Hazel Parade

Good Morning!

Today Sarah, Erin, and I are going to be sharing some of your dresses that were finished for the Sew Colette Hazel Sew Along! First of all, let me say how amazing it is to be a part of such a positive group of crafty ladies. I love sewing along with each and every one of you, and I hope I get to know you all better as time goes on. I think I officially have more online friends than “real life” friends now haha! And you know what? I’m totally okay with that! Anyways…

Trying to pick just four Hazel dresses to feature was near impossible for me! I’m so impressed by everyone’s efforts and interpretations of the dress. I struggled quite a bit with the fit on my final Hazel, so kuddos to you ladies who got it spot on! Here are a few Hazel Dresses that really caught my eye.

Justine from Sew Country Chick really impressed me with her choice of fabric! Well, it’s a table cloth actually! Impressive, right!? It’s a gorgeous table cloth that makes an even more gorgeous dress. I love the lavender bias tape accent at the top, too. Very country chic!

Anna’s Hazel dress is really spot on with the fit. As I mentioned, that’s something I struggled with on both my muslin and final dress. The Hazel dress really leaves you a lot of room to play around with directional stripes and plaids, but I actually really like how the fabric on Anna’s dress doesn’t accentuate the bodice structure or pieces. I think the finished product looks very polished and subtle. It’s a great fabric and a great shape! Well done, Anna! You can read more about Anna’s dress on her blog.

I like the little added details on Jamie’s Hazel dress a lot. She did a great job of really making her Hazel dress her own with these simple trims. The over all look is really classic and perfect for summer! Plus you can’t really go wrong with red, white, and blue! Great job Jamie! Check out Jamies’s blog for more on her Hazel.

Last but not least, I want to give Jenny a little dress love for her amazing effort. When I first saw her dress, I was really blown away with the stripes! I was even more blown away when I realized she PAINTED THEM ON HERSELF!! I know! Amazing! Unfortunately, her choice of fabric was not sturdy enough for the structure of the dress and has since started to pull apart at the seams. You can read more about that sad story here. Jenny still gets an A+ for innovation!

Well those are my picks for Hazel, be sure to continue on with the parade at Sarah and Erin’s blogs!

Up next is Macaron!! We’ll be kicking off the start of that sew along on August 1st. Are you in?! Be sure to join our flickr group and get in on the fun! If you haven’t sewn with us yet, Sew Colette is really no pressure and lightly structured. We give a general guideline for you to follow in order to help keep you motivated and on task, but it’s really a work at your own pace sort of thing. We share photos, tips, inspiration, and help as you work through each project. We’d really love it if you joined us :)

Stay tuned, and have a great week!!

Completed: Hazel

My Hazel dress is done! What’s that you say? You thought I was making a red gingham Hazel?? Yeah, I thought I was too. Turns out the fabric I bought was total crap and not worth using, or taking the time to underline it.

How did I not notice it was this sheer when it was on the bolt?! Curse you Joann Fabrics! Anyways. I went with plan B which was a color block ombre sort of effect in various aqua colors. I got wise and bought some quality Kona solids from my place of employment. Not so sheer anymore!

The bodice detail didn’t turn out well in the photo, but I did some top stitching on the seams to make it look a little more structured.

I left the straps a little longer this time which helped with where the waist line falls. It was much higher on my muslin. I also used pleats instead of gathers to attach the skirt, and turned the facing to the outside of the bodice. Oh, and I used a standard zipper instead of an invisible one.

On a side note, I usually think my boring brown eyes are lame and boring. …but that was before I realized they changed color in bright sun light! I’ll take my brown/sometimes honey colored eyes. Pretty neat-o. I’m also digging long hair over short hair. But I’ll probably change my mind about that next week. …good thing I can do that with zero regret!

Other Outfit Details
shoes: Urban Outfitters
glasses: Vintage Optical Shop
hair: Slique

Sew Colette 2.0

Sarah, and Erin have been an absolute joy to follow along with in the Colette Handbook Sew-along, so it’s with great pleasure that I get to embark on a new sewing adventure along side of them!

