The Japanese Macaron

Japanese Macaron

Long time no see, readers! I just got back from a little family vacay in Florida. These pics were taken in Justin’s grandmother’s back yard. There may or may not be alligators in that pond…

I finished this dress the night before we left on our two day drive from Texas to Florida.


The dress has a special story behind it – the lovely Erin from i heart fabric sent me this Japanese fabric (which I love!). It has a special name for the print method but I can’t remember what it was and I can’t find the selvage anymore. Boo. If anyone knows what this kind of fabric is called lemme know!

She sent me some other sewing goodies, too, which I hope to utilize soon! Thanks so much Erin!!!

So on to the details:

The Goal: I’ve made this pattern twice before but I wanted to give it another go as a test version in a different size before I make it in some real expensive fabric.


The Pattern: Colette’s Macaron dress. I loved my first one but when I lost some weight the dress was too big and because of the sheer yoke fabric I used it wouldn’t be easy to alter. The second dress I made in a size 2 which fits well, and I love the dress and the fabric I used but I thought a size 4 would give me a little more wiggle room. I was right. This time I made a 4 and it’s perfect.


The Fabric: This cool Japanese navy and white print. The bottom portion is the right side of the fabric and the yoke and sleeves are the reverse. The yoke is on the cross grain, too, which i think makes a fun effect.


Also, check out that pattern matching! Well, at least on the front bodice and the front waistband. The bottom of the waistband and the skirt are slightly off but you can hardly tell there’s a waistband at all at the top!


The Changes: None to the design other than adding piping to the sleeves, neckline, and yoke. Technically I tried out a new way to finish the seams on the pockets and pocket slit openings which I always end up forgetting to do until it’s too late. I hate leaving important seams unfinished. 🙁


The Results: I love this dress. It’s probably one of my favorite makes ever. It’s super cute, fits great, the fabric is unique and cool and I’ve always loved the design, especially the sleeve detail. I think this dress deserves a happy jumping shot!

I had a great vacation but I’m glad to be home!
  • lk

    Hands down, best version of this pattern!

  • Wendy Parthoens

    Your fabric placement is (almost entirely) impeccable! Wow, well done! And vacation is always fun, but coming home always feels like ‘coming home’!

  • Bec Stitches

    Gorgeous! Love it

  • I agree with you. This dress is really cute, and I love that fabric! Great job matching the print throughout. You’ve made a real gem!

  • Amanda Adams

    Loving the use of pattern placement! So fun!

  • This is beautiful! I love how you used the reverse for the yoke…it turned out great!

  • Clipped Curves

    Glad you enjoyed your holiday… that sounds like one very long drive though! The dress is fab… great idea to use the reverse of the fabric as a contrast – it works so well with this fabric.
    Emma Jayne

  • It’s gorgeous, Dixie! Awesome print, and that really is some seriously impressive pattern matching. x

  • This is lovely. And thank you for doing it, because you have solved an issue I was about to have with my macaron and saved me a lot of frustration. And you just thought you were making a pretty dress!

  • Gail

    Gorgeous! I never would have thought to do such a large print with this dress, but it looks amazing!

  • This is the Japanese cats’ pajamas! Love love love, especially how you played with the wrong/right side. I have a Salme pattern that is similiar to the Colette and you’re making me want to pull it out of cold storage….

  • sallieforrer

    This looks great!! You really nailed the fit, and what an awesome fabric! Love it!

  • Laura

    Wow! This dress looks completely different (and awesome) in this fabric.

  • Really cute!!!!!

  • Oooooohhhh-aaaaahhhhh! I think this is one of my favorite of your makes, too! The pattern placement and matching and play really makes it special and you nailed the fit.

  • Killer job matching that print! This looks awesome! Is this two different fabrics? Or is the yoke just the “wrong” side of the fabric?

  • Lauren Taylor

    This is my favorite version of the Macaron I have ever seen! It totally deserves a happy jumping shot – everything about it is perfect. The fit, the fabric (gaaaaahhhh, the fabric!!), the pattern matching, the piping! Yay!

  • Leila

    I love the way you played with the print! Such a great dress!

  • Love it!! Love the pattern placement especially. Dress well done!!

  • Wow on the pattern matching and manipulating! This dress looks fantastic on you and I can see why you love it. I love it, too!

  • Taracat

    This fabric works so well with this pattern. This has to be one of the best versions I’ve seen. And I am so impressed by your pattern matching.

  • I love that you used both sides of the fabric, it’s a really nice was to get a subtle contrast and that fabric is so beautiful, you picked the perfect pattern to show it off 🙂

  • Sarah Sew Love

    amazing, so clever you flipping the fabric over, did that happen on accident and then you thought hmm dang that looks fab!?! 🙂 Love that print, super flattering on you. Makes me wanna head out to buy that pattern asap.

  • that kind of happened when i didn’t realize which was the right side of the fabric. I think the darker side is the right side. I just liked both of them so much I decided to not get a whole different fabric for the yoke and instead used the reverse.

    thanks sarah! i love this pattern.

  • thanks!! yeah, this fabric is pretty cool and i’ve never seen anything else like it.

  • why thank you! 😉 i’m glad everyone’s liking this dress as much as i do!

  • thanks angela!!

  • thanks clio! it’s definitely a fave.

  • wow, really? thanks so much, lauren! that means a lot 😉

  • This dress is amazing! I love fabrics that have a wrong side worth showing – instant perfectly complimentary patterns!

  • fashionforwardbitch

    I love the fit at the waist.the fabric is adorable

  • Hanne

    Amazing!! I love it!!

  • Thimble & Cork

    Gorgeous! Great fabric for this design. Love it!

  • Amy

    Love how you got the triangles right over the bust! Very flattering. It’s nice seeing this done up in a chic graphic-y print. I’ve never really been drawn to this pattern but this definitely makes me look again. Totally changes the feel of the dress into something kind of urban cool. Welcome back to the furnace!

  • This is fabulous! Love that fabric! Great for work or the weekend =)