I completed my Hazel dress from Colette Patterns last summer towards the end of August. It’s a simple dress with a v-seamed bodice and dirndl style skirt. It also has pockets! I love pockets in a dress. It’s marked as a beginner pattern and it certainly was very quick and easy to finish. The instructions in every Colette Patterns pattern I have used are so simple and straightforward to follow. They’re perfect for beginners. The fabric is Amy Butler Kasbah that I picked up in The Cloth Shop last year. The dress works really well with strips as well. At some point I think I’ll make one out of a nice striped seersucker. The lines of the design work really well with stripes and I’ve seen some fabulous ones on various sewing blogs. I must have one myself!
I had to fix a few problems with the straps after I’d finished the dress because once I wore it for a while I realised they slipped off my shoulders and just didn’t sit right. Now that I sorted them out it’s a very comfortable dress. When I first put it on I felt that it made my bust look huge! But on reflection it actually balances out my pear shape body quite well. The waist isn’t very fitted. I could have probably taken it in a little but it’s comfortable the way it is and I think sometimes you can become obsessed with overfitting things. I decided to leave this one go.
The dress isn’t lined but since it’s a light summer dress that’s perfectly fine. I serged the seams and they’ve held up very well. I love seeing nicely finished seams when I put an item I’ve made on! It’s a little bit of an obsession of mine. I’ve come to realise over time that you feel a lot happier with the finished item if you’ve done every step properly. When I started sewing I used to cut corners because I was so excited to see the finished result. However, they are now the items that I don’t wear because I’m not happy with them. The ugly finishing is the only thing I can focus on!
With a large print like this I feel that sometimes if the pattern pieces aren’t placed carefully during cutting you can end up with an unflattering look. I paid particular attention to placing the pieces for the front bodice. I think it’s ended up quite flattering. I’m very happy with it anyway.
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.