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Choosing the right fabric: Hazel


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Hazel is such a light and airy dress. Perfect for spring and summer! I love the gathered skirt and especially pockets. Every girl should have pockets in her dress. Hazel works for so many different occasions from a summer stroll to the farmer’s market to a fancy dinner date with your loved one.

fabric drape

This dress works with fabrics that have either a soft or crisp drape. The look will be completely different between the two. A fabric with a stiff drape will make the skirt float away from your body. For a relaxed look, a fabric with a soft drape will gently fold into itself and lightly against you.

Fabrics: Bright Georgette, Blue Floral, Ivory Floral, Ivory Eyelet, Nani Iro Floral, Yellow Swiss Dot

types of fabric

Light and medium weight fabrics will work best with this pattern. Look for anything from cotton gauze, lightweight linen, silk crepe de chine to silk or cotton twill and pique. For the photo shoot we used floral cotton double gauze, striped cotton shirting and teal cotton voile. Very lightweight fabrics such as the voile will require lining as they are quite sheer. Play around with border print fabrics or eyelet edging. The V-shape in the bodice is the perfect place to showcase a beautiful lace or eyelet.


  • contrasting fabric for the V-shape in the bodice
  • pretty lace fabric for the V-shape
  • fabric with stripes that vary in size
  • with a striped dress, make a matching belt with stripes on the bias

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

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Just the article I needed!!!! Thanks a lot ;)
Just need to find the fabric now. Love bright georgette and blue floral!


I have a Thai silk stashed in a pale aqua blue with random flowers. I would say it has a stiff drape with some slubbing. I am guessing the skirt would be quite 50s/new look style? Maybe a voile lining would help with durability?



I was just sitting down, wondering what to do with some lovely cotton fabric I’ve had stashed away for nearly a year (yes I am very ashamed! LOL), and looking for some ideas I came across this. Thanks for the inspiration.


I am in the middle of making 3 Hazel dresses. :) I posted on my blog this great vintage fabric with a bandana sized pattern repeat on it that I think will look great pieced together. I also have a very lightweight patterned cotton voile that I am going to line with some basic cotton muslin. Finally, when I was getting zippers, I saw a beautiful solid lavender fabric with a bit of body. Right now I am sizing the pattern smaller because (Yay!) I am not as big as I thought I was. Thank goodness for using tracing paper to avoid cutting out my patterns, and possibly cutting the wrong size!


I am so excited about this dress! My big hope is that you’ll do a tutorial on how the heck to do a full bust adjustment on this baby. In the meantime, I’ll spend this weekend figuring it out because I need this dress in my wardrobe, pronto!

Nothy Lane

I hope you do a tutorial for a FBA too. I love the fabrics you’ve posted. I love all your patterns and congratulations on your new ones. I can’t wait to have some free time to make the Hazel – i have some silk jacquard for it.


I can’t wait to sew this. I run out to my mail box every day to see if the mailman has delivered an envelope of joy! I have some fabric waiting for the muslin and a really cool idea for my final version. This is an inspired design, congrats.
I could have got the download version but I also wanted Ginger, and your packaging is just so perfect I love to own them in hard copy!


I plan to make this some black broderie anglaise that has borders running down the selvedge – it will have to be lined, with what I have no idea as yet. Wioll have to be cotton but I don’t know if I will find fine black cotton lining. Anyway, that can wait.
I have a question – since I plan to use the edge along the top of the front bodice piece, I guess I can’t give it a facing. Since I haven’t received the pattern yet I don’t know if it has a facing but I suppse there is something. Will it work without a facing? Has anyone kmade a dress with the edge of the fabric as the edge of the bodice? I think Sarai had a white one some time ago…

Aimée G.

I’m on my second version of this dress, and I could see myself making so many more! I love it!!


Would a silk linen twill mix have the right drape for this dress?

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