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Colette Sewalong: The Pavlova Revealed!

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The modified (beyond recognition) Meringue – the ‘Pavlova’ – is revealed! Linen really is such a beautiful fabric to work with.

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Not quite sure what I’m doing here…
but it’s a good shot of the skirt!

When I went to put on this skirt, I realised after dumping my entire wardrobe on the bed that I have NOTHING to go with this skirt. I had specifically made this top to wear with it, but turns out it looks better out than tucked in… 

So I’m going to need to make something to wear with it – something other than this boring grey cotton top. I’m thinking a pale yellow Sorbetto. I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet, so it’s about time. I keep seeing everyone else’s and the pale yellow is in line with the original inspiration for this skirt – the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 RTW collection (via style.com):


As you can probably tell, I ended up making a LOT of changes to the Meringue. 

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Summed in short, I moved the zip from the side to the centre back, added a vent and a waistband. The straight hemmed Meringue was tapered to make it look more like a pencil skirt, and the scalloped Meringue on top has been hoiked up and adjusted to match the side seams and waistband.

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But the biggest challenge by far was matching the scallops to the cut-outs in the white linen. The Colette scallops were about 12cm wide on the size 6 skirt I used, but the repeat of the cut-outs in my fabric was 11cm in width. I wanted to ‘match’ the linen to the scallops – Calamity Central! The 11cm repeat meant I’d either have a peplum-skirt that was too big or too small (multiples of 11!). In the end I compromised and I have one mini scallop at the back. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this – it does look a wee bit odd!

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On the other hand – check out the seam matching at the back:

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I’m pleased to say this is yet another garment where I’m as happy with the inside as I am with the outside. I love seeing the insides of other people’s garments, so indulge me whilst I show you mine:

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To try and reduce the bulk around the hips, I made the top half of the underskirt from silk I had left over from a previous project that just happened to match. Lovely!

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Sadly for me, this is where my participation in the 5 month long Colette Sewalong ends… I just have too many other projects on my mind – and then at the end of March, Mr poppykettle and I are heading off to South America! Whoohoo!

It’s been a stinking hot weekend here in Melbourne – but perfect beach weather. Shortly after these photo’s were done and dusted, Mr. poppykettle & I enjoyed a lavish picnic whilst watching the sun set…

Sunset

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26 thoughts on “Colette Sewalong: The Pavlova Revealed!

  1. That is simply amazing – I want one so badly now! I love the purple and cream. I don't think the mini scallop looks odd – it looks like a design feature. Your modifications really paid off – it is really lovely.

  2. Gorgeous!! Your sewing skills are fantastic. You could even wear this inside out and it would look great. Love the scallops and the linen you've chosen. South America! – have a fantastic trip!!

  3. Absolutely lovely! Dare I say it? I like the Pavlova a million times more than the Meringue. It's Meringue's elegant bombshell of an older sister. You look fabulous in it! Also, a yellow Sorbetto seems just the thing for this skirt. Complementary colors make the best outfits!

  4. Very nice! I love the scalloped skirt being a shorter layer. Makes this a totally original skirt. And I LOVE your photos. I want to be right there on that beach this very moment.

  5. The skirt is as darling as those beach houses you are standing by. Boy I wish I had sand instead of snow right now! I love the modifications you made! Also, the insides do look as great as the outside. Is that a Hong Kong seam?

  6. Not Hong Kong, but it does look similar. I used some rayon seam binding on the edges – my new favourite thing. It's time consuming but I love the finished look. Thankyou!

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