Skill Level: Intermediate
Pattern Used: Parfait
Website: Julia Bobbin
Her post about the pattern: Earn One’s Stripes: Colette Parfait
What kind of fabric did you use? A nice heavy double sided cotton that I purchased from a local store in Melbourne.
How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I have always been drawn to vintage clothes because of their smack-you-in-the-face femininity and sweetness which seem to emphasize the female form, while also flattering it. I’ve always been partial to beautiful prints and colours but I didn’t want to overshadow the beautiful design details of the pattern by overwhelming it in a loud print. Instead I chose to use a pretty pin-stripe, taking special care to cut the fabric pieces with the lines going horizontal, vertical and on the bias to work with the features of the parfait but giving it a little extra ‘somethin-somethin.’ There is something immensely satisfying about a dress with different lines. I added bright red buttons to give it that little extra vintage appeal. Turns out blue and white stripes are best buddies with red buttons.
What thoughts do you have about the project? I love the sweet-heart neckline, the high empire waist and the flattering flared skirt. The combination encourages a feminine shape by pulling in at the high waist, skimming past fitted hips and then kicking out to trick people into thinking I am not pear shaped. Genius! I made a blooper on the shoulder straps by accidently putting the straps under the tabs instead of over (Julia!), but the tabs are so lovely I don’t think it subtracts from the overall look. I’m very happy with the finished dress which I think balances sexy, cute and comfortable and looks darn good with a mustard sweater. This is my first Parfait, but will certainly not be my last.