Meet the nighttime version of Hazel aka PURPLE HAZE’L. Or as I also fondly call her – Hazel’s Naughty Little Sister…
So what do you do when all the pattern companies are releasing lovely summer dresses and winter is descending in the southern hemisphere? You just grunge them up, slap on some boots, a cap and coat – and rock on. Who says you can’t wear pretty sundresses in the middle of winter? Just wear them with attitude!
I decided to tackle Hazel once more and participate in the Colette Sewalong 2.0 organised by Lucky Lucille, Sarah and Erin. I was most jealous about the first Sewalong but the canoe-across-the-oceans speed delivery from Amazon meant I could not join in. So here I am! I’m a bit early for the Hazel sewalong but it’s better early than late! And Macaroon looks to be the next sewalong choice, based on the voting so far, which is not my cup of tea, so I want to start my next project while they tackle that one.
I almost did not make this dress but I am so glad I didn’t give up (even when that seemed to be the sensible option). It’s not perfect but it’s grungy fun. This is not cake clothing, it’s just very naughty self-saucing winter pudding.
I freaked out at first when I got home and realised it was a one-directional stripe pattern.
My step-by-step approach to dealing with this.
- I picked which set of stripes I wanted to feature in the centre of the dress. I picked the set of smaller stripes.
- I decided to run the stripes across the bodice front rather than down. I did this because I did not like how the stripes would not mirror each other out from the centre of the bodice. I also ran the narrower stripes at the edge of the side bodice pieces so they angled down towards my waist. I was trying to achieve an hourglass effect. Not sure if this worked…
- I decided to cut the front skirt piece in half and then cut all skirt pieces on the bias for a chevron effect. I thought Wow that will look great – I should have thought, crikey that will make life tough. It was all going swell until I cut the back pieces so they matched at the backs but not the sides. DOH! I had enough fabric to cut these pieces out again and then cut the straps from the oopsie back pieces.
- I thought the bodice and skirt looked messy together so I cut strips from the wide black stripe to create a visual break between the bodice and skirt. I just measured the bodice bottom and the two joined back panels and added seams allowances. I then joined the black strips and then joined them to the bodice, matching the side seams. I then attached the skirt to the black strip.
- The skirt is slightly narrower than the pattern. I had some oopsies getting the side stripes to match up and trimmed some off the edges. I think it works better as more gathering would ruin the chevron effect – after all that hard work I wasn’t going to let that happen!
- I ran the stripes up and over my shoulders to lengthen my frame.
- I moved the straps in at the back and the front. I also changed the angle they are inserted into the bodice – otherwise they sort of slide off my shoulders.
- I decided to run the stripes straight across my back. Yes, I could have chevron’ed them as well but you need to stop somewhere. I’m not a complete sucker for punishment.
- Sob. No pockets. Did not want to ruin the side seams – or make them even harder to match!
- A much shorter zip – for the same reasons as no pockets. I pull the dress over my head rather than step into it. On the upside my zipper insertion is perfect – first time ever – and right the first time I sewed it in. Hooray!!
Now just a friendly warning, several shots follow where I look rather sickeningly pleased with myself. Yes, it’s revolting but I just could not help myself.
Apart from the Simplicity 1880 sewalong I mentioned last post (and I’m thinking of throwing caution to the wind and making a red one with white piping, crazy girl), I also want to make Cambie in a very pretty rose print. It’s inspired by an Australian vineyard. Long story. I will tell you one day soon. That’s what I love about sewing, every project is a story in itself. No wonder we blog!
I am also dying to make Oolong. And I think the peacock fabric some of you admired in the last post would work beautifully. I’m not as curvy as the Colette model but I think it might work on me. I love flowy bias cut dresses. Sew Squirrel are trying to get it in. If you live in Australia this is THE SITE to get your Sewaholic and Colette Patterns. Postage is free at the moment and the patterns are a great price. I am devoted to them already. This is where I got my Cambie and Renfrew patterns from. Thank you Sew Squirrel!
Nice job on the dress and congratulations getting the stripes to match. WOW!!
Thank you – there were a few ‘moments’ but I got there in the end… which makes it all the most satisfying. Not the sunniest of sundresses but I like its quirkiness!
