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Colette Macaron Dress

Well, I finally finished the latest Sew Colette project. The Colette Macaron Dress is probably the most difficult dress I’ve sewn thus far, but I really love the way it turned out.

The whole invisible side zipper thing really scared the crap outta me. Mostly because I’ve never done one before, and the mechanics of how and why still don’t make sense in my mind. I found myself trying to scheme up ridiculous ways to avoid doing it, but in the end I was freaking out for nothing. I really underestimated my sewing skill on this one. I got it on the first try like a boss.

I definitely forgot to mark WHERE exactly the zipper is supposed to start and end, so I just kinda made it up. It worked though! Miraculously. The sewing gods really need to stop rewarding me for not following directions. It’s just making me lazier.

I wanted to do something a little different with my Macaron, so I made the bodice all one color. I was going for more of a skirt/shirt effect instead of a ‘shirt under tube dress look’ as intended. I didn’t want to lose the sweetheart bodice detail though so I trimmed it with some baby pom fringe.

I skipped the pleats on the skirt, since it made the plaid look all wonky, and opted for gathers instead. And reversely, I added a little pleat to the sleeve instead of easing them in. I love the shape of the sleeve with the indent detail on the hem, but they turned out kind of large and sticky-outty on me. …that’s probably because, again, I was lazy and just “forgot” to transfer all the sleeve markings. Because of this, I’m 99% positive there are two of the same sleeve instead of one left and one right. Haha! Whoops! You won’t tell anyone, right?

William and I accidentally crashed a turkey party to take these photos. Yeah that’s a flock of annoyed gobblers on the left. We kind of interrupted their luncheon. My bad. Also, I’m totally obsessed with the band Old Crow Medicine Show right now! They’re so good!

Did I mention this was a total stash bust project? Yep! The aqua cotton, the plaid flannel, the pom fringe, and the double fold bias tape on the hem were already living in my sewing room! The only things I went out and bought were the zipper, and the single fold bias tape for the neckline. Who needs facings when bias tape is available!? Not this girl! I did end up cutting the neckline a little deeper so it wasn’t so tight. I don’t like strangle-y clothes. …I doubt anyone does.

Welp. That’s a wrap on the Macaron Sew Along! I’m excited to start the Peony next, though I’m already dreaming of making one in a stretch knit. Zippers are the devil’s notion.  Zippers and interfacing!

Hope you’re having a splendid Sunday!

p.s. for those who are upset Lucille was not featured in this post…
 You’re welcome 🙂

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  • whatsupcupcake

    Yours is my favorite by far!!!

  • What a brilliant dress! Love the contrast skirt / bodice. Sp pretty!.

  • Sabine

    I love your version! The one color bodice with the trim is a great idea. The color combo is beautiful and looks great on you.

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  • I love love this dress! You look so pretty and ready for fall!

  • I love this dress- your colour and fabric combination is amazing!

    I love Old Crow Medicine Show too but haven’t listened to them in a while – time to go dig out the CDs! If you ever get the chance to see them live they are sooo good!!

    • Thanks! I’m pretty upset because OCMS played in my town last month but I was on my way out of state on the day they played!! So bummed. I’m obsessed with the song “Carry Me Back To Virginia”. So good.

  • Jenny Carver

    I absolutely LOVE this dress! I never got started on mine, but you’ve given me some excellent ideas!

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    How is everything you make so cute?!?!?!?!?! I wish I did gathers instead of pleats 🙁

    • YOU are so cute!!!! Don’t fret my love. There will be other sewing projects 🙂

  • Agoodwardrobe

    Quite possibly my favorite Macaron dress ever! Brilliant!

  • Lauren

    Super cute! This is definitely my favorite Macaron dress I’ve seen – I love the idea of it as separates with the sweetheart neckline detail. LOOOOVEEEEE!! ♥

  • SuchaStrangeGirl

    Rochelle, you’re crazy. This dress is awesome. Really, I’ve always told you that you inspire me and I swear I’m not just blowing smoke up for ass (ha!). This dress is amazing! I love the contrast of the two fabrics…turquoise is by far my favorite color so I may be biased but I love that plaid, also. I thought I wouldn’t touch this pattern again with a 10 foot pole but now I kind of want to play around with the bodice and skirt in different fabrics like you. Plus, it looks great on you. The two left sleeves thing made me LOL and I don’t even know how that is possible but I think it flatters you wonderfully. 😉

