Friday, January 11, 2013

When you say Parfait I think ice cream....


  Oh how I've missed you. I'm pretty much in full denial that it's January. Our Christmas tree is still up, my kids are still on their winter break from homeschooling, my husband just went back to work from his vacation, I chopped off about 7 inches of hair AND I'm headed to NYC next week to see The Airborne Toxic Event! Sometimes I think I live a pretty charmed life....until I realize that while I'm living it up my laundry pile is growing rapidly. Sooner or later I'll have to return to the real world. Still, all in all life has been good and carefree. Next week is back to business as usual so I'm soaking it up while I can.

Colette Parfait
   This dress technically should have been featured in my fails of 2012. Only because I purchased it with so much enthusiasm and then just didn't finish it. I sewed the bodice and skirt up quickly but when it came time to sew the straps and button tabs and button holes and facings......BLAH. Like a child, I balled it up and threw it in a ziploc bag before stuffing it into back of my sewing cabinet. There it me the evil eye every.single.time I encountered it. I'd be digging for my rotary cutter and there it would be. Judging me. I swear I could hear it's thoughts, "You wasted perfectly good paper printing me up. You're wasting that pretty fabric. You're WASTING all that interfacing....YOU ARE A WASTEFUL FAILURE!!" Finally it became too much. I had to make it stop. The guilt! It was haunting me. Ok...maybe not haunting me but you know what I mean. I just had to get it finished.

Colette Parfait
  So, I buckled down and did the annoying stuff. I still felt pretty "meh" about it until I tried it on. My husband called me right as I stepped into so I walked out of my room, pinning it up to check for fit, and asked him what he needed. He didn't say anything and when I looked up he was just looking at me. But not just looking at me....looking at me. I almost scolded him that there were children in the room, but instead I cocked my hip and said, "You like it?"  "YES." he replied, with much enthusiasm. With that I giggled like a 16 year old and ran off to finish it. Sometimes that's all it takes, right? For someone else to tell you it's awesome, or for your husband to tell you you look awesome. I'll admit that I got a little ridiculous. I kept trying it on and prancing around, "Do you like it? Do you like it? How does it look?" Jeremy was a good husband and kept up the compliments I so desperately needed and I finished it happily.

Colette Parfait

  After all of that, what do I think? For what it is, I love it. This dress was always meant to be a wearable muslin. I cut out a 6 on top tapering out to an 8 at the waist. As you can tell by some pictures it swings out in front a little, giving me a pregnant look. And you know how I feel about NOT LOOKING PREGNANT. EVER AGAIN. ha. Next time I'll cut a straight sz 6. The bust gapes at the underarms. I'm undecided as to whether I'll take a dart out of the pattern or taper the side seam under the arms. The straps need to be adjusted also.
Colette Parfait
 Colette Parfait
Colette Parfait
Colette Parfait

 I used a quilting cotton I got on sale last year. I wish I had taken a picture of the print, it's this beautiful art deco looking design. If you follow me on Instagram (Everfive), you can see a close up of it from when I very first started it. Of course this isn't the best fabric for tights. They kept sticking to the dress so I tried to wear a slip but my slip was WAY too long so it's peeking out from the bottom in a lot of these pics. Oh well, I'm over it and hopefully you won't be too irritated with me for it.

Colette Parfait

Colette Parfait
  I see so much huge potential in this pattern, though! Seriously, it's perfection. The straps and the pockets and the gorgeous gathers at the bust! It's so flattering! I have plans for a winter weight version as well as a pretty floral one for summertime.

Colette Parfait

  OH, heeeey, I just realized that in the 6 plus months I've had this blog I've had OVER 5000 VIEWS! Whaaaaaat? To me, that's pretty awesome. I think I should give something away to celebrate, yes?


Gillian said...

Your post arrived in my reader at *just* the right time, as I was surfing pictures of the Chantilly dress and wondering if I should try it or make another Parfait. One look at your hella-flattering parfait and I knew I wanted one too! I can see why your husband is pleased... and the awesome thing is that it's sexy without being can't-be-worn-around-children sexy. Very well done! :)

Cari Homemaker said...

Airborne Toxic Event is definitely on my running list of musical acts I need to try to see live one of these days. Love the dress. It's very flattering, but you already knew that.

Rebecca Wagner said...

Having your husband tell you it looks great makes all the difference. I love it if he loves it:)
it looks adorable:)

Jamie said...

Aw, thanks Gillian!! You are so right about this dress. Since you're a teacher, I know you understand the fine line that you can cross into inappropriate. Plus, the dress is so comfortable you can actually PLAY with the kids, also! I can not wait to see yours. :)

Jamie said...

You MUST see them. This will be my 4th time, they are phenomenal live. They will be touring very soon, so keep an eye out for them! I'll be at as many east coast shows as I can...I'm such a groupie. Ha ;)

Jamie said...

Thank you Rebecca! There's not much that's better than your hubby giving you that approving look, is there? ;)

Cynthia said...

Awwwww, you look so adorable! I ready want this pattern

Amanda said...

This is just lovely! The pops of red are fantastic :D

crystalpleats said...

A comment like that would be very motivating for me, too. I think this pattern is just as you describe. I really love all the design details but especially the pretty midriff and the gathers at the bust.

shellebelle said...

For this you should win best looking muslin of the year - I love it. OK, Parfait now down on my sew one day list!

Shelley Hesson said...

Love this to death, Jamie!!! Beautiful photos too. Can't wait to see the winter weight version.
Congrats on the 5000 views!! You deserve them!
How was the concert???

Jamie said...

Thanks Cynthia! I'm so glad I finally purchased it.

Jamie said...

Thank you very much, Amanda!

Jamie said...

Thank you! The gathers at the bust are my favorite. They are so universally flattering. I have not seen a version of this dress that I didn't love.

Jamie said...

Now that is too sweet! Def add it to your to-do! I'm positive yours will be beautiful. ;)

Jamie said...

Thanks Darling! The concert was all kinds of amazing. I'm still on my post concert high ;)

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