The “Blue and White and Hazel” dress
Pattern: Victory Patterns Hazel Dress
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…