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Colette Patterns Hazel dress

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!

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The bodice front. The v-seamed detail add some interest and definitely emphasizes the bust. In my opinion this is a good pattern for smaller busted girls

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.

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I didn’t line this dress but serged all the seams neatly. I’ve thrown it in the wash and it’s held up perfectly

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!

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I did a hand picked zipper for this dress

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 placed the pattern pieces carefully when cutting out this fabric so that certain parts of the design would placed flatteringly

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  • http://Www.homeecny.blogspot.com CC Cesarik

    Love this dress!! Is the Amy butler fabric quilting weight or voile?

    • stephanie

      Thanks! I’m delighted with it. It’s quilting weight but I thought it turned out fine despite this. I think you can probably still get it. It’s part of Amy Butler’s Lark line and the full name is Kasbah in Midnight

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