Earlier this week I saw a phenomenal review by Justine at Sew Country Chick for the Hazel dress by Colette Patterns, and it immediately put a fire under my butt. I have had my eye on Colette Patterns for a while now, and something about seeing Justine’s version just gave me the kick I needed to try one out.
Justine’s review was so all encompassing, that I reached out to her to get some of her personal thoughts on Colette and how they fit her body – as well as other recommendations for different adult pattern companies. Seeing as how I don’t sew much for myself, any pointers I get are always greatly appreciated!
Well, after Justine’s glowing review and her response to my e-mail about Colette, and then looking in my closet and seeing my desperate need for sundresses, I immediately got to work.
After finding Amy Butler’s Gypsy Cobalt fabric from her Lark Collection sitting in my fabric pile, just waiting for the perfect sewing project to come along, I had what I needed to get going.
You cant tell in these pictures, but my accent fabric is actually a very small navy and white polka dot (I was out of Kona blue fabric), but I am now thankful for this because I think it gave the dress an extra bit of character that I might not have given it myself.
I will definitely be making this dress again. I did need to make a few alterations to the pattern pieces to get it to fit me flawlessly. But that is common across the board with women’s patterns – as women are generally not one size fits all. But the changes were so super simple, that all I really had to do was nip /tuck some of the back seams. It also calls for a 22″ zipper, not quite sure why. I used a 12-14″ and it was certainly more than long enough.
Thanks again Justine for sharing your version, as it totally inspired me to make this – and I will definitely buy from Colette again. They were so easy to work with, it was just fantastic.
I think my next attempt at this dress will be for a fuller, more twirly skirt. We shall see.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…