Guilded Colette Lily

Another summer sewing project, this dress was made in a hurry but is still my favourite dress of the season.

From the front

The fabric was a serendipitous find from Walthamstow market at only a pound a meter. I have a sneaking suspicion it may have been a home dec cloth but this dress would not be defeated by such definitions. It has a thick slub like weft thread and a shiny warp and seems slightly mustard and green-gold depending on the light. These photos were taken in the sunny kitchen so they look more yellow.

The back – ignore the black zip – I was in hurry

The pattern is Colette’s Lily, one I overlooked in favour of the clever Hazel when the spring patterns were released. In hindsight, what a silly mistake. This pattern is fantastic, hugging all the right places and with pocket construction reminiscent of the Rooibos to top it off.


I made it in a rush for a work team dinner but I’m determined to find more excuses to wear it now!


  • Valeree October 13, 2012

    The fitting is great. Comfy or dressy when needed.

  • Crystal October 13, 2012

    Lovely dress. I like the color and silhouette is very flattering on you.

  • Nancy October 13, 2012

    This looks great on you!

  • Molly October 14, 2012

    Oh man, that is beautiful and it fits you perfectly!

  • Stephanie October 14, 2012

    Beautiful! Once again, I love the color.

  • Jenny October 14, 2012

    I love this colour on you, it’s gorgeous! I also think I prefer Lily to Hazel, but it seems to have been overlooked a little bit. It has a really lovely silhouette and is super feminine!

  • Nikki October 14, 2012

    What an amazing colour, which really suits you. The dress is stunning!

  • Mela October 14, 2012

    Ooooh! I LOVE the way it looks layered. I wouldn’t have thought to do that. Very chic. And that color is striking on you!

  • sallie October 14, 2012

    Beautiful! The fit is perfect, and I love the color!

  • Charlotte October 15, 2012

    I’d never really considered the Lily because I was afraid it wouldn’t work with my body type. After seeing yours I have to reconsider.

    That color is perfection on your skin tone.

  • Steph October 15, 2012

    Love that colour on you! You look fantastic – great job on the dress, definitely thinking I may have to make my own version now…

  • Trice October 15, 2012

    This dress looks great on you and the color too.
    I actually love the black zipper.

  • Amanda October 16, 2012

    Ohh! This is fabulous! I love this on you and the pockets are super cute!

  • Sølvi October 16, 2012

    What can I say? Just gorgeous! 🙂

  • Ginger October 16, 2012

    I LOVE this! The Lily dress was my favorite of the summer Colette patterns, but I received the Hazel as a gift, so I made that. Now I’m even sadder that I didn’t pick up the pattern! This is absolutely perfect– the shape and color are perfect on you! Well done!

  • Wanett October 18, 2012

    It’s so beautiful!! I loooooove that color with your skin and hair! I super love the casual look. Sometimes I shy away from certain patterns because I can’t think where I would wear the finished thing to. This gives me ideas!

  • Robbie January 06, 2013

    Fantastic! It’s a beautiful fit and SO nicely made. You are inspiring me!

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