The Colette Laurel is one of those sewing patterns that has you itching to make a second before you've even finished sewing the first. Having seen dozens of lovely versions of this dress blogged (including at Caught On a Whim, Pins and Needles and Fancy Tiger Crafts) I had two fabrics specifically set aside for Laurel dresses long before the paper pattern arrived in the post.
The Laurel is labelled beginner-friendly and it's very easy to make once you've worked out which size to cut. I found the garment measurements to be quite a roomy fit so cut out a US size 6 for the top, widening to a size 8 at the hips and flared the skirt out slightly with a bit more of an A-line shape at the hem. I added 3cms to the length of the sleeves so that without frill they finish just below my elbow rather than just above (more flattering to my middle-aged elbow-sag).
Colette Laurel #1 in Anna Griffin 'Honoka' fabric.
Cuffs and trim in 'My Folklore' by Lecien Japan
On both dresses I added the gently puffy gathered cuffs from Version 3 as well as the patch pockets from Version 2. As usual I dispensed with a zip, cutting the back of the dress from one piece of fabric without a centre back seam. The dresses fit easily over my head and shoulders (a benefit of being a pear shaped human). Without a zip the Laurel has the fuss-free feel of a tunic, but with more of a streamlined 1960s shape than many of my other homemade frocks. Laurel à gogo!
Colette Laurel #2 in Under Water from Cloud 9 Fabrics 'Across The Pond' collection