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…

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  1. Ali on 25/06/2010 at 20:28

    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. Sølvi on 25/06/2010 at 20:48

    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. Zoe on 25/06/2010 at 21:23

    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. Tasia on 25/06/2010 at 21:58

    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. Kjersti on 25/06/2010 at 23:50

    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. Sølvi on 26/06/2010 at 18:44

    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. Karin on 28/06/2010 at 09:47

    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. 🙂

    • Sølvi on 28/06/2010 at 19:10

      Thanks Karin, that´s so nice of you! See you around!

  8. nadine on 29/06/2010 at 17:10

    Love your blog! You have some really great posts here!

    • Sølvi on 29/06/2010 at 17:31

      Thanks a lot, Nadine!

  9. […] or the Emerald Sundress, as I like to call it. This pattern was fairly easy to read, but as the last dress project was Ceylon – a dream to sew up – the anticlimax that came when sewing […]

  10. Len on 08/07/2010 at 13:42

    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!

    • Sølvi on 08/07/2010 at 14:23

      Absolutely, that is quite alright. I´m flattered! 🙂

  11. irrena on 19/07/2010 at 09:19

    oh, i love this dress. it’s wonderfully made! what fabric did you use?

    • Sølvi on 22/07/2010 at 22:39

      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! 🙂

  12. […] if you are longing for one of those tempting quilt cottons, ay?). As you perhaps know, I´ve made Ceylon the dress before, and from that experience I learned that a) I needed to do a little FBA, and b) piping is […]

  13. Claire on 05/02/2011 at 16:42

    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!

  14. Sølvi on 05/02/2011 at 16:57

    @claire: thanks so much!

  15. frk.bustad on 06/02/2011 at 11:25

    This is such a great Ceylon version! Very inspiring with the contrast piping and buttons! One of my favourites so far.

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