I love the fabric I used. It's Splashy Rose in Garden from Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet 2 Collection. I adore the big and bold roses and the soft aqua background. I should have thought out my pattern placement on the bodice a little more thoroughly, though. *ahem*
Overall, I think Hazel is a lovely pattern that yields a very pretty garment and I like how you have so many opportunities for personalization. I have to be honest in saying that if this dress were not part of the sew-along, I would not have finished it. There is a reason that Mrs. Singer is modelling it and not me. The terrible truth is: I don't like this dress on me.
The bodice is lovely, but despite several tweaks, it just does not flatter me. The pockets are an issue, too, as they draw attention to my lower half; not ideal for a pear-shaped figure. With dresses, as with skirts, I either need them to be very full and fluffy or very fitted and the Hazel skirt, out of the envelope, is not quite right for my figure.
I do like the lime rick rack finish on the hem and plan on using this on more projects and full credit goes to Scruffy Badger and her Elephant Dress for this finish.
So sorry it's not a more positive review. The pattern and instructions are lovely, as we can expect from Colette Patterns, but Hazel and I are simply not meant to be. One of the lessons in sewing is that you sometimes don't know if a pattern will be flattering until you make it, despite your croquis.
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August 1st marks the start of our second project for Sew Colette 2.0: The Macaron Dress! This pattern is so versatile - it can easily be adapted for warm or coll weather wear. I hope you'll join us!