This is a seriously fun pattern with a whole lot of possibilities. The inspiration partly came from one of my favorite vintage pieces, a floral summer dress from the late 50s. I loved the flattering shape of the V seams in the bodice, but thought, What if the side panels were cut on the bias? Not only does this make the bodice quite comfortable, it also allows you to play with fabric directionality and get some really fun and beautiful effects.
This version was made in a Nani Iro border print. This fabric is a double gauze and works so beautifully. It’s just incredibly soft and lovely. But you’ll also notice the way the border print hugs the seamlines and neckline. Imagine the different looks you could get with different types of border prints. Maybe scallops along the neckline and hem? Or a more graduated floral pattern?
The skirt is a simple gathered dirndl style, in keeping with the border print.
Hazel can also be made in a striped fabric. Which is exciting to me, because half my closet is stripes and I basically can never get sick of them. The stripes form a V at the waist, making this one of the most flattering ways to wear stripes that you’ll encounter too. This red and white stripe fabric was a simple cotton shirting.
I also have a floral stripe fabric I’m dying to make this pattern with. And do you remember the gorgeous embroidered edge fabric I bought in Buenos Aires? I’ve been saving it for this pattern too. So I’ll be showing you how to make this dress with all those lovely scallop-edged eyelets out there while I’m at it.
And of course, you can also make this dress is a solid, which really shows off the seamlines more than a print will. For this one, we used a lightweight plain weave cotton.
To some up: Hazel is a very, very good excuse to go fabric shopping or get creative with your stash. Oh, and it’s rated good for beginners.