Wednesday, 11 April 2012

New Colette Patterns give-away

Last week Sarai emailed me with a sneak preview of this season's lovely new additions to the Colette Patterns range. You can find full details about all the patterns over on the Coletterie and via the online shop, however, I'd love to share my thoughts on the new patterns and if you'd like to leave a comment at the end of this post, you have the chance to win a copy of one of them.

Let's start with Iris. I was delighted to find included in the new range a pattern for a pair of shorts with just the kind of sailor-front detailing that I'd been searching for last summer, but was unable to find. It's a style that, for me, has a timeless appeal but with roots firmly set in 1950s starlet territory.


The clever thing about the Iris pattern, is that when the pocket placement is teamed with buttons it gives the illusion of a true sailor front, but simply omitting the buttons leaves you with an altogether more contemporary look.
Iris
I have to admit to being wary of shorts. I don't think I've worn a pair since I was a teenager, due to self-consciousness over my very English pale legs (although that could change a little as we're heading off to the Italian Lakes this summer, which will be our first no-snow holiday abroad for over 15 years - hurrah!). However, lengthening the leg on these would transform them into a garment within my comfort zone and really wouldn't be hard to do, so they're high on my wish list of summer sewing.
Hazel
The other patterns are both sundresses. Above is Hazel. I love the style lines of this dress: the fitted bodice and the not-too-full skirt, as well as the tiny horizontal bust darts which interrupt the central panel. Colette have produced two versions of this dress to illustrate the pattern: one striped, which shows off the many details to full effect with cleverly placed stripes intersecting one another from different angles; while another uses a floral Nani Iro gauze which loses many of these details in the print of the fabric, transforming it into a different dress altogether. The bodice side panels are bias cut, which means it's likely to be very flattering - hurrah! I'm really looking forward to seeing how others make this dress up - the first thing that springs to my mind is a navy broderie anglaise, possibly with some narrow piping inserted in the diagonal style lines to make them stand out, but I think I may stalk the Colette Flickr pools for inspiration before committing to anything.

And finally, the gorgeous, Sophia Loren-inspired, Lily sundress. Where Hazel looks softly feminine with its gathered waist and floral motif suggestion, Lily is much more Mad Men style, with its clean fitted lines it looks to be wonderfully curve hugging - I'm hoping this will prove to be a dress version of the Beignet skirt. The pocket detail and band that runs across the bodice top give fantastic potential for playing with accent colours too. I'm excited about this dress even though, oddly, it was the one that initially I was least taken with, it's somehow become the one that I think I'd like to try first. It just looks so elegant and chic.

Lily
You may be excited to hear that this is the first range of patterns that Colette are producing as PDF downloads (although the traditional paper copies are still very much available). If you'd like to win a PDF printable copy of one of these patterns, just leave a comment letting me know which pattern you'd like to win (Iris, Hazel or Lily) and I'll pick a random winner and pass your details over to Sarai and Caitlin for electronic dispatch. I'd love to hear what you think of the patterns, which fabrics you can imagine using or what you're working on at the moment.


Fittingly, I am now returning to work on the Colette Patterns' Negroni shirt for my husband that I mentioned in my last post. I am but two sleeves and several buttons away from being finished.  I'm wondering how easy it would be for Negroni number III* (because there definitely will be one: I think this is the pattern I most enjoying sewing in the entire world) to convert the front into a Grandad style opening, as per the shirt above. This is a photo I took of my husband at the beach several years ago (those are my daughter's legs dangling around his ears). The shirt has long-since left his wardrobe as it was a deliciously light-weight summer cotton that became quickly tattered. However, I love the style of the mandarin collar, button placket which ends mid-chest and slightly looser sleeves....it somehow feels wonderfully weekendy. However, they actually amount to a fairly substantial number of changes, no? I think it may be a whole separate pattern. I may put in an official pattern request plea to Colette Patterns.

Florence x

*Although I'm not sure that my husband deserves to be the recipient of any more shirts or for me to be making pattern requests on his behalf - he has just told me that when he has his end of year review (he's self-employed) he's going to ask if can sit at a desk near someone who's more fun than me due to my being an unenthusiastic player in his impromptu game of 'guess what this song from the 80's is' this morning. He says that I need to learn how to behave in an office and that I must engage in banter as well as thinking about sewing. I think I may need to go on a course to learn how to do that: it sounds hard.

