I’m pretty sure this is my FAVORITE dress I’ve made yet. :)
I bought this Nani Iro border fabric as soon as the Colette Hazel dress pattern came out last spring. It’s a beautiful double-gauze fabric, and I have to say, it isn’t the cheapest fabric I’ve ever bought. 3 yards of it wasn’t super expensive, but I wanted to make sure until I had the pattern down perfect until I cut into the fabric.
I think all that anticipation sort of backfired, though. I didn’t have major problems putting the dress together, but I did cut one of the bodice pieces incorrectly - twice – which was sort of annoying (luckily I had a little extra yardage to get me through all the pieces). Also, I cut out 4 pocket pieces out of my precious border fabric, and turns out the blue floral pattern showed through the skirt. I’ve never made a white dress, so I really had no clue the pockets would show through. I consider it a lesson learned. Luckily I had enough white batiste from my underlining to cut out the pockets, and I think I can use the blue floral pocket pieces for another garment someday. :) I was able to learn from that mistake.
Now onto the good things. Here are some special touches I added to the pattern:
- The bodice and skirt are underlined with ‘imperial batiste’, which is a very nice poly cotton blend. It’s silky soft and has a nice drape – I ordered a little extra to use on the next nice garment I make.
- I used a catch stitch on both the facings and hem. I really enjoy using this stitch, it’s very therapeutic – kind of like knitting.
- I added a waist stay to the pattern (using Tasia’s tutorial here). It was much easier than I expected, and the skirt ended up being a little heavy with both the double gauze and lining fabrics. I’m really happy I tried it – I plan on using it on more gathered skirt dresses!
- I included a hand-picked zipper (like my previous Hazel dress). I don’t think I’ll ever go back to invisible zippers!!
I didn’t realize this at the time of cutting, but I unintentionally left the name of the designer and fabric on right at the hem. I really like how it turned out – that way, whoever ends up with the dress years from now will be able to reference the designer and when it was manufactured. :)
Also – did you notice…? NO MORE BLONDE!! I did it! I got rid of my blonde highlights. :)
I mentioned on my 30 before 30 list that I wanted to grow out my highlights before next year. I originally made a hair appointment last week to see how I could make the transition easier (I was thinking I could do some sort of temporary highlights). But once I was there I decided to just take the jump and dye my hair as close to my original color as possible. The thing is, I’ve been highlighting my hair for about 10 years now, so I’m not even sure what my original color looks like! Although it didn’t turn out exactly how I imagined, I think that the color is pretty close.
To be honest, I sort of regretted the decision shortly after leaving the salon. The change was pretty drastic, and I know it’s not exactly what my hair will look like when it grows out. But.. I figure I’ve done it now, and I’m sure that the color will soften up over time. At least it’s over with, and I don’t have to go through getting temporary highlights or anything else for the next year as it all grows out!! So I’m trying to be brave about it. What do you all think? Does it look normal, or kind of crazy?
Take care, everyone. I leave you with this picture of my gorgeous Canela… who is quite the trickster. I’ve taught her 3 new tricks since I finished up spring semester! She can now roll over, hold a ball on her nose, and shake. I’ll have to take a video and post it here soon. She’s like a circus sideshow act when she does them all in a row. ;) Hehehe…