OK. Take a deep breath. Imagine yourself on a beach somewhere, breathing in the fresh, salty, ocean air… and not hyperventilating about HOW CUTE THE NEW SPRING COLETTE PATTERNS ARE!!!
It’s official– I’m in love! I gave up buying anything sewy/knitty/etc for Lent (which, surprisingly, was AMAZING– I felt so free and easy and de-cluttered!), but when I saw that the launch of the new spring patterns was set for April 10th… after Easter… I knew I was doomed.
First up– the Hazel dress! This is beyond cute, and I particularly like the striped version. “Wait, Ginger”, I said to myself. “You’ve already got the somewhat similarly-shaped Simplicity 2209. Stay cool and don’t buy another pattern!”. I fought the urge and forged ahead.
The Hazel dress (photo by Colette)
However… the gorgeous Lily dress— holy cow, it was love at first sight! I can’t even be cool about it– it’s absolutely smashing, and I would feel like a seductive screen siren in this thing. I feel like it might even make li’l ol’ rectangular me feel like a saucy hourglass-figured vixen! Somehow I stayed strong and avoided temptation, but I think eventually I’ll have to cave and make this dress. It’s just way too fab!
The Lily dress (photo by Colette)
But when I saw the Iris shorts, I was overtaken by a force outside of my body that willed me to click away. Digital PDF?!?! Before I knew what was happening to me, I had bought and downloaded the pattern. Luckily, this is a super practical piece, and I was looking for a nice shorts pattern just this week! I’ll confess– I hate shorts. HATE them. Shorts are a sure-fire way for my legs to look weird and they’re either way too skimpy or way too frumpy (I don’t get it!). But I work outside in all weather, and it just gets too hot to wear jeans on 90+ degree days, so I figure I could use a few pairs of cute shorts. I gave up on my no-shorts vow last year and cut off my favorite pair of jeans in a fit of passion (what was I thinking?! I must’ve been in the middle of a heat stroke), THEN I had a slip ‘o’ the scissors that resulted in what can only be described as khaki hot pants (don’t worry– they were never worn).
The Iris shorts (photo by Colette)
I have to say, I’m in love with the digital format! It’s total instant gratification! I bought it yesterday, printed it out, cut it out, and started cutting out muslin last night! Also… the best part… I don’t have to bother with tracing the pattern (I feel too guilty just cutting out my lovely Colette patterns, and tracing is such a thoroughly joyless process for me that I often put off starting a project just because I’m dreading the tracing process so much!). Plus, they’re a few bucks cheaper, so it’s win-win for me! What are your thoughts on downloadable patterns? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Ambivalent?
OK, so let’s get down to business. Just because I’m behaving and not buying every single one of these doesn’t mean I don’t wanna share the love! I’d like to give away your choice of the three patterns in either paper or PDF format. Just leave a comment and let me know which pattern you’d like (and which format). You can enter until, let’s say, Saturday, April 14th at noon EST. I’ll pick a winner Saturday! Yay!