Thank you!! Is it bad to be so pleased with oneself?
AMAZING, amazing job! The stripes are matched perfectly. Well done 🙂
Wowee. Incredible job. You’re earned the right to be smug.
High five :-)’
Gorgeous! Major stripe workin’ envy over here!
Consider it revenge for your cute shoes and gorgeous German hounds!
This looks soooo good! You did an amazing job matching up your stripes, I’m thoroughly impressed with your skill and patience. I anticipate many compliments coming your way on this one 😀
Thanks so much CJ. I feel like I’m mastering Hazel. It’s funny you spend some much time on a pattern you think you would get sick of it, but I keep thinking of new things to do with this one!
Great post! And you’re getting really good at Hazel – I’m slowly being convinced I should make it too!
Thank you 🙂 I’m getting quite fond of Hazel, she was a real problem child for a while but we seem to be reaching some sort of truce and I have lots more ideas in my head for this pattern. The design lines make Hazel a whole bunch of fun to play with!
You deserve to be sickeningly pleased. Good for you! What a fantastic dress.
Thank you, sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy a success isn’t it?
This is amazing! I love this pattern and I love seeing what everyone is doing with it too. Good work with the stripes, my brain would have exploded trying to work that out…. I think the black stripe at the waist really works too, breaks it up just the right amount.
I agree, it is a great pattern once you get the fit right. The bodice design lines are fabulous and I have another little Hazel buzzing about in my head already! It will need to wait awhile, I can hear Cambie calling!
No amount of smug self-satisfaction could be too much. Awesome job!
Thank you. I can’t say I’m not proud because I had plenty of moments when I thought ‘this is too hard!!’ but I’m so happy I kept going and I learnt so much on the way. A journey worth making 🙂
It’s perfect! xo
Well if you say so 🙂 x
I love this! I am also sick with stripe envy… wonderful fabric and you did exactly the right thing with it. Now I might have to make my Hazel with a bias skirt for that awesome chevron effect – brilliant!
I’m flattered, thank you. I can feel a Hazel Chervon movement emerging 🙂
Smug is allowed, nothing wrong with feeling pleased with yourself especially on such a success! Love it!
There was a lot of laughing, especially when Miss 7 yelled out “Dad come and see! Mama is looking hot!”. LOL
Oh I love the Cambie dress! I still need to order the pattern but I have so many things planned this month I think I will order it next month! I like how you used the Hazel pattern and the fabric to create a nice texture to look at! Turned out great!
I know! The Cambie is gorgeous, every other fabric I see I think ‘Wow that would make a gorgeous Cambie’. It’s haunting me!!
Glad you like the stripes, I’ve been searching my local fabric stores for another black shirting stripe to no avail. Alas 😦
Yeah sometimes it is annoying when you really like something but then cannot find it again. But finger crossed your local shops restock some new stuff soon! 🙂 Yeah I like the cambie especially as it is made with the pear shaped girl in mind! 😉 But I cannot decide which fabric to buy for it yet. I want it to be my birthday dress end of next month, so need to get searching!
Are you into gingham? Lucky Lucille blogged about making it in gingham but using different sized checks. I’m so jealous I didn’t think of that!
ooo I love gingham! I will look that up! Great idea! Thanks for the hint!
*sigh* now I’m really jealous
Very cute! I like the way you’ve aligned the stripes on this one, makes it a lot more interesting 🙂
Thanks! It’s a fun pattern to play with stripes but I think I’m done now. Time to move on to a new pattern.
I woke up this morning to your comment and thought ‘wow what a night owl’ then thought ‘no Perth time! LOL.
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Wow, I thought I made some major adjustments to Hazel, but I think you beat me! Also, yours looks much better.
Yes I went a bit crazy (in fact that bias skirt panels really drove me crazy!!). Your Hazel is lovely! I really like your fabric choice.
Everyone was sewing such pretty Hazels I decided to buck the trend.
Purple Haze’l was the result! The fabric was difficult to work with because of the directional nature of the stripe and the bias cut skirt seemed like a good solution. 🙂 although not so much for my mental health…
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This is the best Hazel I’ve seen and my motivation for buying. Now all I have to do is figure out how to duplicate your results.