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Featured Seamstress: Marianna


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Name: Marianna

Skill Level: Advanced beginner

Patterns: Jasmine and Iris

Her blog: Sew 2 Pro

Her post about the patterns: Jasmine Tea and Colette Iris

What kind of fabric did you use? Cotton lawn with a Liberty-style peacock print. The collar and cuffs were tea-dyed lawn.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I like to wear cotton prints with strong graphics and bright colours. I think this must be my substitute for not having tattoos as well as an antidote to living under predominantly grey London skies. I deliberated a long time before making Jasmine as I was worried my graphics wouldn’t work with the centre bias seam. Once I finally took the plunge, it worked brilliantly.

What thoughts do you have about the project? Jasmine and Iris are my first two Colette patterns. I think they’re great projects for those who feel ready to move on from the “Beginner” skill level by trying out small adjustments for a better fit.

Thanks, Marianna!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

Comments 12


What a gorgeous set! I love the fabric combo you used for the Jasmine top. And the shirts look stellar as well!


Georgeous top! And that color looks amazing with your pretty skin. Woweee.


I love it!!! You did a fantastic job with everything!

Annie K

Lovely! This is a wonderful example of a talent I struggle with; picking the right fabric for the pattern, and the right pattern for body type.


I love this version of the Jasmine! I really want to make one but I’m struggling with the fit due to the need for an FBA. *sigh* Maybe after I finish Halloween sewing for the kids I can find the time to get it right.


What a cute outfit! Great job, Marianna!

betty jordan wester

Marianna, your Jasmine is so cute & I think I’ve found a great new blog to follow!

Anne Sharkey

The Jasmine is a great pattern and this interpretation is lovely, love the shorts too, well done Marianna


I love the shorts, so cute! I’d love a pair of Iris shorts but after many failed attempts at clover fittings, they lay in the bottom of my sewing pile and i’m too afraid to try Iris in case i have the same problems. Well done on your fittings – they look great


Thanks everyone for your many compliments – not a bad start to the week :-) – and to Caitlin for featuring me!


I especially like that you choose a covered button for the shorts. Sometimes subtle detail is so lovely.
Did you tea stain the collar and cuffs yourself? If so, was it black, green, red or brown
tea leaves? Do you remember how long you let the fabric ‘steep’?
Nicely done…in choice and workmanship.

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