Turquoise Love

I am a little ahead of the Sew Colette schedule but I have a lot time on my hands these days. So I sew. Choosing fabric for my final version of the Colette Meringue took me a bit. I really wanted a solid bold color, like emerald green. But I didn’t have anything like that in my stash. I almost settled for some cotton navy floral but decided it was way too busy.

I had some lovely turquoise corduroy saved for a Beignet and when cord was mentioned as a suggested fabric in a Sew Colette post, I went with it. The color is vibrant and a great addition to spruce up the dreary winter wardrobe. I wouldn’t have thought to use corduroy. And I am so glad I did. I got to use a type of fabric for the first time and the result was fab.

Colette Meringie

I wasn’t a fan of the waist facings so I used Sarai’s tutorial on drafting a Meringue waistband. It was easy peasy.

Colette Meringue Waistband

I apologize for the wrinkles. I tried ironing them away using some scrap cord, to prevent crushing the pile, and I think I was too delicate. Any suggestions on how to get those wrinkles out? Maybe I’ll try again and be a little forceful.

I am pleasantly surprised at how much I learned making the Meringue: how to sew curves, how to add at the waistline using the pivot method, how to properly iron/press corduroy, and how not to deviate too far from the pattern’s fabric suggestions.

Really looking forward to seeing what more I learn while making the rest of the patterns in the Colette Sewing Handbook.

Special thanks to Adrienne from All Style and All Substance for her lovely giveaway prize. I received it yesterday and am looking forward to making it. Isn’t that bow adorable?

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28 thoughts on “Turquoise Love

  1. I’ve got a turquoise cord Beignette and I iron it on the wrong side with a towel over my ironing board to protect the pile. Lots of steam helps too! Where the lining / facing gets in the way I iron the right side using a towel as a press cloth again with loads of steam!

    I love your skirt, gorgeous pop of colour with a beautiful hem!

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  2. Oh this is lovely – one of the nicest things you’ve made. The cord was the perfect fabric choice and it fits so well, you look wonderful in it. Hoorah for the Colette Handbook! x

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  3. Love the colour too. Try using loads of steam. That should help I think. IT certainly does when ironing linen, which is a pain to iron with all the wrinkles.

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  4. Lovely! The colour is amazing. When I asked my teacher about pressing or ironing corduroy she suggested using a scrap of the same fabric as a pressing cloth, making sure that the ridges line up. It works wonderfully, because that way you don’t damage the pile. And of course, only iron with the pile, not sideways.

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  5. I love this color, it’s so bright and vibrant. Well done, what a lovely skirt! Unlike you, I’m behind, sigh. But I promise to make one this weekend!

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  6. Most lovely! That color is perfect for cheering up dreary winter days, and the corduroy texture gives it some visual interest, compared to a smooth fabric. Great choices all around!

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  7. This is fantastic! Your scalloped edge looks very professional – good job! It’s so nice reading the blog of someone I actually know too. Hooray for the Character’s Ceiling!

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