Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Seriously? -Colette Jasmine

I'm all about supporting the independents, really I am.
I will chose independent restaurants, fabric stores and grocery stores over giant corporations any day.
So naturally after my first Style Arc success I am moving on to Colette,  because Me-Made-May 2013 really showed their popularity around the world. On any given day, someone somewhere is wearing a Colette Sorbetto top.

They also sell patterns in pdf format (for $12 instead of $16) which suits my instant gratification compulsion just fine.  Besides, the Jasmine is just ME.

I printed and taped the pattern.  Then I checked the size chart and picked 14.
At this point a careful reading of the instructions shot.  Apparently some patterns still include seam allowances.  Go figure...

Jasmine / TNT comparison
So part of the hugeness is my fault.  Not all of it!

I compared their pattern to my favorite version of my favorite Marfy 0692 free pattern from forever ago and the difference is big!  Colette is very proud of their skinny ease (I read that somewhere on their website, can't find it again), but when I measured the actual pattern (even without the SA's) I came up with 4"!  The armhole is substantially lower then my TNT.  Their is no way that the picture shown above follows the true pattern ease.

Did you notice that the bust, waist and hips aren't marked?

Jasmine facings
There are some other issues as well.  I noticed in some of the reviews that the contrast neck doesn't fit well and a dart was needed.  The back neckline pattern is used for the tie, and it really doesn't look right.  The top is on the bias and the facing is not, but that doesn't really explain this poor fit.

I like the fabric, don't love it, but it seems to fit the pattern.  SO, if I can't get it to work its a lesson learned.  But, its a nice concept, pretty picture.
I'm getting help from my fitting buddy Diane tomorrow so I'll post more pics.

Until then I have about 3 other projects going on so, on to the next.

I also got my birthday present in the mail today.  I'm going to learn French by Rosetta Stone!
Speaking of birthday... I have to finish 20.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education by the end of the month in order to maintain my license to count.  Yay me!  Texas Board of Public Accounting, ruining birthdays state wide!


  1. Interesting analysis of this pattern and I will be interested to see how the finished article ends up.

  2. I agree with Sharon, interesting analysis. Just before I pulled up my blog roll, I was reading an article on the Threads website by Marcy Tilton called 'Bias 101'. In the article she says to skip facings and use bias bindings instead, because facings 'fight' the fluidity of the outer bias fabric. Makes sense, doesn't it? Good luck with this pattern!

  3. I use lots of bias bindings on my things. Love the finished look and how the garment moves.
    I'm also interested in your final analysis of the pattern.
    Bummer on the studying. When we get together we'll have to talk about some of the backward ideas that the Texas government seems to come up with. Trust me, I do love my home state, but man alive!!!!

    1. Texas, 'Its a whole other country' is a slogan that they live by.

  4. Yes, a very interesting write-up of the pattern. Good luck... and I hope you enjoy your birthday despite the call of continuing education!

  5. I hope this works out for you, sometimes stepping back from a project helps me when I return to it later. Good luck with the pattern and your French. Good for you!

    1. You are so right, stepping back helped so much.
      I am ready to tackle this again with a clear mind.

  6. June is a busy month for you and Happy Birthday!
    What a difference between the 2 patterns!!!

  7. Thanks for the encouragement guys. I had a great fitting with my resident expert and I really think that I will be able to turn this into a nice shirt. I will post pics this weekend when I get all the adjustments made.


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