113 comments:

  1. I'd love to try the Iris shorts! I've heard so many great things about Collette patterns but I haven't used one yet!

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  2. I'd love to try the Hazel dress so pretty, however I'm 25 weeks pregnant and not sure that that particular dress is good with a bump, maybe next year

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  3. I would also love to try those iris shorts. They look sortof complicated, but i have a feeling that they will really be very fun to sew (:

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  4. Definitely the Lily dress for me for all sorts of reasons: I love the name, my mum's called Lily! the design is so classy yet really sexy too, it looks like it would be easy to fit. I could go on and on!
    Oh and I'm with your husband, I could spend all day guessing the names of 80's songs! X

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  5. I just love Hazel and think she would look great in a floaty, pinky summer print. Soemthing floral and romantic for long hot evenings with a bottle of chilled wine. OK, I'll stop now before (?) I get carried away!

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  6. I love the Hazel sundress. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Picking just one of these patterns is something of a challenge: I love all three! I think though, that I'd like to start with Hazel - Sarai's use of the stripes is just stunning!

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  8. Ooh, that Iris pattern looks like a winner to me. Can not find proper shorts in the shops at all.

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  9. I would definitely go for the Iris shorts-- I have very few pairs of shorts that fit well, and I tend to wear lots of separates so those would fill a major gap in my wardrobe!

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  10. I love how vintage-y Lily looks. I would love to make one using plaids and solids.

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  11. However much I like the idea of the shorts I know I would never dare to wear them! I love the sundress most and would probably make it in a pretty floral print.

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! Normally I'd go with one of the dresses, but I've got two dresses in the hopper right now. "in the hopper" - is that even a real phrase? Anyway, as a result I think that Iris is better choice - I always need shorts, but I've never made them before!

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  13. I like all of these, but I LOVE Hazel. I'm usually more of a full-skirt person, so this would be new for me!

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  14. My first Collette pattern arrived in the post this morning, because I have heard so many good things about it, and because I've never made anything for my husband before, I opted for the Negroni shirt. I now have an agonising wait for the fabric, oh no, I want to start now!
    Of the new patterns I like Hazel best.

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  15. I vote the Hazel dress. The bias panels should make the dress quite comfortable.

    Love the husband work banter story - you are such a good wife sewing a shirt for him. I have plans to do the same for my husband, but am stuck being too selfish at the moment to commit sewing time to him :)

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  16. although I love both dresses, the shorts would fit more into my summer "uniform". I've been hesitant to sew pants/shorts so a collette pattern might would be a good way to start

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  17. Such a difficult choice but I love Lily. I like the version with the contrast bands.

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  18. The Hazel pretty please!

    Lovely post as always ;)

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  19. I would love the Iris shorts!!!! I'm currently piecing together my Spring/Summer palette challenge now!

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  20. Love the Hazel dress. Your husband sounds very much like mine. Only I am tortured with his seemingly endless supply of wordy gurdies. My usual response is an eye roll, but sometimes I surprise him by playing along with a correct response. His delight in my participation makes me smile.

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  21. I can't wait to try out the Hazel dress. I would use the stripes, like in the example. Perfect for summer!
    And thanks for your thoughts on the Negroni shirt, I'm just waiting for the right fabric and am looking forward to trying it out!

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  22. I would choose the Hazel: I love the cunning construction of the bias-cut side panels, particularly in the pink and white stripes.

    At the moment, I'm wavering between Peony and Pastille for my first-ever dress. Either way, it will be dark blue with white polka-dots and a glossy orange belt.

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  23. Definitely the shorts! They look so simple and gorgeous.

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  24. I love the shorts! I haven't tried collete patterns yet, but they're so pretty. I'd like to try a pattern with more detailed instructions after having less than amazing results with Simplicity and other packaged patterns.

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  25. I would go for Hazel- stripes! border prints! pockets! You could make so many versions with very different effects. Also could be lovely with a cardi and tights for the rest of the year.

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  26. Great giveaway thanks Florence :) I'd go for the Iris shorts. Have also got the Negroni pattern but have yet to even get it out for the husband - so yours is truly lucky considering he's being mean to you ;-)

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  27. I would love to win (and use) any of these patterns but unfotunately they aren't sized big enough for me - could you use your influence with Sarai and ask her to size them up? Pretty please?

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  28. I'm still very much a beginner, and only bought my machine late last year, but have semi succesfully completed a Renfrew top and a Schoolhouse tunic so I'm now feeling confident enough to try a dress. What better than the lovely Hazel!

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  29. I like the Hazel dress the best!

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  30. I love the Lily dress! All three of the patterns are so lovely.

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  31. I would love to win Lily!
    I've been wanting to try Colette patterns for quite some time.

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  32. I absolutely adore the Hazel dress. Of course, they are all lovely, but Hazel is just a dream.

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  33. I love the Hazel. Looks like such a fun sew!

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  34. I would like to try the Hazel, I really like the seam lines.

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  35. I love the styling of the shorts and would love to try these - Iris!

