Featured Seamstress: Alessa


Name: Alessa

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern Used: Crepe

Blog: Farbenfreude

Her post about the pattern: First Few Days of May

What kind of fabric did you use? A quilting cotton in red with white polka dots from the Holland Fabric Market, and a softer white cotton for the tie and facings.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I made the dress in early spring, feeling very weary of winter, so I wanted it to be fun and bright, a spot of color to chase away the winter gloom. Red is one of my favorite colors, and I also have a thing for polka dots, so this fits the bill perfectly.

What thoughts do you have about the project? It’s my Happy Dress: wearing it makes me happy every time! Aside from the fabric, I really love the sweetheart neckline, the little kimono cap sleeves and the bow, which make for such a pretty dress. Also: pockets! In fact I love it so much, I made a second one in navy-and-white gingham with a red bow during exam week, to keep me from going crazy with all the revision.

Thanks, Alessa!

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

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Comments 9

charlottepb charlottesewfarsewgood.blogspot.com

Alessa it’s great to see you here, BRILLIANT! I love the dress, I’m planning to make this, this spring myself. x x x


It looks great.The funny thing is I have the that fabric!You have such good taste! It is a perfect cold and snowy day for me to sew.My husband and I will be on a vacation at the end of this week,s0 this dress will be perfect for our sunny destination.

Marie asewingodyssey.blogspot.com

This is lovely, no wonder it makes you feel happy! I’m also really pleased to have discovered your beautiful blog and have now become a follower ;o)


I love polka dots and red polka dots are the best! Beautiful dress :)

Leila threedresses.wordpress.com

I love your dress and the fact that it’s something that makes you happy when you wear it. I’ve been focusing on making dresses for myself, fiddling with fit and hoping to end up with a couple of dresses in my closet that make me truly happy.

Donna niddetissus.blogspot.com

Yay, congrats on being a featured seamstress!! That is just a beautiful dress – and the other version too. :)

Sarah rhinestonesandtelephones.blogspot.com

Yay!!! Congratulations, Alessa! I love this dress, too! So happy and fun! :)

Alessa farben-freude.blogspot.com

Sarai & Caitlin, thanks so much for featuring me and one of my favorite dresses! The Coletterie may be my very favorite blog – you’re so inspirational! – so it feels very special to be chosen for a feature. Thank you!

Ali wardrobereimagined.blogspot.com

Hooray for Alessa and polka dots! With those cap sleeves, I bet you’ll look stunning in the Pastille, too!

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