Looking for some lovely classics to add to your summer wardrobe? A go-to pattern you can make again and again in different ways? Something simple to sew, with great instructions? Welcome the two newest additions to Colette Patterns: the Violet blouse, and the Ginger skirt!
These patterns were largely inspired by you, our friends and customers. You guys told us over and over that you wanted more separates, particularly blouses. So we decided to round out our collection with some cute basics that are fun to put together, suitable even for beginners, and have endless possibilities for variation.
Violet is a lovely blouse with a loose and easy fit. The lack of waist darts not only gives it swingy 60s style, but makes it very easy to add embellishments like tucks or insertions. In fact, Rachel will be giving us a few tutorials soon with some great ideas for modifying the pattern. You can make Violet with short sleeves or full gathered sleeves with elastic. I have tons of pretty cotton lawn (including Liberty prints) that are queued up to be made in this pattern!
Ginger is a simply shaped a-line skirt with three different waistband variations: a straight waistband, a pointed waistband, and a heart-shaped waistband. Not only that, but version 3 is cut on the bias, allowing you to use stripes for a cool chevron effect.
What I’m most proud of with these two patterns is the instructions. I wanted to make some new patterns for beginners that would really take the guesswork out of sewing. The instructions are explicit and filled with helpful tips and definitions. There are even links to tutorials here at the blog if you need further instruction.
I hope you enjoy these… and if you’d like to buy them locally, stay tuned. I’m going to post a list of our beloved retailers who should have this pattern in stock now, or very shortly. Or of course you can buy it in our shop!