It seems weird to write a new post without mentioning my absence on the blog, but I don’t want to dwell on it too long. We can’t change the past, all I can hope is that I will be sticking around for awhile this time. Although I have been absent from this blog I have been lurking around the sewing world. Loving all the creations and inspiration on my blog roll over the Summer, you ladies are so inspiring I just had to jump back in the blogging game. I have been sewing up a storm this Summer and plan on blogging my backlog before firmly rooting myself into the Fall. Expect to see, Peony, Jasmine, Mabel, Designs by Gertie, and possibly a fun apron and granola recipe! Now without further ado, my Hazel by Colette Patterns.
I made this Hazel back in April, yes April, for New Orleans Jazzfest. The dress made it and was perfect for hot, humid, days, and long, sweaty, dance fueled, nights. I loved this little dress and plan to make more next Summer, hopefully the right fabric for the dress will find me.
I like sundresses, but am easily annoyed by showing bra straps, I’ll do it, but I don’t like it. I was so happy to be able to adjust to straps to where I like them. Although on my next Hazel I will shorten the straps a smidge (very technical measurement).
This dress is unlined and I really debated if it was opaque enough. In the end I decided that the easy breezy Summer dress feel was well worth the flash of the silhouette of my legs in certain light, how risqué! I adjusted the bust darts curving them slightly as suggested by the many Hazel pattern reviews online. I managed to avoid the pointy dart syndrome that so many encountered with this dress. This dress has the longest zipper on the planet because for some silly reason I forgot to shorten it. It ends roughly four inches from the hem. Oh well, it doesn’t seem to affect the drape of the garment much.
This is how I styled the dress in New Orleans. I danced the night away at The Blue Nile in this outfit and a pair of biker boots.
I love this fabric, I believe it is a batiste. It is light like a voile with a slight shine that has lasted through several washes, but does seem to be fading.
I love how the dress displays my tattoo. This is enough of a reason for me to make this dress again.
The dress is fatalistic, fun, and flirty, but I am not sure how much I like gathered skirts on my body. I also think that if/when I make this dress again I would lengthen the skirt by 2 or 3 inches.
Prancing away… Don’t worry, I’ll be back again soon.