    • Aww thank you so much! You’re really too sweet 🙂 But seriously one of the sleeves had to go on backwards! I didn’t pay attention to the right and wrong side of the fabric since the cotton doesn’t really have one! SO funny to me. Oh well. I’ll know better next time lol

  • This is probably my favorite Macaron EVER. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of the top+skirt effect but I’m sold, I really want one for me. Plus, I’m a sucker for plaid and mini pom poms, so how could I not adore this?
    About the sleeves: I read many comments on the fit of this dress highlighting how broad shouldered it is. Maybe it has to do with your sticky-outtiness problem? Anyways, I really like how this dress looks on your petite frame 🙂

    • Thank you so much, but I really love yours with the pan collar!!! So cute!! 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    So wonderful! As always. I’m really impressed with the way you breathed new life into this pattern – its still a macaron, but its so uniquely “you” and different from every version I’ve seen thus far! Also, I totally forgot what nature looks like in the northeast… sigh… so pretty!

    • Thank you, Sallie that’s a really sweet compliment 🙂 And yes, I may be a bit biased but I think New England is the most beautiful place in the States!

  • Juliette MIJEON

    You did a great job, the color combination looks awesome and so does the trimming! Congratulations!

  • Sarah

    Fantastic. I love your choice on the top-bottom fabrics! I haven’t been so keen on this pattern in the past because of (as you said) ‘shirt under tube dress look’. But you have made me a believer. Well done!
    And PS. Great setting for a photo shoot.

    • Thanks! Yes I like finding whimsical spots for photos 🙂

  • Wow! Great job on your first invisible zip! They’re my personal favourite 🙂 Dress is very cute.

    • Well I have done invisible zippers before, but never one in a side seam like this. It was kind of scary! But they’re growing on me. I actually do find them easier than standard center ones 🙂

  • pincushiontreats

    I love everything you did to it: the added trimming, the gathers, the shirt/skirt look. Fabulous!!!

  • punkmik

    I love the trim around the bodice. I tried to use bias tape but didnt quite work out. 😛
    And lucille looks so cute!

    • Thanks! Lucille is pretty darn cute I must say 🙂

  • I have seen a million of the macaron dresses and even taught a class on it, and never did I think to do the whole top one color and the whole bottom another. I really love it this way! super duper cute!

    • Wow thank you, Christine! That’s such a wonderful compliment 🙂

  • i LOVE your solid accented bodice! the faux strapless look kept me away from this number, i never thought of doing it like this. genius. and red plaid! DROOL!

  • Liz Alexandre

    I love the changes you made to this – very imaginative and they work! Maybe I will try the skirt & top look too for mine. I am still not 100% on whether to make this pattern or not, it is still remnicent of a dress over a t-shirt.

    • I think the dress is worth making, especially for the learning experience. It was a good skill building project for me 🙂

  • Oh, Lucille… so snuggly and sweet…

    The dress is so cute on you!! I really like it!

    • Thanks!! I love my little sweet snuggly baby 🙂

  • Crystal

    I love your Macaron and how you used your fabric and trim.

  • Sue

    This turned out SO, SO cute! I love the color combo and that plaid is awesome.

  • WOW! You did an amazing job! You are one talented lady 🙂 I absolutely love it. And Lucille is too cute in that hat. <3

    • Thank you! And yeah I die every time I see that picture of her! Guh. How did I end up with such a cute kid??

  • I love it!! I also thought baby porn too. lol. think I was trying to read too fast.

    • Haha!! Get your mind out of the gutter, ladies!! lol I had to go double check and make sure it actually says “POM”! I def don’t want people linking to my site because they searched for something terribly inappropriate!

  • MarrieB

    This is such a great fall dress. The aqua and the flannel look great together, and I really like the idea of a solid color bodice with the trim. Looks like your fit is spot on too! Winner winner!

  • bernieandi

    This dress is gorgeous! Everything about it is so cute. Your modifications worked so well with this design! I love the blue on blue with the contrast trim, and the plaid goes so nicely with the red in your hair 🙂 I think this is enough to inspire me to make this one very soon!

    • Aww, thanks! If you make one I’d love to see it!

  • I think that is my favourite macaron dress. Ever!

  • I saw “baby pom” and thought it was “baby porn.” haha what is wrong with me?! Beautiful work, beautiful dog, as always.