Hot! The ‘Summer Paisley’ Dress

I think I’ve made a new record in my sewing times, in being able to whip this dress up in just under 3 hours.  Having a serger has made all the difference, but it also helps that I had just recently made this dress, so the pieces were all cut and ready to go.

This dress is on the brighter side of my Spring/Summer sewing palette, but fit perfectly with the colors that I was seeing in summer trends. In particular, Pantone’s spring and summer colors.  And I love the modern paisley print.

The Facts

Fabric: 2.5 yards floral printed cotton, $20, on sale
Pattern: Colette Hazel, $0, second time making
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Invisible zipper, $3
Time to complete: 3 hours!
First worn: This past week, in Las Vegas.
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: $23

I considered extending the bodice for this dress, as that seems to be my new trend, but I remember reading in the Sew Colette 2 sewalong that Sarai specifically made this dress to have a higher waist.  One change that I did make since first making this dress, was to extend the width of the arm straps by 2” each.  While I really like the arm straps as they are, I have to wear my other version with a strapless bra because the straps and where they connected to the front of the dress made a section of my regular bras constantly visible.  This change definitely solved the problem, though in the future I might just give the arm straps a little more shape, similar to the Cambie dress.

I love wearing this dress.  It’s so comfortable and instantly makes me think of summer.  The colors are so bright and the design is perfect for hot weather.



Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).


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  1. Wow that reminds me so much of a dress I made as a teenager! I loved mine, and I love yours. It’s very summer-y.

  2. It looks lovely. I especially love the wider straps and will take your Cambie advice when I make my next Hazel. I didn’t know it was supposed to have a higher waist but the waist and my much larger bra size (!) end up making it look like an empire on me, which is particularly unflattering. So: longer bodice, Cambie straps. Thank you!!!!

  3. So cute.. Love the fabric.

  4. Thanks for being our guinea pig with this and the cambie dress, and passing on all your advice….you had some fab and cool dresses for Vegas, I hope you walked about most of the time with a satisfied grin on your face :)

  5. This is very pretty. When I’m ready to buy patterns again I’ll have to give this one a try.

  6. Hey Christine, good to se you back posting. Love the modern paisley fabric, definitely a great on trend look on you.

  7. Ooo that print is gorgeous! What a lovely summer dress for your vacation :D

  8. Great dress! You look so summery and pretty. I love that paisley fabric and the colors. Spot on for ‘on trend’!

  9. I think the dress is stunning, now I’m going to have to check out that pattern! Thanks for the strap advice, always good for those of us who *must* wear a bra : )

  10. Oh I love a paisley print. On trend for sure. I love everything you make Christine, you really know your body shape and you sew in a way to flatter it every time. Well done.