What I Made | Black Floral Hazel

Did I mention I love this pattern? ;)


I have so many fabrics lying around that are perfect for the Colette Hazel dress pattern. I’m going to have to restrain myself from making too many more!! It’s just such a comfortable and cute dress, and not to mention flattering!

I do have plans to make one last version of the dress (for now!) ;) . I’ve been saving up this Nani Iro border print, and wanted to make sure I have everything JUST PERFECT with the fit and construction of the pattern before I cut into the beautiful fabric. I have to say it’s probably the most special fabric I have in my stash. I can’t wait to show you when it’s done!!

Just like my last version, I added an underlining to the dress. The fashion fabric I used was a very stiff cotton poplin, but I just like having that underlining to smooth out any bumps, and it also keeps the skirt from riding up as I walk (to make things clear, I used an underlining on the bodice, and then sort of a hybrid lining / underlining on the skirt piece).


If you look closely, you can see the catch-stitches I did on the bodice facing. I used to hate hand stitching, because I thought it slowed things down, but now I find it to be very therapeutic once you get the hang of it. :)


Something new I tried on this version was a hand-picked zipper. I’m super-OCD about my seams lining up at the back, and I’ve only been able to achieve that once or twice (by chance) when I use the machine to insert an invisible zipper. I like that the hand-picked method allows you to have way more control of the process. I also like that you can replace the zipper someday if it breaks or gets stuck. I always feel like invisible zippers are so permanent after you put them in, and that scares me. :/

I learned how to do this from Tasia’s post on hand-picked zippers. That girl has so many tutorials and tips on her site, I really owe a lot of what I’ve learned to her!!

Can you see the picked zipper stitches here, on the zipper tape?


In other news – did you all notice my site got a bit of a facelift? I wasn’t completely sold on the old format, and really love how simple and clean this one is. Plus that little ribbon detail at the menu adds just a hint to sewing, without going over-the-top cutesy.

I’ve been learning a lot about this whole blog thing – it’s definitely a work in progress! Something else I did this week was join Bloglovin, which makes it easier for me to keep up with all the blogs I read each day. Please click the link below if you’re on there and want to follow me!

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Here’s a little shot of my baby Blanca, peering out the kitchen door. I was playing with some new settings on my camera when I took this. She’s such a gracious model. :)


Thanks for stopping by! Hope ya’ll have a lovely week!!


4 thoughts on “What I Made | Black Floral Hazel

  1. Thanks for the interior shots! I’ve got my Hazel pattern, I’ve got some fabric . . . all I need is some underlining fabric and I’m gonna do it!

    1. Thanks so much!! I had so much fun making this version!! The dirndl skirt on this pattern is very similar to the emerald green skirt you just made… :) I just love the silhouette, don’t you? It’s very forgiving, and so easy to make. xoxo

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