Palette Challenge: Caitlin’s Loopy Peony


Hi there! How’s your palette challenge coming along? I’m so glad I decided to tailor this challenge to what I could actually manage because I’m zipping along with my three garments. I just finished this Peony dress in pale pink linen. I’d originally thought to do it in pink silk, but decided to use linen for a less formal look. Is anyone else making a Peony dress?

I made some bias tape and covered cording in the linen. It took a fair amount of time to hand stitch that cording in place but it was well worth it! I fully lined the dress in the same fabric because I had a ton of it (thrift store find). You can see some lace peeking out at the hem. That’s some crocheted lace I had in my stash. Etsy is full of lace trim if you’re interested in trying it out.

I hope you’re having fun with the challenge. It’s so neat to see what you all are putting together!

Caitlin Clark   —  

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

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Anna | Mormor hade stil

The dress is adorable. I really like the lace peeking out at the hem!


Love it. So feminine and demure.

Sara C.

How are you liking your pastel palette now that you’re wearing this dress? Which is gorgeous on you, btw.


Thanks! It is still a bit of a stretch for me, but so far I’m liking my slow venturing into pastels.


It’s beautiful. Well done!


I love that trim! Now, you’ve got my wheels spinning with some ideas.


Love the sweet feminine look of the dress, and your hair is very cute too!!

Vanessa Traylor

Ooooo! I like the cording! I made a pink lace top using vintage lace from my grandmother’s stash… or at least it was vintage to me. It smelled vintage… does that count? haha!


gorgeous! love that cording!


So pretty! This pattern didn’t originally call out to me but I’m loving this version and Sarai’s gingham one. Very nice. And I love the tights, too!


I love the detail on this dress. I want to join the challenge but I have to admit I can’t seem to figure out how to put together my palate. Any hints?


Check out the great post Sarai wrote on making a moodboard. That should get you started on your palette!


What a pretty, pretty Peony, Caitlin! It looks lovely on you and the cord details really add an extra punch.


It’s a beautiful dress! I love the cord detail!


How pretty! I love all the little details you added :)


Pretty dress! I love the beautiful details you have added :)


Gorgeous dress! I love the cording and the lace trim! You look great!


Ah I really like the loopy cord detail at the top, and the lace at the hem – it really makes it so personal! This dress is very feminine and sweet – it has very old-fashioned girly vibe; I’m diggin’ it on you! :)


Lovely dress and such a beautiful color on you! The time you put into the details certainly paid off! I’m still getting it together for my palette and garment styles, but having so much fun–just need to get focused on what’s doable:-). Thanks for sharing~


You look as cute as a cupcake! =D


I absolutely love that we get to see your dress showcased in such a way. Thank you, Caitlin for putting it out there. Going to check out your blog now.
Great peony!


Just wanted to say this looks lovely on you — a simple dress with beautiful details. The lace trim has got me thinking what I can do with some beautiful lace that was gifted to me!


Love the loops! And that pale pink is really lovely on you.


So pretty! The cording detail is fantastic!


Fantastic, Caitlin! This dress is so so sweet and feminine and looks just great on you!
You should be so proud!


Love the cording loops, such a great vintage detail! Good job on the dress!


I love your Peony! Your looped cord looks like soutache but better because it’s covered in the same fabric as the dress! And ballet pink is a great color on you!


The dress is awesome! Great work :)


This is so incredibly cute! The loopy cording makes it look like a vintage piece, very pretty.


This is just tooo adorable! I would love to have a dress that looked exactly like this! Jealous, haha :)


That turned out adorable. I love the cording and the lace, and thanks for the tip on the trim on Etsy!


Thank you all for so many lovely comments! You really made me feel good about all that hard work I put into my dress :)


What a beautiful way to embellish the dress, I love it!

paige p @ luxperdiem

So cute! The only thing that could add to is a matching belt!


So pretty in the linen, which has that nice wrinkled/summery vibe! And the color is gorgeous on you! I’m so afraid to wear pastels for some reason, but I think this has inspired me!


Such a happy looking dress. It looks great.

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