House of Pinheiro sews… The Laurel.

Inspiration: Julia Bobin’s Mad Men 2 sew along. Last year, my inspiration was Betty, with a floral fabric and vintage pattern. This season is set in the 60’s. Instead of copying an outfit from previous series I preferred take the inspiration of the decade to create a future outfit for Megan. Don’t you think she would wear & love a bright shift mini dress? I do.

Pattern: Colette Laurel and will be a entry for Colette Sewing Competition: Colour, Print & details.
Level: beginner

Fabric: Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow: Picnic Plaid Pond and Flower Fields. 1 metre of each fabric.

Size: Started with size 8 and wanted a streamlined look. Decided to hold on my desire for shaping and didn’t add extra darts. The sleeves are from Colette macaroon.

  • Reduced the side seams and CF/CB
  • Raised to reduce the arm cycle
  • Lower bust darts
  • Shorted the hem

Sleeves were a bit problematic due the reducing of the armhole wasn’t enough to bring to the right height for optimum movement. I had to set this sleeves at least 4 times. You can see above I even tried the contrasting sleeve look. Next time I will adjust the pattern flat and should be fine. I love this sleeves.

Pattern alterationMy original sketch. I will make a separate post with ‘how to’ alter the pattern for this look. It’s very easy, basically I cut pattern at the waist to mix up the print, added a fake placket with 2 different colours buttons. The dress is still closed by zipper and binded the neckline with self made bias.
Details and Notions: Invisible zipper and 13 buttons. Self made bias. I designed the peter pan collar but it was too much to add on this dress.

Photo shoot camera:Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod. 

♫:Alma de Guerreiro. Seu Jorge
  • Wow! What an amazing makeover of the pattern and I adore your fabric matching!

  • Looks like a great fit and I love your fabric placement

  • Love it Rachel, your choice of fabrics is lovely!! And it is such a great mod to the laurel. Good luck !

  • That looks very impressive. The fabric mix works well.

  • What a great choice of prints, and you used them for great effect! So lovely on you. Hats off! You´ve got yourself an amazing piece

  • I love your choice of fabric and placement. Best of luck in the competition 🙂

  • Gorgeous dress! I love the fabric combination, very cute and fun. 🙂

  • This is soooo you! Very imaginative use of fabric to create a super dress … J

  • What a gorgeous dress and I love the direction you’ve taken the Laurel in. The fabrics are beautiful.

  • Oh Rachel, you’ve totally outdone yourself! This is an amazing dress…so inspired and I reckon a real forerunner to win at least one prize from the Laurel competition. Absolutely, stunning!!!

  • Such an amazing dress, I adore it! The prints you chose work super well together and the front placket is so cool 🙂

  • Whoa. This dress is awesome. Normally, I would consider those two fabrics homemade and country looking. But the contrast of them and the cut of the dress make it well… high fashion (not to mention your stunning and striking poses). Really, I’m not kidding, I love it.

    I have one question – since you added a placket but kept the side seam – is the placket nonfunctional?

  • Thanks Maddy, means loads coming from you. Yes the fake placket is a strip of fabric folded in half and applied on top … There is a invisible zipper closure at the back.

  • Love it,looks great. Also love your hair 🙂

  • Reminds me of the Brady Bunch girls! Your dress will be a lot of fun to wear! Am sure you will do very well in the Laurel Competition.

  • This. Is. Rad. Love the mix of prints! xx

  • lovely fabric contrast, well done Rachel you look great!

  • Such a fun dress! The mix of prints is perfect. Great job!

  • I would never have thought to combine these prints. The result is amazing and completely transforms the pattern!

  • Love the combination of prints! It does look Mad Men-like but at the same time so Rachel-like 🙂 What I like with simple patterns like Lauren is that you can let your mind go and come up with so many interesting ideas!

  • Fabulous dress, your choice of fabrics is inspired – I love it!

  • I really love how you have changed up this pattern, it looks very cool. I have made 4 Laurels and they all look totally different, it’s a great basic pattern!

  • Wow, Rachel, this is such a gorgeous version of the Laurel! I love all the fabric prints you put together and the placket down the front really makes it something special!

  • I love the idea behind this dress and Megan definitely would wear something like this.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!

  • This is amazing! I would have never thought of the pattern mix and match, but it really makes this dress! Love it! And I think Megan would totally rock this look 😉

  • Rachel.. you did an outstanding job with your Laurel.. Love,love it.. I like the 2 different fabrics.. Happy sewing.

  • I really love how you made this dress you’re own. It looks nothing like the pattern but really shows your vision. Lovely, just lovely!

  • Meg

    oh wow that’s super interesting! bravo!

  • Great job and so unique! It is so unusual and so much better than the Laurel looks at first glance. Lovely 🙂

  • camilla

    This is so clever, love your design for this dress, I can definitely see Megan in this. Inspired choice of fabric. You’re sketching skills are cool too.

  • Wow this is one of the nicest dresses I have seen in a while!! Such awesome fabric contrast and the dress is amazing. Talk about total model as well you look stunning!! I seriously want to copy to this dress!!!

  • lovely! i didn’t realise the back was the opposite way around to the front. gorgeous as ever. so lovely to see you on saturday. let’s have that coffee soon.

    • This is an incredible use of print! I saw your photos in the Colette flickr group and had to come check out more about how you came up with your print mixing. My brain doesn’t work well enough to conceptualize anything as magnificent as this.

  • What a fun mod for this pattern! I love it 😀

  • This has to be my favorite Laurel ever!!

  • That is seriously one of the nicest fabrics and dress I have ever seen! So 60s as well, absolutely love it, stunning. Inspiring as well I need to be brave and try and mix fabrics more.

  • Totally Megan! xo

  • AMazing, I love the way you have altered this pattern to make it your own. Inspirational.

  • An inspiring take on the Laurel, I love the thought that has gone in to this and nice to see your sketches too!

  • Very, very cute! I love this!

  • Jen

    Wow, this is a gorgeous version of the Laurel! Amazing, well done!!

  • Beautiful work!

  • Love how you combined the two fabrics. Definitely a dress that Megan would wear!

  • What a great dress! I love the fabric mixing and I agree, definitely more inspiring than my first impression of Laurel.

  • It looks amazing!I love it!And if you don’t mind me saying you look so much thinner!

  • Cool mods! 😀 You are so good at this 🙂

  • Wow! You truly transformed this pattern into something extra special.

  • Wow! You definitely transformed the look of this pattern. Great job, love the mixed prints.

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  • The mixing of prints really gave this a fresh and modern look – so inspiring!

  • hot damn, this is cool! the print mixing is perfections. totally different than any other laurel i’ve seen. love it!

  • Fantastic dress, I love the fabric combination and fit! I am relatively new to sewing and would love to try to make your version of the Laurel….you mention above that you would post a ‘how to’ alter the pattern to get your look but I can’t find any instructions on your blog. Did you ever upload a how to guide? If so, could you send me the link. Thanks for such an inspiring website!