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  36. I have loved the Lily dress since I first laid eyes on it!!

    P.S. your end note made me laugh :)

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  37. Snigger and snort I'm afraid on your husbands comments re office banter. See some call it banter and others call it time wasting procrastination ....

    Love the Lily dress by the way, I might have to start dressmaking again, I can see myself rockin it in a Rita Hayworth style! jo xx

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  38. Hazel is lovely!!!
    Thank you for this giveaway!!!

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  39. I would love to try the Iris shorts! they are supper cute and I love the high waste feel. I do not know what fabric I would use for them, I think I would have to go out and shop specifically for these.

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  40. what a wonderful giveaway! i would love the iris shorts, they are exactly the short pattern i was looking for!

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  41. ooooh - such a tough choice but I think it would have to be Hazel for me. Maybe I'm just a bit too optimistic about having lots of gorgeous sunny days?! x

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  42. I'm so thrilled that Colette are now doing downloadable patterns. Hurrah. This is such a tough choice as these three patterns are adorable...Iris? Lily? Iris? Lily? I think Lily just about wins out by the smallest smidge.

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  43. Ooooh! I think the Hazel is my favourite. So pretty and feminine :)

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  44. I'd love Lily! I really like the pocket detail

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  45. I love Hazel. I could see that being a very versatile summer dress in seersucker or maybe even a plaid.

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  46. I love Iris. I want them in summery striped seersucker.

    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  47. OOh, they're all lovely, but the lily dress appeals most. THank you for the giveaway.

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  48. Isn't she clever?!

    I love the Lily... let me count the ways!

    I could make my whole summer wardrobe out of her :D

    B x

    caffybundy@googlemail.com

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  49. I would definitely choose Hazel! Thank you for the chance to win! :)

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  50. I love all three patterns and I would make all three in a heart beat. I think Hazel is my favourite. I love the fact the straps are bra friendly.

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  51. Colette patterns are always so beautiful, I think Iris would be first on my list to make though. I have a lot of dress patterns already, and these are unusually nice shorts. I want to make them in several different colours and styles for some chic summer cycing.

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  52. Goodness its hard to decide but I think I would pick Hazel :) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. I love the Lily dress, and would love to make it.

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  54. I'd love the Hazel dress, loving the striped version.

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  55. I'd love to try the Iris shorts - so cute!

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  56. Live the Iris shorts, so cute, but I'd have to lengthen them to hide the cellulite! :-)

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  57. I like the Iris shorts too and would definitely lengthen them!!

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  58. I love those Iris Shorts. The front panel will be very flattering too! Lovely collection which seems to be French / Italian Retro. The style lends itself to suiting a wide age group too

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  59. Those are so pretty. I love the Hazel sundress. The shorts and tighter dress don't look like they'd work for me...

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  60. Love the Lily sundress - just rediscovering dressmaking again so on the look out for patterns

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  61. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I love the Lily dress! wildcatspow [at] gmail [dot] com

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  62. Thank you (and Sarai) for the giveaway! I think my first choice would have to be the shorts...I'm just smitten with them even though they're not at all my normal short style of choice. Thanks again!

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  63. I love the look of the Hazel dress.

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  64. Aren't the new patterns cute! I think my fave is the hazel dress.

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  65. The Lily dress looks so versatile. We're heading into Winter in Australia, and I think that dress in a heavier weight fabric with some tights and a cardigan would be perfect! :)

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  66. I am like you: warily considering experimenting with shorts, pasty legs and all. So I think the Iris pattern would be lovely to play around with! I'm thinking tomato red cotton, to wear with a Breton stripe tee...

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  67. I was just thinking, that I don't think I've worn shorts for at least 15 years. And I'm looking forward to see how people are going to style and wear the Iris shorts - before I make any.
    I would love the Hazel, though. It is gorgeous and very versatile!

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  68. Of the 3 I think Hazel would be the one I would like to try first. Thanks for the opportunity of winning one of them. slfesteves [at] gmail [dot] com

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  69. I would love to try the Iris in a small blue ditsy floral. Bring on the fake tan for my pasty legs!

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  70. I'd love to try my hand at the Hazel dress. I haven't worn a fitted dress in years, I usually go for tunics but Hazel looks so pretty. Thank you for the chance of winning this pattern.

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  71. They're all so pretty - it's hard to choose just one. I love the Lily dress, but I've never made a pair of shorts before and Iris look perfect to me!

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  72. I love Hazel the bodice is great.

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  73. Love all the new patterns. The shorts are super cute - so retro and flattering. Also love Hazel - want to make it a stripey summer dress like Colette. It really shows off the structure of the bodice.

