Featured Seamstress: Laura Mae


Name: Laura Mae

Skill Level: Advanced

Pattern: Beignet

Her Blog: Lilacs and Lace

Her post about the pattern: Raspberry Lemonade

What kind of fabric did you use? I used a lovely rayon/linen blend with eyelet embroidery which I underlined with a quilting cotton and lined with a yummy silk/rayon blend.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? My vintage sensibilities are apparent even when I use contemporary patterns (although one of the things I love about this pattern is its classic lines). I decided to add a ribbon belt to increase the girly factor. And my obsession with bound buttonholes is evident! If ever there was an excuse to play with buttons and buttonholes, this is the skirt!

What thoughts do you have about the project? I have a serious problem . . . I am addicted to the Beignet skirt (this is my second). In an effort to keep from ignoring all my other patterns, I have buried it in a pattern box for the moment, but I have a feeling that I am going to keep returning to this practical yet pretty pattern. Or perhaps I should fill my closet with them – is there really such a thing as too many skirts?!

Thanks, Laura Mae!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 6


Love the colours of this so much! A total vintage vibe is happening here- well done. And so many bound buttonholes… *shudder* I admire your epic skills!


I love the beignet! This reminds me I to make beignet in the next two weeks, or at least this fall. . . Great job!!!!


I’m just finishing only 4 bound buttonholes and have to stop for a breather between each one. I can’t believe you made all those!!!!! You are to be respected.

Tracey Wirth

Hi Laura Mae! I am so glad that I got to see this in person at the Colette Fall Pattern Launch. The detailing that you added to these two pieces is really wonderful! Have a great day!


This is a gorgeous skirt, Laura Mae! Like Tracey, I’m so glad I got to see it live at the Colette Pattern Launch in Oakland. The fabric is so lovely and the buttonholes are amazing!


Wow! I never would have put those colors together. But that is amazing! Thanks for the color inspiration!

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