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Spring Palette Challenge Week Five!

How are you doing on the Spring Palette Challenge?

This is my second garment, which I made in a white eyelet I’ve had for ages, lined in a light cream cotton, and finished with bias tape at the neckline. I was originally going to make it sleeveless, but decided short little sleeves would showcase the eyelet scallop border so nicely. I love the geometry of this fabric.

The black silk bow belt was something I uncovered in my stash of vintage sewing things, and I believe it came from my grandmother. It’s a wide silk ribbon and closes with a hook and eye underneath the bow. I was delighted to find it, since it works so well with the dress.

Ok, your turn! You know what to do: Post your own progress in the forum! Or at least check out what everyone is posting there, because there are some amazing garments on display.

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



February 17, 2011 #

Its so lovely, and the crisp white scalloped sleeves look brilliant with your colorful tattoos!


February 18, 2011 #

Thanks! It seems like it’s been cold for so long, my tattoos never see the light of day!


February 17, 2011 #

Oooo! Love the pattern on this!


February 17, 2011 #

I love me some white eyelet, too bad a have a two year old who often has peanut butter on her fingers. You did a lovely job :)


February 17, 2011 #

Gorgeous! Totally beautiful, simple, and classic. Love it.


February 17, 2011 #

Gorgeous! I love that eyelet. Great job, keep it up :)


February 17, 2011 #

Stunning! I have been wanting a white eyelet summer dress for ages and this makes me want one even more.


February 18, 2011 #

I always want more white dresses when Spring and summer roll around, but for some reason I don’t sew them much. So I’m glad this challenge got me thinking about what I actually want to wear, not just what I feel like sewing!

Carlotta Stermaria

February 18, 2011 #

I’ve never seen such an eyelet before. Oh, the pattern! I love what you did with the scalloped hem, too. I looks charming on you, especially with that sash (it must be great to have a stash that comes from you family)!


February 18, 2011 #

Love it! The eyelet is fab. The scallops are fab.The belt is fab. It’s all just, well, FAB! I sooooo need to find me some sewing time.


February 18, 2011 #

Oooooh! Sensational- perfect way to showcase a really phenomenal fabric. Love the zigzags and scallops- just gorgeous. And I think great idea to go with the sleeves, you really see those details to best advantage.

Argh though, are we seriously in week 5 of the challenge? So many things I want to do still!


February 18, 2011 #

Ha! Don’t worry, the first couple weeks were just prep work (picking the alette and projects and so forth), so there’s still lots of sewing time left!


February 18, 2011 #

This is so lovely! It screams spring! Or rather, it demurely murmurs spring over tea and cucumber sandwiches.


February 18, 2011 #

That is such a different eyelet pattern! I really love it. I think the geometrical look of it makes it different.


February 18, 2011 #

Wow, what a beautiful dress. I love the fabric and the black silk bow.


February 19, 2011 #

i also made an eyelet dress for the challenge and i love it! but yours is so pretty, too! (: great, especially with the black belt.


March 4, 2011 #

That is exactly the sort of dress I’m looking for a pattern for. Any chance you’ll be publishing the pattern?