Colette Peony Dress

So this Colette Peony dress should be a piece of cake to make because it’s made of a bodice with two darts and a simple a-line skirt with gathers in front. However, i had to make 3 muslins to fit the bodice because the bust darts were too close together compared to my body and i’m a size 8 (uk) at the bust, size 12 at the waist and size 14 at the hip…… -o-


I used a navy colour cotton poplin with some crosswise stretch from John Lewis with white spots and because of the weather in the UK, I decided to underline the fashion fabric with another plain navy colour cotton so it’s warmer to wear. I also lined the inside of the dress with polyester taffeta lining in grey. The lining is stitched to the dress by hand with technique learned from Susan Khalje’s couture dress online class.


One thing I didn’t realise until wearing the lined dress was that the boat neck keeps coming off my shoulder… So I added a thread chain on both side of the shoulders as well…


This is also my first garment with jump hem (i think this is what it’s called anyway).



Lastly, I used the left over underlining fabric to make the belt. I’m not that confident with buttonholes so I used a button loop instead.


6 thoughts on “Colette Peony Dress

    • Thank you. I went to your blog and read about your interest in colette patterns. I highly recommend them but it’s better to make a muslin first to check the fit.:)

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  2. I also had major fitting problems with the bodice of that dress – the darts were pointing everywhere and anywhere but where they should have been!!! But I’m glad I persisted with it because it’s now one of my favourite dress patterns. I’m LOVING the gorgeous detailing on this – I’ve got that Craftsy class but have yet to take it!! I really must:)

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