Rue Sewalong September – November, 2016

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We discovered a few issues with the first printing of Rue that have now been fixed. A corrected pattern is available through service@colettepatterns.com. For information, see the Corrections to Rue Pattern post.

Welcome to the Rue sewalong!

In this sewalong, we’ll be going step by step through the process of sewing both versions of the Rue dress.

Rue is a return to the classic Colette vintage style. Rue offers two versions with pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create the perfect dress for any season.

Both versions of Rue offers a one of a kind bodice that is sure to flatter all figures. The show-stopping style lines that gently curve from the side seam to the center front waist, emphasize the vintage silhouette of this dress. Tucks radiate from the style lines offering shaping and a scoop neckline adds a dramatic touch.

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Version 1 features Rue’s signature bodice paired with a lined short sleeve. A paneled pleated skirt gives this dress a vintage silhouette while allowing you to use your fabric economically.

Version 2 features unlined 3/4 length sleeves perfect for cooler weather. A subtle a-line skirt shaped with two clustered gathers finish this sophisticated dress.

Try mixing and matching sleeve and skirt options to create a Rue that is totally your own.

So use your imagination, dream up your Rue and come join us in the sewalong!

Your Teacher

I’m Katie! I teach new skills through in-depth tutorials, sewalongs, and articles for Seamwork Magazine and the Colette Blog. You can read more about me on our blog.

How it Works

Our sewalongs are simple. We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process of fitting and sewing your pattern. You can sew along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others.

Feel free to leave comments here on the blog, or join our Sewalongs Facebook group to post thoughts, questions, and photos. We try our best to answer as many questions as possible, but encourage you to jump in and help each other out as well.

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Whats Covered

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We’ll start on Tuesday September 13, 2016 by going over what fabric and supplies you’ll need for your Rue.

Then, we’ll dive right into pattern fitting. You will learn to blend sizes, lengthen and shorten, make bust adjustments, and adjust for a narrow/broad shoulder.

Following the pattern alterations, we’ll cut out the pattern and start sewing! For the following three weeks, on every Tuesday and Thursday, we’ll work through both versions, step by step. The final sewing post on finishing will be posted on October 13th, my birthday!

You’ll have a week to get all your Rues finished and posted to Instagram or Twitter, with #coletterue before we highlight some of them in a parade post on October 21st.

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Before you begin

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

The Rue Sewalong

  1. Welcome to the Rue Sewalong (9 Comments)

    Rue is a return to the classic Colette vintage style. Rue offers two versions with pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create the perfect dress for any season. In this sewalong, we’ll be covering the process of fitting and sewing up both versions.

  2. Gather Fabric and Supplies (44 Comments)

    Let’s go over what fabric and supplies you’ll need for your Rue.

  3. General Fit (69 Comments)

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

  4. Bust Height Adjustment (45 Comments)

    An in-depth guide to adjusting your bust height.

  5. Small Bust Adjustment (9 Comments)

    An in-depth guide to adjusting for a small bust.

  6. Full Bust Adjustment (9 Comments)

    An in-depth guide to adjusting for a full bust.

  7. Narrow & Wide Shoulder Adjustments (21 Comments)

    An in-depth guide to adjusting for a broad or narrow shoulder.

  8. Cutting & Prep (3 Comments)

    Cutting out your Rue and a few preparatory steps before sewing begins.

  9. Constructing the Bodice

    Watch your Rue take shape! This lesson will cover a good portion of the bodice construction.

  10. Corrections to Rue Pattern

    Sewalong postponed until October 21, 2016

  11. Full Bust Adjustment- 2nd Edition (9 Comments)

    Let’s get back to it with a Full Bust Adjustment for Rue 2.0

  12. Small Bust Adjustment- 2nd Edition (26 Comments)

    Let’s get back to it with a Small Bust Adjustment for Rue 2.0

  13. Skirt Assembly (1 Comment)

    Let’s construct the skirt, attach pockets, and attach the bodice to the skirt.

  14. Lining and Zipper Insertion (2 Comments)

    Linings, zippers, hooks and eyes!

  15. Sleeves (2 Comments)

    You got this, let’s make a self-lined sleeve!

  16. Finishing (7 Comments)

    We’ll wrap everything up by hemming and creating thread chains to anchor our lining…and your Rue will be finished!

  17. Your Rues (2 Comments)

    No sewalong is complete without a parade post – let’s show off some of your finished Rues!

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