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  74. I would love to win the Iris shorts, I have been looking for a great shorts pattern.

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  75. I've yet to try a Colette pattern, but they all look so beautiful! Lily or Hazel? So difficult, I think I'd have to chose Lily though. Made in a summery blue fabric it would be my dream dress!

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  76. I think this is my favourite release collection from Colette so far. Hard to choose between the Iris and the Lily (although seeing the Hazel in stripes made me ponder that one too) but I think the Lily wins it.

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  77. What a beautiful set of patterns...although I think I am hardpressed to choose, if pressed I's day Lily because it is so curve hugging...not sure what fabric I would use but the mention of Sophia Loren has got me thinking of strongly contrasting colours...

    Am currently between projects but vaguely thinking of joining Karen's Pyjama Party...

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  78. It would have to be hazel for me - especially as I have 2 metres of Nani Iro double gauze just waiting for that perfect dress pattern to appear.

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  79. I would love to have the Iris shorts, living here in Florida is always a good thing to have nice shorts! Thanks!

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  80. I'd love a copy of the Iris shorts. I think they look adorable and would also be great lengthened to capris.

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  81. I'd love to try the Hazel dress. Your idea of piping really appeals to me... Thank you for the give away!

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  82. I have never made clothes before but am an avid reader of your blog. I feel inspired to try the Lily dress. I have some 50's peach lace of my mums that would be great for my sisters wedding this summer.

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  83. I would love to win the Iris shorts pattern to make for my 15 year old daughter Johanna. To my delight, Jo loves high waisted shorts and 50's retro style dresses and one of our favourite movie characters is Iris from 'The Holiday" starring Kate Winslet. So these shorts would be perfect!

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  84. It would be the Lily dress for me - love the detail as with all Colette patterns. Sharon x

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  85. I have the perfect fabric to sew up a version of the Hazel. I could have a lot of fun with that pattern.

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  86. I am not a shorts or a dress person, but Lily could change my mind!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I would love the shorts, I have two teenage daughters and I always claim i can sew anything they spend their money on! this would be a chance to shine!!!
    Aby

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  88. Drool! I would love them all! At the moment I think Iris or Hazel is winning for me, but it's a close call. I'd probably get most use out of Hazel so I'm going to go with that...but they might all end up on my birthday wish list...

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  89. Great giveaway! I'd love to win the Iris pattern.

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  90. The Iris shorts - oh they are so sweet, and I would love to make them in lots of fun colors. With buttons, and without!

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  91. The iris shorts look like they would be fun and something different to sew. I'd love to win the pattern.

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  92. OOh i would love to win Iris the shorts. My daughter would love them. Here's hoping x

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  93. OOh i would love to win Iris the shorts. My daughter would love them. Here's hoping x

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  94. I love your blog and have been following for a while although I don't think I've commented before -I'm afraid I'm easily bribed. I'm torn between Lily and Hazel but think Lily would be my first choice.

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  95. Would love to try out the Iris shorts!

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  96. I would love the Iris shorts, in which I bet my Scottish pale legs would positively luminesce. Iris was our first dance at our wedding :)

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  97. The idea of making (and then wearing) shorts scares me... but I think the hazel sundress is lovely - and it's so nice to see you speaking highly of Colette patterns!

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  98. I'm loving the Lily dress. Great giveaway. Thanks fingers crossed.

    Kirsty

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  99. Love the hazel dress. Nice and relaxed for summer with pockets :)

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  100. I think the Lily dress is my favourite - I've never sewn a Collette pattern before, but I think I should change that!

    I've only recently discovered your blog, but it's fab. I look forward to checking in regularly

    x

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  101. I am torn between the Lily and Hazel. I think I would go with Lily though....
    Thanks!

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  102. I love the Hazel dress. I think it would make a great summer staple done; one in stripes, one in floral and a few solid... yes please!

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  103. I love the Hazel dress. I think it would make a great summer staple done; one in stripes, one in floral and a few solid... yes please!

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  104. They're all pretty but I think the Hazel would wuit me best - whether I could make it or not is another matter! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  105. I'd love to win the Hazel sundress. I'm very aware that I don't have enough sundresses in my wardrobe after some unseasonably warm weather in March so I aim to make more this year in the hope of some more sun in the summer.

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  106. I love the Hazel dress. It looks so cute and femine.

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  107. Oh How I love the lily dress ... What a wonderful competition - thank you!

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  108. I would love a copy of Lily. It is amazing! I have been drooling over it since it was released!

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  109. Love the Iris shorts. And I'm going to the lakes this summer too - maybe bump into you there!!

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  110. Ooh I'd like to try making some shorts for my holiday!! lovely giveaway!

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I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x