

I purchased the PDF version of this pattern from their dreamy website and opted for a zip fastening version, with in-seam pockets and of course the knee length option, in a navy blue light weight cotton.

I found the instructions a pleasure to work with and made good use of their handy videos available for refining particular methods of construction and overall I was incredibly happy with the finished garment. The pattern pieces were clear, the measurements and fabric/ notions requirements were spot on and the instructions were super simple to follow. After constructing my first piece of clothing using Colette Patterns, I can confidently say that I look forward to choosing another of their designs to whip up!

I loved the process of marking up and stitching the pleats, something so satisfying about the precision needed and the final result gives a crisp, uniform pleat working wonders with this light weight cotton!

The interfacing I used for the waistband was meant for a much heavier fabric and therefore is a little on the bulky side, serves me right for taking the lazy option and using all that was left of my supply, but it does hold it's shape nicely! Next time I make this skirt, whether I use an invisible zip or the button up option, I will certainly opt for a regular interfacing.

I can't wait to make this skirt up in all kinds of differing fabrics and colours and really look forward to trying out the button up version. This skirt has such a flattering silhouette as the waist band nips in nicely balancing out a wider hip, the pleats are petite and skim over the stomach falling into a gentle shape landing just above the knee.

What have you guys been making/ wearing lately? Are you a fan of Colette Patterns? Feel free to throw any suggestions my way of other patterns by Colette or similar companies.

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