easy, breezy, and shifty

So yes, I’m ready for fall, but I couldn’t bid farewell to summer without one last garment. An easy and comfortable shift dress was just the ticket.


I needed something comfortable that still made me feel pretty, and the Colette Patterns Laurel dress was exactly what I was looking for. I had to do a small bust adjustment, though the dart placement did end up being a little too pointy for my preference.


If I want to be more on the dressy side, a belt can add just the right amount of shaping to the dress. Though, if I’m honest, I like the comfort and ease of the loose fit.


Once I wore the dress for a day, I decided the neck should be sized down next time, though I did like the bias-bound neck and sleeves.


I can’t say that this is my favorite piece I’ve ever made; however I’m glad I could top off my summer sewing with something quick, cool, and feminine. If I make this pattern again, I’ll want to add just a little more shape to the waist. I actually have a couple cuts of fabric to make tops from this pattern. I think a shifty top would look lovely in a dotted chambray!

From here on out, I’m sewing both transitional and fall pieces. What is your final summer project?

***Specs: I used the Colette Patterns Laurel dress in a size 8 waist and size 4 neck. The only adjustments I made¬†were to lengthen the skirt by 2 inches and a minor SBA. The neck gaps a little, though because the dress as a whole is so loose, the too-large neck doesn’t bother me¬†so much. I used an invisible zipper for my closure. I found the embroidered cotton on fabric.com and underlined it with white cotton batiste. The neck and sleeve hems are bound in white bias tape.***


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