OK, it's not a secret really, I swear I am not paid by www.sewbox.co.uk but they sell Colette patterns.
I emailed them asking if they were going to have Peony, Jasmine and Clover because otherwise I would send for them from America. And they have replied that they have been shipped to them from America and they are expecting to start selling them next week ;0)
Thought you might like to know!
OK, sold! I'm off to check it out, thanks x
Tempted to go for the Peony one first - saw some nice red fabric in John Lewis the other week that would look great for it, but I'm not the fastest of sewers, so don't hold your breath! I still have a crepe waiting to be done but maybe that will be passed over in favour of the new one - not sure. The cutting out seems to be my main stumbling block - especially with all that fabric. Finding the space to get it all laid out, traced and cut can be problematic (floorboards too uneven, carpet too wobbly, table a bit better, but still has grooves in - though I think I'm really just making excuses). Need to get myself some more tracing paper to transfer the pattern too as well as I ran out half way through tracing crepe.
Would have liked it if they'd done a peony sew along first so I could join in, though I can see that trousers are more of an issue for most people, so a sew along for clover makes more sense.
Which one will you go for first?
I have made the crepe twice, once a black flowery version and then another time white flowery curtains. The black one I have worn loads to parties, dinner out and to my friend's vintage themed wedding last weekend. It was scary but crepe was the first dress I made and I agree the amount of fabric is a bit offputting but I love it.
I like the peony too, have you been following the suggestions for it on www.coletterie.com ? Seriously gorgeous. But I got Jasmine after I saw Sarai's copper coloured one also on her coletterie blog - she is a clever lady, she has me so sucked in with her styling! I have found a similar grape coloured fabric so I might go for that... eek, so many plans so little time. It depends what fabric I see first as to which pattern I go for. Have your arrived yet?
What with the new Colette patterns and the pattern swap on here I am booked up until Christmas! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the peony, would you do a red sash too or a contrast? The crepe would be nice too though...... you are in for some serious fun, I love Colette patterns, so lovely to sew.
They arrived this morning! Haven't decided whether I'll do a contrast 0r matching sash yet. I like the idea of contrast, but it all depends on whether I can find two fabrics that go together when it comes to shopping. Had that problem with the crepe - found a lovely vintage style floral print with a dark brown background and rusty red roses on it and I wanted to get a rusty red fabric to make a contrast sash, but I couldn't find one anywhere.
Loved Sari's copper coloured Jasmine. Really love those rusty red/orange colours which we're seeing in the shops a lot at the moment. Autumn is definately my favourite season clothes and colourwise. There were some great ideas for jazzing up the Peony on her blog, but I think I'll keep it fairly simple for the first one at least and then maybe play around with future versions once I've got the hang of it.
I love Autumn colours too, I have joined Colette's Fall Colour Palette Challenge. So I will try to fit my sewing into that for a bit. Mostly navy blue, gey, bottle green but a bit of mustard ;0)
My patterns have arrived too, gorgeous beyond words, presented so nicely - the big pattern companies could learn from Sarai I think, some of their pattern pics are so repulsive. Hers are so gorgeous and appealing.
Good plan to do a simple first one, I like the examples of peony that are quite plain as well, all simple colours rather than prints, more thought required - I often go OTT for a print. Can't wait to start but I have 2 projects already started that need finishing first!
Your red and brown fabric sounds perfect for crepe. I did one with no contrast and one with a contrast sash - I love them both!