Another dress! My second version of the Colette Patterns Hazel pattern, this time in black and white stripe.
I shamelessly took inspiration for this version from the model on the Colette Patterns Hazel page. I just love the basic stripes, and I love that with this pattern you don’t have to worry so much about matching them up! Perfect for beginners (and OCD personalities) like me. :) This pattern is so flattering, quick to make, and very easy to wear. I seriously want to make 5 more.
Jose and I drove to Houston this week for his sister’s wedding, so I took the opportunity to take pictures outside at an old plantation style home near her house. It’s now a bed and breakfast, although I noticed a for sale sign out front. So sad – I’d love to have an extra $300k burning a hole in my pocket to buy the place! I’d be like a modern-day Scarlett O’ Hara, and spend all my time making dresses out of curtains…
Back to the dress…
I noticed in my previous version, the lining sort of tugged at the side seams underneath the arms. So this time I decided to underline the dress, instead. Underlining takes a bit more time, but it’s very easy and the results make the dress feel much more luxurious and expensive. I read in the book Couture Sewing Techniques that couture designers typically underline their garments, rather than use a lining, so I decided to give it a shot. I was afraid the dress would end up too heavy, or that the skirt would stick to my legs while walking, but I think I like underlining a lot better than lining! I’m glad to have finally tried out the technique.
I’m also pleased to have had the chance to wear my first version a couple of times before starting on a new version, because it gave me the opportunity to see how the dress wears throughout the day. I realized that the skirt was a bit too short, and too constricting for my taste. So I took Tasia’s advice to make the skirt fuller and longer by cutting a larger size skirt, and it worked! I went up to a size 10 in the skirt (the bodice is a size 4), which added about two inches in width fullness, and 1 inch in length. Since the skirt pieces are basically just rectangles, it’s easier to increase the fullness this way. This is a nice trick to remember for similar patterns in the future.
I plan to make my next Hazel dress out of some gorgeous border print fabric, but that will have to wait until next week when we get home. In the meantime, Blanca and Canela are happy to be reunited with their cousins, Chloe and Del Piero. Look how gorgeous they are together!!