Sunday, 9 February 2014

Colour Blocked Laurel + Coming soon: Mad Men Dress Challenge!

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

Um ... Happy New Year peeps! Yeah that's right, it's freaking 2014 and I haven't blogged since December 2013. Whaaaaa? Julia, put the egg-nog down!

Don't worry, I haven't just been in my pyjamas this whole time eating christmas chocolate (much). I've also made a few things, and here is one of my latest:

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

It's another Laurel by Colette Patterns! This is the second time I've made this dress and once again it was an easy-breezy quick sew and a pleasure to make. You can check out my first Laurel here.

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns
Two Laurel's side by side

Details:
I made the sleeveless version using suiting fabric and bias binding to finish the sleeves and neck edge.

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette PatternsJulia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

Changes:
I shorted the dress by about four cm and took the side seams in slightly around the waist. This gave the dress just a little bit more shape but still kept the loose fitted structure of a shift dress.
Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette PatternsJulia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

I also cut the pattern into three pieces to make a colour blocked effect, and now I just want to colour block everything! I love the combination of white, grey and yellow.

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

Accessories:
Shoes - Piccola Italy by Joanne Mercer in brown
Necklace - Neon Geometric by LiKeGjewelry

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

Love:
This dress is super comfortable to wear and is getting a real work out this Australian summer! I love how easy it is to jazz up with a pretty necklace and I especially love how fast and simple it is to sew. Its a winner!

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns


Recent Indulgent Purchases:
So if you've been following my instagram, you may have seen my latest two babies:  Two amazing necklaces from Strangely Yours

A mini sewing machine complete with its own little spool of thread. Oh, and it says 'Julia Bobbin' on it. SHUT-UP!
And a mini polaroid camera, that has a little photo that pops in and out. That's a tiny photo of me and my two faves. It is so freaking cute that it burns my eyes!


Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette PatternsJulia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

News:
Coming soon ... Mad Men Dress Challenge Number 3!! Yes that's right, it's that time of the year again where we all get together and indulge ourselves with fabulous vintage sewing inspired by the TV show Mad Men! 

It's a ridiculous amount of fun and I absolutely love seeing what everyone comes up with! I'll be posting details about it in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out the last two years Mad Men Sew-a-longs to get yourselves excited!

Julia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette PatternsJulia Bobbin - Colour blocked Laurel by Colette Patterns

Eek! I am loving 2014 so much already! I can't wait to sew with everyone this year!

53 comments:

  1. love the color blocking! those colors look awesome together. i've only cheered from the sidelines of the mad men challenges... so, joining or not, i look forward to seeing all the MM outfits!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Truly pretty color blocked dress and you look great as always. Can not wait for MM challenge :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Hana, I'm excited too! I get the feeling this one is going to be epic!

      Delete
  3. Like the dress, pretty and simple, love the necklaces, they are the cutest things I've seen in a while.

    Hannah.
    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Hannah! I'm really into my accessories at the moment. They really add to an outfit!

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Well you're just my favourite person now! :)

      Delete
  5. So lovely! I'm swooning just thinking of the Australian summer right now...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jenny you might be swooning, but we're all sweltering! I shouldn't complain though, I do love the heat :)

      Delete
  6. Lovely dress and am so looking forward to the Mad Men challenge. SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees ❀

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love love love those colours, they please my eye so! Really looking forward to the Mad Men challenge, count me in!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hooray! Looking forward to seeing what you make! I wonder who you'll model yourself off.

      Delete
  8. Very cute! Love the colorblocking - that yellow pop is perfect! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know looking back at my garments I tend to sew with a lot of yellow so it's obviously a subconscious favourite of mine. Thanks lovely :)

      Delete
  9. Love your color-blocked Laurel! It's such a fun, quick dress to sew up and looks adorable on you. Looking forward to this year's Mad Men Challenge!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wonderful colors! They really go well together, and that's such a lovely shape.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is so lovely! It's a great color combination!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow! I've seen a lot of pretty Laurel dresses, including both of yours. I love all the colors you added, especially the yellow! :) I'm not sure of the silhouette because I love a fitted bodice. I might have to take it in at the waist like you did. I shall make this pattern work for me! Oh, oh! I'm super excited for the mad men challenge! I've been...uhh...stalking your blog and I was wondering if you'll host another one. Yipeee!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looking forward to seeing what you make this year!

