I have a rule about making clothes for myself: Don’t cut and sew on the same day.
You see, I find cutting out the pattern and fabric sort of boring and tiresome, so by the time I’m done I rarely feel like sewing for hours. When I cut, I like to listen to a podcast and zone out. Sometimes I’m in the mood for mindless work like cutting, and sometimes I’m in the mood for engaging work like sewing, but rarely at the same time.
And there’s another bonus to this rule: I get to feel like I sewed this Hazel dress in just about 2 hours! Of course, I cut it all out the day before, but let’s not quibble.
I usually hem and haw about online fabric purchases. Or any purchase for that matter, since I’m the world’s worst shopper. But when I saw this bright blue vintage floral stripe fabric on Etsy, I clicked the buy button without a thought. It was exactly what I wanted. It’s a light cotton sateen, and the blue floral pattern is super bright.
I am so delighted with the result.
Just like with the eyelet dress, I made sure to consider the placement of the design while I did all my cutting. It’s not possible to match every seam because of the grainlines, but I did what I could. It’s so much fun to figure out how it should all come together.
This is a showstopper of a dress, don’t you think? All I need now is an invitation to a garden party.