Dottie Gertie Rooibos


As I finally take the courage to step out from lurking as avid reader and jump forward to start my own contribution towards this wonderful blogosphere it feels only right that my first post involves two strong influences that I discovered within the sewing blog universe.

We have the Rooibos dress from Colette Patterns with a dottie navy blue cotton from Gertie with Roses (the etsy store of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing).

I started with a size 10 and after a quick muslin of the bodice I lengthen the back darts by 1 inch and a small bust adjustment of sorts by pinching out a half inch of length from the centre front tapering to nil by the side seam.


The construction was wonderfully easy.  Instead of the suggested invisible zipper I inserted a lapped zipper by machine which add a touch of retro.  But its the piping that steals the show! Oh my, its worth the extra work.  I hand basted each piped seam before using a zipper foot to stitch as close as possible to the seam line.  Those cute little pockets are delightful.  Standard store brought piping was used – nothing to fancy.

For the neckline contrast I was determined to source from my fabric stash.  While not ideal as its a tad too light for the contrast, the white satin works with the white satin piping.

As I usually do, the under stitching of the facings was done by hand as pick stitches.  I enjoy the hand sewing – it’s a break in the construction to admire the work so far and gush over how awesome the piping turned out!.


More adjustments to the bodice were made during mid construction.  After completing the zip, I checked the fit again and took in the side seams a half inch each to clinched in the waist further tapering to nil at the underarm.

To the inside details – often the inside of a me-make is my favourite bit but for this one the insides are dull; neat but dull.  Just overlocked this time around.  I did consider binding the edge of the facing but that would add too much bulk.

This pattern was been in my ‘patterns to be started’ pile for so long, that I wonder why I have waited so long.

The completed dress is wonderful to wear.  The raised waistline is flattering and the pockets perfectly placed. So comfortable but still feeling dressy at the same time.  I definitely see more Rooibos in my future.

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