One Pattern, Seven Bloggers reveal + giveaway winners announced!

Wowzers! I can't believe it took us two years to revisit One Pattern, Seven Bloggers, yet it's over so fast! As you can see from my finished Macaron, I hadn't actually started it when I wrote my inspiration post last week...hope you don't hold that against me. In fact, the only thing I stuck to was my beautiful fabric, courtesy of Minerva Crafts - you really should check out their excellent fabric selection!


I decided against the Named-inspired collar because there was already a lot going on here. I was also unable to recreate Dixie's asymmetrical circle skirt, because I didn't have enough fabric and the front would have ended up indecently short. But, I did still want an 'interesting' circle skirt, so I settled on a high-low hem - high at the sides and low at the front and back. Not quite as good as Dixie's, but interesting nonetheless.  


Overall, I'm not blown away by this dress, mainly due to two errors on my part. One: It's a lot more empire-line than I expected. I shortened the bodice by my usual inch - I do this adjustment for every single pattern - but this time it came up way to short. The waistband sits too close to my under-bust, so it's not possible to get the nipped in waist as I would have liked. Two: I made a poor choice in fabric. Despite its good looks, my main fabric was too bulky (think very pretty wetsuit) for this dress, making the skirt stick out at the side seams. Also, I don't think cotton poplin was a great idea for the yoke either...something a bit softer or with some drape would have pressed and looked better. 
Having said all this, I do love the Macaron and I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. Apart from getting the bodice length wrong, I'm really happy with how it fits across the chest, shoulders and back...which is no mean feat! And, I love the sweet little sleeves! They're cleverly constructed, have a lovely shape and the perfect amount of gathers. All in all, I'd love to sew this up again in a more casual fabric, as I think it would make a cute little day-to-evening dress.


Please don't forget to check out my other partners in blogging crime - they've each made rather beautiful Macarons:




Rachel - My Messings




I also want to say a HUGE thanks again to our wonderful sponsors and to congratulate our giveaway winners, who are listed below and will be contacted via email:



Lil - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Colette Patterns 

Josephine - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Guthrie & Ghanie 

MaciNic - 1 x Macaron Pattern thanks to Stitch 56

Elizabeth - 1 x Pattern of your choice thanks to Sew Squirrel

Kathleen S - 1 x Colette Pattern of your choice thanks to Indie Stitches 

Joanne - 1 x Colette Pattern of your choice thanks to The Haby Goddess

Amy - 1 x $20 gift voucher thanks to Fabric Worm 

Sew Charleston - 1 x $30 gift voucher thanks to A Fashionable Stitch




Finally, I want to thank all of you for showing such interest in our fun little challenge...I know all seven of us were overwhelmed by your response!

I'm now signing off with my best peacock impression...


62 comments:

  1. That skirt is fantastic! I love a full circle skirt. I love the pattern of your fabric. Pity about the weight of it. Regardless of the issues it looks amazing on you!

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  2. Oh my gosh I LOVE the skirt! It adds such interest to the dress! And it really is a beautiful print! I'm sorry it didn't come out quite as you imagined - but I still think it's a total winner!!

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    1. Thanks Sallie! It's always reassuring when people seem to really dig something that's underwhelmed you ;o)

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  3. I think the dress looks great on you! I love your fabric choice.

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  4. Wow, the skirt looks amazing! I can't believe it is the Macaroon pattern - it looks completely different! Nobody will notice the fabric issues, so wear it with proud :)

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    1. Thanks you Ela...it's a very versatile pattern for sure!

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  5. I had a similar issue with the bodice when I made it, but in my case, I made a muslin and it definitely needed to be shortened, which leads me to believe that it's just a high-waisted pattern? I think your version looks beautiful, anyhow!

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    1. Thanks Alice! I think you're right that it's probably a higher waisted pattern than others...if I'd left it alone it would have been the perfect length. I'll know for next time though ;o)

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  6. beautiful dress. I really like how you made it that bit different. well done! x

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  7. That looks amazing! I made a macaron years ago but I made rubbish fabric choices. I love the full skirt it makes it so dramatic! Good Job Lady x

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    1. Thanks a million lady! Are you tempted to try again?

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  8. I love the skirt! I think I like that shape even more than the original one you wanted. Looks great on you, and is different enough to add interest! Love your fabric choice too, even if it wasn't ideal for the pattern. The print looks wonderful in that dress!

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    1. Thanks so much Shannon, that's really kind of you!

