Happily Wearable Macaron Muslin.


After looking at the name of this pattern for weeks during all of these Colette 2.0 festivities, I finally looked up what a macaron is, because I was pretty sure it wasn’t a misspelling of macaroon; and it turns out it’s those yummy yummy layered meringue cookies that Wegman’s happens to make extremely well. Wow, that makes this dress even sweeter.

We finally had a cloudy day this week, so I had hours to devote to my Macaron muslin. A few days earlier, I had traced the pattern pieces onto freezer paper and put all the necesssary markings on them, like a good girl. Wow, I LOVE the freezer paper thing. Thanks to everyone who has touted this process. As for my fabric choices, the shell is made out of this Westminster Fiber/Free Spirit/Hopscotch brand cotton with a sort of bizarre print, kind of a Dora meets Japanese anime, that I must have spent next to nothing for from Fabric Mart, because otherwise I can’t imagine choosing it. I love the colors, though, and it’s a nice quality cotton. Feels amazing to wear. Maybe I’ll outgrow quilting cotton yet—um, AFTER I make the final Macaron that is… The contrast fabric is a purple cotton (yeah, probably quilting cotton, from my stash) that matches the purple in the print.

This is yet another wonderful Colette easy-squeezy frock. It is listed as Intermediate, but I didn’t find anything particularly challenging about it, even as a relative beginner. The only thing that made me sort of cringe was slashing the pristine skirt front to create space for the pleat pockets. Before this, I had only ever made pockets along the side seams. The instructions were very straightforward, and I was able to make about 90% of it in one evening, including cutting the fabric. The fit was great from the get-go. Hooray!! I learned from my Hazel experiences that I’m a 14 in Coletteland, and luckily this was the case for Macaron. My only alteration was that I made it sleeveless and finished the armholes with a dark blue double-fold bias tape. Love how that came out. My final Macaron will have the standard short sleeves, so fingers crossed that that will go well.

Here are the pics

Paired with a nice shiny pink clutch:

LOVE those pockets:

Semi-invisible pink zipper:

Another pic, just because I love this dress and the beautiful garden my boyfriend’s sister maintains:

And my hero/love/photographer’s attempt at whimsy. “Here, hold this”:

Um, New Jersey Gothic?

Hope you all are having as much fun as I am during Colette 2.0. As always, a million thanks to Sarah, Erin, and Rochelle for the helpful and supportive posts!! This very recent post from Sarah’s site, with guest blogger Sarai of Colette Patterns, is a swoonfest of creativity.

Peace, love, and sweet dresses and cookies to you all.

54 responses »

  1. Oooh me likey! I’m glad you posted this because the macaron is next on my list. I love your fun print! I’m going for solid colors but one of them is purple, obviously a fabs color. How is the sizing on this dress? Is it similar to the other dress patterns?
    Awesome job!

    • Thanks a bunch! You’ll love the Macaron, especially with all of the fun fabric/print varations to play with. If you’ve made a Colette before, the sizing is consistent with other Colette patterns, at least in my case with the Hazel and Macaron. I seem to run about a 16-18 in the major pattern companies (and anywhere from an 8-14 in RTW–ugh, sizing!!) but seem to be just right with a Colette 14. Hope that helps.

  2. The Macaron pattern is in my pattern stash and every now and again I take it out and look at it. I will have to get around to making a macaron soon. I used to live in the US and I remember those amazing cookies from Wegman’s, they were fabulous…but I mostly shopped at the Piggly Wiggly because I thought it was the coolest name for a grocer ever.

    • Ahh, Piggly Wiggly is great. I go to those when I visit my dad in Florida. And make a Macaron soon. I’m telling you it’s one you can crank out in a day or two, which is always a good thing!!

      • I found some amazing wool fabric (on a bolt!!!) at a thrift store for $4. I am planning to test your declaration that I will be able to crank one out in a weekend…I have a three day weekend, and I really need something to wear to work on Monday!

      • And by the way I am the world’s slowist sewist, so if I can get it done in less than two days you definitely can. My second Macaron (I don’t even call it my ‘final’ because I know I’ll make a ton of these) went just as swimmingly, and that was including actually doing the sleeves. Very easy. You’ll have a great experience with it.

  3. Your Macaron looks great, and the edible ones do too.
    Quilting cotton makes a great summer dress in my opinon, all those cool prints are so hard to find in “dress” fabrics.
    The garden is gorgeous.

    • Thanks a bunch!! I got lucky with that purple fabric matching so well. It was from a box of scraps I inherited from my boyfriend’s wonderful sister, the same one responsible for the beautiful garden where we took the photos.

      • awww, thank you! I feel like I’m in ‘the zone’ at the moment so I’m sewing as fast as I can while it lasts! I’ve just finished my Macaron – a dress I wasn’t going to make – until I saw yours! That’s for the inspiration!

    • Thanks so much. It is easy squeezy, but looks like there’s work involved. Perfect combo. I do love that fabric too. So glad I grabbed it from Fabric Mart. It was like 2.50 or less a yard. Crazy.

  4. Your dress looks great and I like the cute fabric! I can’t believe we’ve been sewing for about the same amount of time as me, you’re streets ahead with your makes 🙂 I had macarons at Laduree in Paris recently and they were AMAZING.

    • Yum, makes me want to go to Paris. And as for being streets ahead, nothing I’ve made is as good quality-wise as that Simplicity 2444 you just made. It’s so freaking adorable.

  5. This is a great version of the Macaron. I have been put off by this pattern as it often looks like a dress over a t-shirt, but I think this version doesn’t look like that at all. Great pattern too!

    • Thank you, Liz. I felt the same way too. I didn’t get the look of the Macaron at first but was excited to join the sewalong. Now I’m so glad I did, because it’s way more versatile than I could have anticipated.

    • Thanks for the feedback. I made the Creative Kindness Beret. I think I made it in April, when I had only been sewing for about two months. I cranked it out in maybe an hour or two, so needless to say it’s easy. I posted about it back then–I think you can find it under my Crafty Gifts category if you’re interested in looking. It’s wonderful that you’re doing this for your friend. It will be infinitely appreciated. Bless you!!

  6. OMG that fabric!! It is the most fun muslin I have ever seen! I’m working on mine right now, and I think seeing yours will be the push I need to finish mine. I’m excited to see your final version 🙂

    • Thanks Meg! I think my wearable muslin is going to be ultimately more wearable that my ‘final’ because the final fabric is a bit, special. I adore it, though, and it has passed the dancing test. I’ll post pics soon. I hope yours is going well. So excited to see it.

  7. i like this a lot! love how fun the print is! The pockets are great, right? the style suits you! very well done! 😀

      • aww thank you! that gives me the boost I needed to make my LBD version of the macaron! had a major sewing slump but i may well cut it out today! thank you! 😀

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  9. This is adorable, love the fabric print and the contrast. Your design is the best I have ever seen in this dress. Thanks for sharing

  10. Hello! just found your blog via sewbusylizzie and am enjoying reading it.
    I think this is the nicest version of the Macaron I’ve seen. Your dress that is, though I’ll take the plate of macaron biscuits at the top too!
    I really love that purple especially 🙂
    (and the garden is stunning. Just the place to have a nice cup of tea in a gorgeous dress and eat macaron bikkies…)

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