I'm a huge Colette patterns fan if you haven't noticed and when I saw ModCloth's Soiree Stunner Dress, I knew I had to feature it as one of my Fashion Plates. The pattern I chose is Colette's Macaron dress. With a few simple changes (unlined bodice, delete sleeves, add bias tape arm and neck holes, add 1.5" strip of lace on the bottom), you can make a gorgeous dress that will be even better than the inspiration one. A lot of people said in the reviews that the fabric ModCloth used for this dress was rough and slubby. To "fix" that small problem with the inspiration, I chose to feature a blue pima cotton sateen. Cotton sateen is a great fabric to work with. It sews, presses, and wears incredibly well. With the more fiddly details like sewing on bias tape (which is probably my least favorite sewing activity right now), you don't want to have to deal with difficult fabric at the same time. I liked this plain black polyester lace for the bodice detail because it has no stretch and will submit to your every will. Muah-ha-ha! If machine washability is a factor for you, you may choose to use this gentle cycle lace fabric or this currently out of stock (sorry!) machine wash and dry-friendly lace fabric. Fabric.com restocks regularly, so check back if that's what you want.
Macaron is one of the Colette patterns that didn't "speak" to me before I saw this inspiration dress. It's funny how that happens, isn't it?