Phoebe Sewalong January – February, 2016

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Welcome to the Phoebe sewalong! Together we’ll be working through both versions of the Phoebe dress, and in the process we’ll cover all sorts of useful sewing skills.

Phoebe is a chic and modern princess seam sheath dress with endless styling possibilities. Version 1 features a double-breasted bodice, and Version 2 has a clean and classic look. Layer Phoebe over long sleeves and tights for winter, or use a summery fabric for warmer weather.

If you don’t have your own copy of the pattern yet, you can pick it up in the Colette Patterns shop, or from one of our many stockists.

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Before you begin

  • →   Buy your pattern
  • →   Pick your fabric (and pre-treat if it might bleed)
  • →   Review instructions

The Phoebe Sewalong

  1. Welcome to the Phoebe Sewalong! (25 Comments)

    Phoebe is a modern A-line shift dress with endless styling possibilities – layer it over tights and a sweater for winter, or stitch it up in a light and summery fabric! In this sewalong, we’ll be covering both the double-breasted Version 1 and the clean, classic Version 2.

  2. Gather Fabric and Supplies (32 Comments)

    Let’s discuss the fabric, notions and other supplies you’ll need for your Phoebe.

  3. Basic Fitting Guidelines (19 Comments)

    We’ll discuss a few basic adjustments you can make to customize the fit of your Phoebe.

  4. Bust Adjustments – Sizes 0-16 (6 Comments)

    This lesson will cover both full and small bust adjustments for sizes 0-16.

  5. Bust Adjustments – Sizes 18-26 (8 Comments)

    This lesson will cover both full and small bust adjustments for sizes 18-26.

  6. Shoulder Adjustments

    In this final fitting post, we’ll discuss adjusting Phoebe for wide or narrow shoulders.

  7. Cutting and Prep (5 Comments)

    Time to dive in! We’ll start by cutting out our pieces and doing a little bit of prep work.

  8. Darts, Princess Seams, Shoulder Seams (7 Comments)

    Watch your Phoebe take shape! This lesson will cover a good portion of the bodice construction for both versions.

  9. Attaching Bodice Lining and Skirt – Version 1

    In this lesson, we’ll be sewing the waist seam to attach the bodice and skirt, and attaching the lining to create flawlessly finished neckline and armholes (Version 1).

  10. Attaching Bodice Lining and Skirt – Version 2 (5 Comments)

    In this lesson, we’ll be sewing the waist seam to attach the bodice and skirt, and attaching the lining to create flawlessly finished neckline and armholes (Version 2).

  11. Insert the Zipper (4 Comments)

    Zippers aren’t scary, really – just follow along and you’ll have your zipper done in a snap!

  12. Buttons and Hem

    You’ve made it to the finish line! Time for buttonholes, buttons, and hemming.

  13. Your Phoebes!

    It’s time to show off all your hard work with a parade post of some of your Phoebes.

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