This is my third attempt at sewing the Colette Pattern Rooibos. I wasn’t sure what a Rooibos is /was so I looked it up. Rooibos is a plant/bush grown in South Africa used to make an herbal tea. It is pronounced Roy- Boss. I love Colette Patterns, they name their patterns after something “sweet” and edible or in this case drinkable. I feel all the smarter for it. You learn something new everyday, right?
So in the spirit of learning something new, it took me three times to get it through my noggin of how I should approach the construction of the Rooibos.
The first time I sewed this disaster,
from a brown linen fabric with a silk ballet pink trim- somehow I got all the pieces mixed up on the skirt part of the dress and it ended up in the “circular file” (trash can).
The second attempt was this disaster.
The black corduroy was too heavy and I ran very low on the black and white polka dot. It ended up being too big and slipped off my shoulders. It really was a disaster. It is hanging in my closet, never, ever, to be worn. NEVER! Sometimes it’s hard to part with a garment you spent so much time on.
Here is my third attempt.
Rooibos in a mustard yellow with pink polka dot accents and pink rick rack.
Here is the inside.
Flipping the hem up you can also see that I used the pink polka dot fabric to extend the skirt of my dress. It hemmed up nicely on the inside.