Zinnia in a Zip

I hadn’t been researching sewing on the internet very long when I came across Colette patterns. If you’ve been following me for any period of time you know I’m always looking to build my skills – but I also want the knowledge that goes along with it. With that, I’m always looking for a pattern company and resources that help me meet those goals.

I’ve purchased a few Colette patterns, and looking at what’s in my closet I wanted to start with the Zinnia skirt.   I don’t know why, but I’ve been in a …. boho chic, lacy, vintage, frilly, pleats, gathers, dresses and even floral …. mood when it comes to what’s in my closet. I know something is changing when I’m looking at floral fabrics! Overall it’s very girlie, feminine, soft, and even … cute. (There are many words I could use to describe myself. Cute isn’t one of them. And actually my fingers paused both times I typed the word. I probably won’t be typing it again the rest of this post.)

Here’s my Zinnia …

Colette Zinnia

Starting with the basics … this is my first Colette pattern. My sewing space is very limited, so there are times when it’s difficult to have the pattern instructions on my work table while I’m working. Especially when the instructions are GINORMOUS! Thank you Colette for helping a sister out! The pattern instructions are in booklet form. So cool, right? I can literally have my pattern instructions open, fabric on my table AND my sewing machine. All will a little room to spare. Points for Colette patterns!

Next the instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. Since I’m hopping from Pattern Company to Pattern Company trying new things … each has its own way of communicating and providing instructions. Colette’s patterns are up there with my other Indie favorite Sewaholic. The difference in quality between these smaller indie pattern companies and the larger commercial companies continues to amaze me.

Colette Zinnia 2

This is actually my test fabric. It came out so well, I decided to add it to my wardrobe. My original plan was to use a nice quality chambray fabric I found at Sew It Up. I may still use the chambray for this, but I’m so happy with this version, I don’t think I’ll make it for a while. It’s a very lightweight satin that was a dream to sew.

I was nervous about the top stitching. There’s a lot on this garment. The pleats and waistband on the skirt are both topstitched. You know from Vogue 8897, I’m not the best top stitcher in the world. But I made some adjustments this time and I’m pretty happy with the results. First I shortened my stitch length to between 2.2 – 2.5. Secondly I used my walking foot and installed a new needle. I don’t know if it was one of these things or all three … but this trifecta worked. No missed stitches or bunching of thread. I’m pretty happy with the results.


RFB Zinnia 5


Colette Zinnia

Along with the pleats there is a zipper.  Here’s a closer look at both.  Zipper, what zipper?  Ha!  I’m really proud of this.  No buckling or anything in the back.   AND my new favorite thing.  Pockets!  Pockets!  Pockets!

Colette Zinnia

Overall I kept the length long on this for the office.  Mainly because it’s a freaking ice box in the summer and I’ll like the added length.  On this adventure with the Zinnia skirt, it was a great experience.  I challenged myself with the new skill to adding a button and PLEATS!!  Sorry I didn’t include a picture of the button but I’ll be sure to include it next time.  I will sew more Colette patterns in the future.  This pattern was a dream to work with … it’s cute.  Ha!  Still paused when I typed it.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll chat again on my next adventure!

10 responses to “Zinnia in a Zip

  1. lovely! I have a few Colette patterns but I haven’t sewn any yet. I’m a procrastinator… lol

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