Introducing: Sew Colette 2.0!

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We’ll be starting with the Hazel dress, and voting on all following projects.

The Hazel Schedule:
Monday, June 4th: The Muslin
Monday, June 11th: Fit Techniques
Monday, June 18th: Fabulous Fabrics
Monday, June 25th: Sewing Hazel
Monday, July 9th: Hazel Parade

Be sure to check out Sarah, and Erin’s blogs for more details.

Who’s excited?! ME!

Completed: Taffy

The latest Sew Colette garment is the Taffy Blouse, and here’s mine! I had every intention of using actual blouse fabric, but then decided to shop my own stash instead. I originally bought this fabric to make circle scarves, but didn’t realize until after I got home that it’s licensed for personal use only. Oops! So here I am wearing more quilting cotton as per usual. One of these days I’ll branch out, I promise! (maybe.) Cotton IS the fabric of my life.

I made a ton of polka dot bias tape to go around the collar and sleeves, but when I got it on the collar it looked terrible. The dots were spread too far apart so you couldn’t even see them on some parts. It looked crooked and weird. So I decided to turn the bias tape on the collar under one more time so it’s more of a bias facing instead of binding. As for the sleeves, I used a fancy stitch on my fancy pants sewing machine and then cut out around all the little scallops. Which took me no less than forever to accomplish. But I think it was worth it, no?

The rest of these pictures are totally just for my own amusement ;) Thank you Darling for amusing me as per usual. You’re getting much better at taking photos <3

Lucille loves the giant Flamenco dancer sleeves! She’s so freaking cute.

No I did not make my skirt, though one of my goals is to make a high waisted pencil skirt very similar to it. Add that to my summer sewing list! I did make my little matching hair bow though. If you couldn’t tell ;)

I hope you’re having an amazing weekend! I should have my laptop’s life cord back Tuesday so I won’t have to randomly commandeer other computers, and I can get back to more frequent blog posts.




Completed: Truffle Dress

Oh hi there. I finished the latest dress for the Colette Handbook Sew-along: The Truffle!

Originally I had big plans to modify the crap out of this dress. In fact, I was installing the zipper on my modded version when I decided to scrap the whole thing. It was cute, but it was not a Truffle. I already feel pretty guilty for being a featured seamstress for the Pastille, since that dress wasn’t truly a Pastille at all. I came to the conclusion that I’m not really learning anything if I don’t actually follow the book. Duh, I know. I learn the hard way!

So, I tried REALLY hard to read every single step word for word instead of skimming and going with what made sense to me. I just can’t follow directions on certain things! But, my way is clearly not always the right way. (…that was hard for me to admit!) So, in the spirit of the Sew-along, I give you a tried and true Truffle with no mods. …okay, okay, a Truffle with as little mods as I could possibly go without!

I may or may not have gone overkill with the buttons… Psh. Like that’s even possible!

I will post more in depth pictures soon including finished inside seams, the minor mods I added, as well as my trials and tribulations.

Thanks for taking a look!


p.s. Does anyone else suffer from directional A.D.D? Anyone who’s tried to give me verbal traffic directions knows not to ever again. My brain just shuts down.


Colette Handbook Sew-along!

I bought the Colette Sewing Handbook last month and I’ve been really excited to get started on some of the projects. Now I’m even MORE excited because Colette announced a Sew-along hosted by Sarah and Erin! We’ll be working through the entire book over the course of five months and posting pictures to the flickr group along the way.

I’m so excited!! Did I mention that yet? I’ve never done a sew-along before, but it seems like such a great way to stay motivated and really see a project to the very end. Which is something I struggle to do sometimes when it comes to sewing for myself. Plus, it’s kind of mind blowing to think that by the end of MAY I’ll have 5 new garments to wear! I’m really hoping to make some new blog friends during the process as well, which will make two of my new year’s goals (make new blog friends, and sew more of my own clothes) accomplished. Yay!

It’s not too late to get started if you want to join up!! But hurry, the first task for this month is due on the 12th.

I’ll be sure to post pics here, and also on my flickr as I work through the book.

Can’t wait!