Hot! The “Blue and White and Hazel” dress

The Facts

Fabric: Embroidered blue and white cotton £4/m; white cotton lawn (for lining bodice) £5/m; blue fabric bought so long ago I can’t remember what it cost.

Pattern: Victory Patterns Hazel Dress

Year: Contemporary

Notions: none

Time to complete: About 3 hours

First worn: 1st July 2012

Wear again? Yes, probably continuously for the next 6 months.

Total Cost: About £10


I can’t remember what I was actually searching for when I came across this ‘Topshop Vintage’ blue-embroidered white cotton on eBay… somtimes I simply type in “fabric” and browse whatever comes up – mainly a lot of quilting FQs and cheap boring polycottons, but with some occasional finds mingled in.  At £4 a metre, I was fully prepared to take a chance on this one – and happily, it feels as nice as it looks, thin voile-like cotton with raised sheeny embroidery:

I wonder what Topshop made out of it?  It made a lovely match with this blue stuff – an unidentified thick but slinky viscose-like peachskin-type fabric from a bargain bin.  Pretty difficult to press, but hopefully one to go through the wash cycle with minimum fuss.

I bought this pattern about 6 months ago, and having finally got round to using it, I’m delighted by how straightforward it is – two bodice pieces, one skirt piece cut twice, and two tie pieces cut four times.  Only two darts in the front bodice (placating my strong dart aversion) and no notions.  I lined it (for modesty) instead of using the facing pieces, and bias-bound the armholes, but still, it was lovely  and straightforward… and surpisingly well-fitting.  And those tie pieces are satisfyingly fat and chunky.


I wore the dress with nautical lace-ups for a casual look today, but I would definitely dress it up with heels for a more glamorous event, or wear it with a cardigan for work.  I added the belt out of paranoia about looking sack-like and/or three months pregnant (empire line is NOT my friend), but I think I’d cope without it next time.

Hmm, what’s next week’s challenge?  I might just sew these Hazels up for the rest of the year…



Amy has been sewing since she was a teenager, but 'got serious' about making her own clothes at the end of 2010. She is starting to learn about balancing sewing and blogging with the rest of her life.


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  1. Hi Amy, I love, love love, the fabric choice for the top of the dress, it’s beautiful. It’s an overall gorgeous dress and I had never heard of this pattern company bother. Really beautiful, happy sewing.

  2. Until I took a closer look at the pattern I thought you were wearing separates. I think it looks fabulous with the belt, for that reason. I like the bodice fabric, what a great find! Looks like a very versatile pattern. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you do with it.

  3. That’s lovely. I like the red belt with it as well.

  4. Ooooh…pretty fabric! Perfect choice for that dress! I love the pop of red the belt brings to the outfit.

  5. This is cute! Those ties are perfect – looks great!

  6. Love how your Hazel turned out – it’s a great pattern.

  7. So pretty.. Love it.

  8. I’d love to know what Top Shop made with this fabric too – it’s quite intriguing isn’t it. I too looked at the feature photo and thought these were separates so am now even more interested in the Hazel pattern. I like the phrase “satisfyingly fat and chunky” for the tie pieces, I know what you mean.

  9. I love these fabrics paired together, and like you, I tend to avoid empire waists, but I think you are rocking it here! Love the pop of red in the belt, and I’m excited to see if you make other versions of this!

  10. Thanks everyone! I really just wore the belt for the red/white/blue challenge, but now I think I’ll keep on pairing it with this dress :)