Featured Seamstress: Lee


Name: Lee

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Pattern Used: Macaron

Site: Lee’s Flickr

What kind of fabric did you use? I used a brown plaid cotton by Moda French General. Not sure if it’s specifically a quilting cotton, but it has a nice drape and is not as stiff as some quilting cottons I’ve used.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I was inspired by a cool plaid maxi-dress I saw on the street and Eunny’s gingham Macaron, featured here. I love plaid, especially when it’s a little off, like with a surprising color or going in different directions. I cut the yoke, sleeves, and waistband on the bias to achieve that in my dress. The bright coral in my brown plaid was just interesting enough while still being easily wearable. I could never wear the loud maxi-dress that inspired me!

What thoughts do you have about the project? I’m pleased with the way the cut and lines work for me, a pear-shape with a couple sizes between my top and bottom halves. It gives the illusion of curves on top, which I don’t have, and flatters the curves I do have below. I lengthened the skirt because I’m not used to wearing such short skirts, but I think I’ll go short next time. I loved working with the pattern and found the sleeve construction, which was new to me, really clever yet simple and flattering. I’ll definitely be making Macaron again.

Thanks, Lee!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 24

Tracy McElfresh

Very, very cute dress!


Wow, your Macaron looks amazing in plaid – I never would have thought to do it that way! Awesome job!


I shy away from plaid because I don’t have faith in my ability to use it well, but you’ve given me courage to try again! That dress looks wonderful on you!


how cute this is in plaid! I would never have considered plaid but just love how it turned out. Absolutely adorable (might be the model?!?)

Tabatha Tweedie

That’s a lovely Macaron dress!


Oh, I love everything about this!


Beautiful. The fabric lends itself to this dress without looking a bit off!



Wow! The way you matched that plaid and made it flow is masterful. Bravo!


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Wonderful job, Lee! I love when the grainline of plaid is mixed in a single garment.


Lee, I love your Macaron! I’m so inspired, I may have to have another go at this wonderful pattern with a plaid! It looks great on you too!


This looks amazing and has really inspired me. Have almost finished my Clovers and Jasmine, so this will probably be my next project!


Darling! I love the way in which you cleverly avoided the hassle of matching the plaids at the sleeve by putting them on the bias! Very very clever! It’s a fabulous dress on you and I too am such a lover of plaids. Fantastic job!

xoxo, Sunni

Rochelle New

Cute!! Beautiful, beautiful dress. So perfect for the season. AND it looks extra adorable with boots and tights! Love!


That is the best execution of a Colette pattern that I’ve seen so far! Really cute and a great use of the plaid.


It looks great! Love the plaid.

Emily @ Make It Happen Mama

What an adorable dress! And a lovely model, as well :-)


Gorgeous dress! I love the way you rotated the plaid on the top portion, it’s something different and still helps to showoff the sweet heart detail, love it!


Wonderful! Such a great vision for this dress . . . and it’s good to know that macaroon works in a light-weight cotton, too. Hooray!


Thamk you so very much, everyone! I wish I was as clever and masterful as you suggest; the plaids don’t match at the sides despite my careful planning, and the way the bodice and skirt line up in front was a lucky accident. I do love wearing it, which helps my modeling. Don’t be afraid of plaid!


Really, really cute! I love this pattern so much, and I love plaid– perfect combo! Great job!

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