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Featured Seamstress: Gail


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Name: Gail

Skill Level: Beginner

Patterns: Ginger and Jasmine

Blog: Today’s Agenda

Posts about the garments: Several posts are here

What kind of fabric did you use? For this Ginger skirt (my fourth!) I used a piece of heavy gabardine I found in my stash box – it’s of unidentified fiber content and at least ten years old! I made the Jasmine blouse in a cheap polyester gauze; it was difficult to work with, but I’m just nuts about the print!

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? The fabric I chose for the blouse had a retro feel to me, which I felt fit my style and the style of the pattern. I made the skirt specifically to go with this blouse,and felt that the pointed waistband of Version 1 nicely mirrored the neckline of the Jasmine blouse.

What thoughts do you have about the project? Although it’s quite wearable, I considered the blouse to be my muslin. I made no changes, but the next time (and there will be a next time!) I’ll make the sleeve cuffs slightly looser. I generally don’t have to do any fitting on tops, and the fit of this bias cut blouse is truly flattering.

Thanks, Gail!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 15


Such a cute outfit! Congrats on being the featured seamstress, Gail! :)


Looks really pretty together!


I love the fabric for the blouse. It’s a great outfit!


Yay Gail! The perfect outfit. Also Gail is the most amazing knitter, and makes the most gorgeous things. :)


Lovely blouse! I agree, the cuff tends to run tight. It’s such an easy fix, but you do need to catch it before you get the sleeve contstructed.


these pieces look beautiful together! i love how you styled your whole look – such great shoes!!!!


Terrific Stylin’
Go, Gail ! ! !


Great outfit! Love that print for the Jasmine!


Well, that did it. I’ve been waffling about buying this pattern, and Gail’s beautiful rendition of the Jasmine convinced me. Ordered and waiting! Great job and thanks for the inspiration!


Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! And thank you, Caitlin, for inviting me! And thank you, Sarai, for making us such lovely patterns to work from!


This outfit is so playful and classy. I love print on your Jasmine, and the shoes (of course!).

Jo @ a life in lists

Wow, I’ve never really looked at those pieces as being styled like that, but I love this look! And the tights!


Skill level beginner?! Lovely rendition of both – and lovely styling too!


Beautiful work!


I wasn’t super attracted to this blouse for myself at first, but after seeing this version I think I’m smitten!

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