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FO Friday – Colette Pattern’s Penny Dress

I actually finished this back in July and forgot all about it for some reason.This is now officially my favourite shirt dress pattern ever (I’ve only made four so far, and I wonder how many times I’m going to say this in my sewing life 😉), but I’m not saying this lightly because I think this pattern is a knockout. I loved it as soon as I saw it last year, and should have made it immediately, but the thought of sticking together countless A4 papers wasn’t appealing, so I shelved it.

Colette Penny Version 2

As luck would have it, I saw a YouTube video earlier this year, where netprinter.co.uk and dottyprint.co.uk (she is a sewist/sewer and reviews the pdfs and then calls you if there are any issues) were recommended as an affordable copy print companies. . So I sent off the pdf to be printed, and here we are.

I chose version 2 with short sleeves.

Fabric: Gorgeous navy with pink floral cotton lawn from Abakhan.

Size: I graded from size 9 at bust, 15 at the waist, to 17 at the hips.

Buttons: Cover buttons on four 15mm and one 11mm cover button blanks.


  • I didn’t make the belt as I wanted something simple for work (truth be told, I wanted touse just enough of the beautiful fabric, and the remnant for a top), instead I made my favourite thread belt loops. I like them instead of fabric belt loops for the days I forget to wear a belt because they are almost invisible.
  • I shortened the hem by just reducing the length; I didn’t reduce it on the lengthen/shorten lines because I didn’t want a lot of flare.
  • Omitted using interfacing in-between the yokes. Though I now use only woven interfacing, I don’t get why interfacing the yoke is necessary.
  • Instead of armhole facings, I used self-made bias tape.
  • I disregarded the pocket instructions (I wasn’t sure I’d like the style) and used this version I found on YouTube by Marina Brompton instead. It gives me nice looking pockets everytime and they STAY PUT. I’ll try and show you my steps in sometime.

In my usual manner, I made no toile, but I measured a gazillion times.

Things I love:

  • Bodice pattern is true to my size, and I didn’t have to move the waist up as I usually do to get a good fit.
  • THE DARTS. I never thought I could love darts this much, but I do, because they’re so ON POINT 😁.
  • The cute little collar.
  • Seaming from underarm to hem in one go instead of stitching bodice and skirt separately before joining at the waist. I think this makes for a much neater stitching.
Here I am after church, all dressed up

The pattern is clear and easy to follow, and I see myself making it again. In fact, I’ve cut another fabric using same, but this time incorporating the neckline of Addison. I pray there’ll be no major disaster.


So long.




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