As most of you know, one of my favorite things to sew recently has been the Laurel pattern from Colette Patterns. It's fast, doesn't require a zipper, works great with and without sleeves, can be lined or unlined, made fancier or super casual, and it's easy to fit. I've sewn back to back tops and dress variations and I'm not quite done yet! Here's a look at my most recently finished Laurel in action.
As you can tell, the late afternoon sun was really beating down on our back patio -- it made the plants in our garden look neon green, and I (including the hair on my arms!) appear to be glowing. Magic!
This Laurel ended up being another mini skirt length version, similar to my linen one. It's just long enough for me to get away with wearing it to my (very casual) job without requiring tights, but I'm also looking forward to pairing it with tights in cooler weather. The sleeve length is another detail that works well for the all-weather style I was trying to achieve. I do find this dress especially suited for fall, though, but maybe that's just because the navy and white speckled fabric makes me think of a composition notebook (back to school!).
I know, by now, some of you must be sick of seeing me make Laurel after Laurel, and I'm thinking I've finally got enough of my sewjo back to try out new things again. But not before finishing my last Laurel that's currently in the works! I recently donated a pile of things from my closet, including a sad little me-made that I loved to wear, but had just not held together. My Peter Pan Pendrell was just worn out and starting to fall apart, so I'm working on a collared Laurel as a replacement. I'd had just enough of the teal rayon challis left over for it, so I'm looking forward to finishing it up and being able to wear (and share a peek at) the replacement soon.
In the meantime, let's recap all of my completed Laurels, in hopes I'll really be ready to move on now!
Rayon print version 4 (one for me, one for Steph),