      Delete
  13. Hi Julia, great to see you back and what a fabulous return. Your dress is just to die for. Great colour combination and a lovely semi fitted shape. Just perfect with your necklace. Australian summer sounds lovely. Here in Scotland we are having cold cold rain - not even a puff of snow and lots of gales. Yuck! I am making a wool jacket but can 't wait to start on the Mad Men 2014 challenge. P.s I started my own wee sewing blog for 2014 and have no followers :-(. Would be honoured if you take a look. Anniesinstitches at bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great dress! I've been wondering where you've been! Eeek! im excited! i've been wanting an excuse to recreate Megans wardrobe for ages!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Catherine I'm obsessed with Megan's wardrobe too! In fact, I think I'm starting to prefer it to Joan's, though I'm yet to make something of hers.

      Delete
  15. so excited for this year's mad men challenge!!! I have a couple things in mind :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love the color blocking, looks so fab on you!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ahhh those necklaces are sooo sweet! Love the dress - that pattern is sooo versatile!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh my, how this dress is getting me in the mood for Easter. I can smell the warmth. I know on your side if the equator, it's hot , but I've been freezing my tush off.

    I'm excited for your mad men challenge! I've been concentrating a lot of finding my style of sewing, and a lot of it is vintage inspired, a la 1950s.

    ReplyDelete
  19. That is such a lovely colour palette. Plus the shape is great on you. Gor.geous.

    ReplyDelete
  20. JULIA! Stop being so adorable! I love this dress, your vision for it is amazing. I'm glad to see you back. I've been slow on the posting too. Mommyhood can get the best of you, and it's worth it. I'm excited for this Mad Men challenge, I'm thinking of joining - it gives me an excuse to find a vintage maternity pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Such a cute laurel. I love the colour blocking! And yaay for mad men challenge - can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  22. The colour blocking looks great! I like the way you've made the dress a little more tailored, and those necklaces... super cute!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love this! Love the colour-blocking. I have been so obsessed with shifts lately

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a prefect way to pop up the Laurel! Love the colour combo!
    I SO want to do this Mad Men challenge! :D

    ReplyDelete
  25. Lovely combination of colours and a really cute Laurel! I wish summer comes here too,quickly :)
    I've seen your previous MadMen challenges, only too late to take part, so I'll make sure, I don't miss this one.

    ReplyDelete
  26. SO. PRETTY. julia that color combo, yumalicious. and that necklace!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Love the colour block dress, very summery!!
    Yay! I'm so pleased your doing a mad men three challenge, I hope to be able to join in this time, you know what the say, third time lucky ;)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Absolutely gorgeous!! I just love the color combo with the color blocking. I would never have thought to do this, great job!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love the color blocking! It's amazing how different your two versions of the Laurel dress look with the addition of this effect!

    I'm very pleased to hear you're hosting a third Mad Men sew along! I've very much enjoyed participating during the last two years! We're going to have to find a new program to sew along with! The series, Masters of Sex has some brilliant 50's inspired costuming. It's no Mad Men, but what is?

    ReplyDelete
  30. i like the pop of yellow!! goes well with the grey!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I can't stop thinking about this dress and lurking your website to get another peek of it. I can't wait to have a go at a copy cat.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Julia, I love EVERYTHING you make! And now I too want to colour block too! And also finally get on Twitter to follow YOU! Not even mentioning how much I'm looking forward to MMDC3, squeeeeeeeee!

    ReplyDelete
  33. OMG I cannot believe it is that time already! I feel like I just finished my last Peggy dress. Not really, it just makes me realize I how unproductive I have been (sewing wise) since then. Time to get inspired!!

    Also, love your color blocked Laurel. Happy to see your makes in my blog feed again, dear!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Love ur dress and blog! Following
    www.thatssewnaija.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. Love this dress so much! A gorgeous colourblocked snazzy number like this is totally what my wardrobe is needing.

    Oh, and MM Challenge? I'm riffling through my patterns as we speak!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Fashion Outfits nice blog, get information about latest fashion, and stay up to date. :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. You look really cute with the dress. Lovely posts by the way I love the neck piece as well.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi fives, fellow Laurel lover!!! I've made three versions of it already - a dress and two tops - and plan on continuing to populate my wardrobe with more! LOL. Love your colour blocking option - gray and yellow are so fantastic together! :)

    Hope I'll be able to participate in the Mad Men challenge FINALLY this year - work keeps getting in the way! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  39. This is such a great version of the Laurel. I love the colours you chose, they are so soft and muted and go together really well.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Loved both your Laurels and can't wait for MMC3!

    ReplyDelete
  41. This is so gorgeous! I totally want to copy it, that colour combination is killing me

    ReplyDelete