Monday, November 25, 2013
I was having a hard time getting proper pictures of this dress because the print is so light, plus before I could take pictures I spilt wine on it and wore it with a red vintage sweater that rubbed red dye on it. Blerg! The Hazel dress pattern is my favourite dress pattern offered by Colette patterns. Even thought my body is pretty far from the type this line of patterns is designed for I think the bodice on this pattern is just too flattering to resist.
The fabric is a reproduction from the 1800 hundreds (which speaks of my totally contemporary fashion tastes) which I bought in downtown Toronto for about four dollars a yard. It is a quilting cotton, so a bit stiff, and the winkles in the fabric have proven hard to get out. I really love the way stripes emphasize the lines of this bodice design though.
With Colette patterns I have to make a small bust adjustment, which is what is shown above. I used the method outlined by Anna here. I also lengthened the bodice by an inch, and shortened the straps.
I'm thinking a version in a wool crepe with a half circle skirt might be a good wintertime project!