Hello, my name is Ceylon.

Hello, my name is Ceylon

So, I took some time yesterday and finished Ceylon. It was so much fun sewing this! I love how everything just came together with this one, the instructions were easy to follow, and even though there are quite a bit of parts and pieces and details with this, I never felt lost thanks to the great instructions. Yey Colette!

Initially, I planned on making black fabric buttons, but when I came over these babies in my mothers stash, I new they were the perfect match for Ceylon. Not too small, not too big, and with just the right look!

ceylon buttons

If (or more likely when) I´m making this again, I will add some centimeters to the length and maybe adjust the bust size  up a bit. Other than that, the pattern came along nicely.

Hello, my name is Ceylon

I must give a shout out to Zoe´s article on piping on the Colette blog. It was the inspiration for the piping on this dress. Thanks! I made the piping myself out of some black bias tape and cord. I just placed the cord in the middle of the bias tape, pinned it there and stitched it up using a zipper foot on my sewing machine. I got this advise from the sales woman at my local fabric store, as they didn’t have (!) black piping.

Hello, my name is Ceylon

I used thrifted peachy- colored light cotton fabric for the dress. Ceylon was originally not a part of my SESA wardrobe, but I think I´ll just add it to the summer dress department of the sew-along. All I need now is an invitation to a tea party so I can sip some Ceylon tea in my Ceylon dress…

0 Responses to Hello, my name is Ceylon.

  1. Ah! Totally lovely. (Like all your projects!) The Ceylon is actually one of my favorite patterns in the Colette line (so elegant!) but I’ve always hesitated on whether it would look good on me, but you’re starting to tempt me to get it … ; I just love the shape, it’s so flattering, and in the colors your chose, so feminine and summery.

    I’d totally invite you to tea if you weren’t on the other side of the planet. Keep ’em coming!

  2. Thanks a bunch Ali! Go for it! There are too few Ceylons out there, if you ask me, I´d love to see your version as well! 🙂

  3. This is sooooooo good! You are welcome for the inspiration! I was thinking about how to add piping to this pattern when I try it in the future. The buttons are beautiful and totally perfect for this dress. Looking forward to your take two!


  4. Gorgeous version! Love the black buttons, a perfect contrast to the soft summery peach. I almost bought Ceylon but changed my mind – all those buttonholes!! Looks fantastic on you though, excellent work!

  5. Wow, this is just beautiful! I’m sewing a Ceylon myself at the moment, and I love what you have done with the piping! It fits you excellently.

  6. Thank you all so much! I´m so glad you liked it.
    @Zoe: I wondered about the piping as well, and settled for this solution, but I think it will be mighty cool to add piping to the yoke as well.
    @Tasia: Thank God for an automatic buttonhole foot on my mothers sewing machine! 😉 (I don´t have one for my own…yet…)
    @Kjersti: Looking forward to seeing your version as well!

  7. Hello! I just found your blog through Pattern Review. I wanted to come and see more pictures of your beautiful dress. You have the best version of this dress so far, I think. The piping and the buttons are just perfect. I am looking forward to see what you sew next. 🙂

  8. Couldn’t find an email so shall post here 🙂

    Just wanted to ask your permission to use one of your images
    in a blog post – I’m doing a roundup of some of my favourites from the Summer Essentials Flickr Group anmd I’d really like to include your Ceylon!

    • Thank you Irrena, I used a lightweight cotton I thrifted, it is probably quite old as it is 90 cm wide, and that is not the standard in Scandinavia anymore for cotton fabrics. It has a bit of stretch, and lovely to wear! 🙂

  9. oh my lordy!!! This is the nicest dress i have ever seen! The piping looks fabulous! I would pay a small fortune for a dress like this. I can only dream about becomming this good at stitching!

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