The Colette Sewing Handbook Sewalong!

The Meringue via Colette Patterns

Lucky me was the ever-so pleased recipient of the Colette Sewing Handbook at Christmas! Thanks Mum :)

On Tuesday morning I happened across the Coletterie blog to notice that Sarah from Rhinestones and Telephones and Erin from Miss Crayola Creepy have joined forces and will be doing a 5 month sewalong – one month per pattern from Sarai’s book. First up? The Meringue skirt.

Apart from loving a good sewalong, it seemed fortuitous that on Monday I had bought some fabric that was specifically for making my own Meringue, so it would seem silly not to join in!


I’m planning a double layer Meringue (I might have to call it the Pavlova, hehe), with the lovely lavender zin linen underneath, and the white linen with floral laser cutouts on top. Beautiful, non? Both from Tessuti.

I pulled these gorgeous fabrics together after being inspired by some Louis Vuitton skirts, dresses and pastel colours from their Spring 2012 RTW collection:

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 RTW via

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 RTW via

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 RTW via

The time line as set by our illustrious sewalong leaders:
January 12 – Taking measurements and sewing the muslin.
January 19 – Fitting the muslin.
January 26 – Sewing the final garment.
January 31 – Meringue Parade – show off your finished garments.

So all I have to do today is take measurements and kick start my toile – from the Finished Garment Measurements table, it looks as though I’ll be cutting an 8 at the waist, grading down to a 6 at the hips. 



  1. I love those inspiration photos! Can't wait to see your finished skirt. I don't have the Collete book, but I will be interested to see how everyone's projects turn out.

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