All right, so the Colette Myrtle was the second pattern I bought after a bout of irrational affection for knits. (I don’t know either. I think I’m over it).
And, I like her, but only a little.
First, if you haven’t seen the ladies in the beautiful sunset photographs on the Colette store, you might not understand why I was so optimistic about a cowl necked, elastic waist dress. Anyway, go look at them and then come back before getting all judge-y.
Let’s examine this thing.
1. Starting positive: Whatup cowl neck. I really like it, and in this heavy weight ponte knit, it took on an architectural fold, which I liked.
2. More positive: This is a full skirt that I actually like on me! I hate a-lines and so mostly think I hate full skirts, but this is okay! I’ve used a ‘light weight’ ponte knit for the bottom, and it drapes without being clingy, so good news there.
3. Now, the instructions: Mostly they are fine. The bodice assembly was a little more complex than normal, but well-explained. The method of attaching the elastic though? I’m not sold on the method or the explanation. I think this method might be better, but let me know if you think there’s a reason that wouldn’t work!
4. I didn’t make a muslin, so arguably the fit issues are my fault. But I’m still not feeling the complicated sewing process. (If I were, the cream wool I plan to use for this Aime Comme Marie-Aime Comme Mon Petit Bazar would totally be washed by now. It is not washed.) So I just took the pattern pieces out of the envelope, laid them on the fabric, and sliced right through.
So. The fit issues:
4. Would you like to see my bra? Here it is.
That armhole is waaaaaay low. I’m not really sure how to resolve that issue, given the somewhat origami-y way of assembling the bodice. I just wouldn’t know how to modify and also not eff it up.
5. There is hella back gaping at the top back, though it’s a bit hard to see here, but is also a little visible in the bra gape picture.
Both of these issues could be attributed to the fact that I am a little on the small side. Someone 5’8″ could easily have the same width measurements and an extra inch of wingspan that would take out all the gaping. But it’s not clear to me how you would adjust this without effing up the bodice entirely. (Maybe trace the back bodice and slice out an inch from the back upper neck, tapering to zero at the waist?)
6. I really wish I knew what height the patterns were designed for. Why take the care to say ‘designed for a c-cup’ (which, thanks!), but not note the height? While the above issues make me think the pattern is too long, I am confused enough by this bodice that I occasionally think it is too short.
7. And really, with the sizing charts. I fall squarely in a size 6, according to Colette’s sizing charts. Those are exactly my measurements. The XS is supposed to cover sizes 0-2. If the issue is that the bodice is a size too big, well, then the sizing chart and the dress are inconsistent. I remeasured myself, twice, after making this dress.
My sewing time is limited, and I don’t want to have to make a whole dress to figure out that, in this instance, the sizing chart is off. Or the dress is off.
Anyway, perplexing girl this Myrtle.