Here’s a new floral dress to add to my wardrobe – Hazel!
I sure know what I like – colourful, printed, feminine dresses. Dresses like this are so easy to wear. I’ll add a cardigan, boots and tights in the winter, maybe even an extra pair of socks on top of the tights and a warm hat. In summer, a printed dress is the easiest thing to throw on. Just a pair of comfy flats or cute sandals and I’m good to go!
(For some reason, the heat has been cranked up in my office, so it was no problem to model the dress without tights or a sweater…just in case you were wondering why I don’t look cold here!)
Plus, since the background of the print is dark, it counts as a wintery dress in my mind. (As opposed to a light or white-based print, which looks too summery for wearing with black tights.)
I cut a straight size 2 except for the skirt pieces.
I cut the size 18 skirt bottom, both length and width. Why? I wanted a little more fullness in the gathered skirt. I could tell from the sample photos that the skirt was not very full, and I like more fullness both for comfort and for the silhouette. Rather than overthink it, by using the largest size skirt pattern I was able to add a couple more inches of extra fullness in the gathers.
Mark the centre front of the skirt! I like to make a little snip into the fold so it’s easier to line up the gathers. Make sure to snip the centre front of the bodice if needed, although on the Hazel the seamlines meet in the centre front so it’s easy to line up.
If you wanted to use a regular zipper, a 14″ would be the right length, a little on the long side but 12″ is too short. I was going to use a regular zipper, but then decided to follow the directions and use an invisible one since I had one on hand. (I prefer regular zippers but I do like how the invisibles look.)
(the strap is slipping in this photo but I swear they do properly cover my bra straps!)
The waist is a little higher than my natural waist.. but I really liked the proportions of the dress that way! The skirt is on the long side, and the bodice is on the short side, so I look a little taller while still having plenty of leg coverage. (Or perhaps I don’t look much taller, but it does make the legs look longer as opposed to having a long torso and short legs..)
Like my Chantilly, it’s a little loose through the ribcage and waist, but I like it. If I want it to show off the figure more, I’ll wear a cardigan and button it at the waistline only, but in the meantime it’s nice to be able to eat a big meal.
The bust darts are a teeny bit pointy. To avoid the pointed look, sew the darts with a bit of a curve. Which I did, but they’re still a little prominent, partly because of the shape and partly because my fabric is quite crisp. I’m thinking of replacing the darts with gathers, perhaps on a future version.
I finished the waist seam allowances and tacked the facings to the bodice, both things weren’t specifically noted in the instructions but I did out of habit. I also topstitched the waist seam for no real reason. It’ll be hidden under a belt most times I wear this dress, I’d imagine.
I also thought about making this project complicated: adding lining, adding underlining to the bodice, lace to the lining hem, maybe some piping along the top edge.. and then decided to keep it simple! Sometimes it’s great to pick up and sew a simple project as is, and let the fabric and styling stand alone. I’ll save the piping and embellishments for Hazel Number Two.
Overall thoughts? A great, simple, quick-to-sew sundress that’s perfect for printed fabrics where you want the print to be the focus.
Make again? You bet! Are you surprised that I already have plenty of fabric that would be suitable for more Hazels?
Have you made the Hazel dress?