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  9. I love the dress! Just looking at the dress makes me want to make one myself!

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  10. you girls are making me want a macaron NOW! too bad the fabric didnt behave, because the print is amazing. it looks absolutely smashing!

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  11. i love your treatment of the circle skirt! great idea, and hey--no need to worry about hang time before hemming! too bad the fabrics didn't work out perfectly, but this is a really nice look on you!

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    1. Haha, yes...I definitely didn't have to wait for hang time!

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  12. I really like your take on the 'interesting' circle skirt Marie!! Also, I used a poplin on the yolk of my second macaron and actually found the same thing you did, it doesn't sit as nicely as an actual cotton. And I also found the waist wayyyy too short, I had to add on about 2 inches (and that was before I decided to omit the waistband!).

    But I think you've made a gorgeous dress, and I am in love with your colour combination :) I hope we can do it all again next year!!!

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    1. Thanks Jen and yeah, we'll have to do it again next year! So much fun!

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  13. I think your modified circle skirt is fabulous! I'm sorry your fabric gave you trouble, but it really is beautiful. I wonder if using something drapier for the yoke would have made it WORSE, since it seems like your main fabric is pretty heavy. I bet it would have pulled and stretched, so you were probably wise in using the poplin. I had so much fun doing this challenge with you and I would love to do it again!

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    1. I never thought of that, but you're probably right! I feel better about it already! And yes, we really must do it again ;o)

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  14. Haha, that's a great peacock pose! I'm sad to hear the fabric is not right, because in the photos it looks gorgeous. Those colours suit your beautiful complexion, and they're getting me so excited for SPRING! xxx

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    1. Hehe, thanks lady! I'm jealous that you're heading into Spring!

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  15. That is stunning! I love the way your high low skirt is longer at the front and back - it's so flattering on you. It looks very high fashion x

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    1. Wow, high fashion eh!?! Thank you!

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  17. Such beautiful fabric for the main bodice!!!! Perfect colours on you, and I really love the silhouette and proportions on you, even if you think the bodice is shorter than you would like. It's lovely!

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  18. This looks so great, the circle skirt is such an awesome modification and those sleeves are amazing. Nice job!

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  19. Ooh I think it looks very stylish! Different but still recognisable as the Macaron with a big dollop of wow!

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  20. I think this is so lovely and think your concerns about the weight appear unfounded - it looks perfect! I always wonder how those light drapey fabrics hold up a heavier weight dress body. Also really love your high low sides. So pretty! Go dancing!

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    1. Thanks Heather...dancing I shall go!

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  21. This looks great, I love the high low hem. The fabric is beautiful, wonderful alteration.

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  22. hands down the most intriguing macaron ever!!! i actually like the empire waist paired with the dramatic skirt, it's absolutely lovely on you.

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    1. Hehe...intriguing, eh!?! Well thank you for the kind comment!

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  23. My favorite part of your dress is that skirt. Amazing

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  24. I am in awe of your revisions to the original, with such a peacock power circle skirt!! It's truly lovely on you Marie, very dramatic but not overly so. Really pretty colours and such a great fit. Actually, you have the odd doubt, but I think you should live with it and then see as it really looks amazing in all ways x

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    1. Thanks so much Winnie, you always have the words to cheer me up!

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  25. Wow, this is so cool! It's such a dramatic, fun dress! Great job, girl!

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  26. OMG I cant believe you don't love it. It looks gorgeous on you:)
    It is totally adorable, I'm in love with it!

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  27. Marie, I think your dress is beautiful, and you look lovely in it! I know it can be a bummer, when the fabric doesn't exactly match the pattern and the shape and drape of the dress, but in this case it doesn't show...I already saw the other girls' makes, and I particularly liked Jennifer's. Nice challenge!
    Filia!

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    1. Thanks so much Elpida mou, it's so kind of you to say! Yes, Jen's dress is gorgeous and so are all the others ;o)

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  28. I've made this pattern twice, but never with a full skirt. I LOVE this look!

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    1. Thanks lady! In contrast, I'm now itching to make it in a more casual style ;o)

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  29. I really like your Macaron!! I love what you did with the skirt and how it looks, and I love your choice of fabric!!

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  30. It's beautiful! I'm sorry the weight of the fabric didn't work out the way you hoped. I hope you will still wear this dress a lot because it's really cute. Love the skirt shape!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure I'll find reason to wear it now and again ;o)

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