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Hawaiian sunrise Hazel

We were pretty lax in our vacation planning–we were more or less spontaneous in the things we did once we were on Oahu.  However, I did look up fabric stores on the island before we went and was pleased that a trip to buy some fabric could be coordinated with another activity on the Honolulu/Waikiki side of the island.  With husband and kids in tow, I couldn’t spend heaps of time in the store, so I grabbed a bunch of fabric and headed to the cutting table.  This gradient-dyed fabric was right there near the check-out line and when the person in front of me bought a length of it, I couldn’t resist either and bought 3 yards.

I had researched Colette’s Hazel dress for a different and unrealized project, but it was the clear choice for this lovely fabric.  The pattern has cutting instructions for border prints, so it worked out perfectly.  I went with a size 0, grading to 4 at the waist.  It would be more comfy in a slightly larger size, so next time I’ll go with a 2.

The fabric is truly a gorgeous color, but is an unfortunate cotton/ polyester blend.  At $3.99/yard, I didn’t really care!  You can get it right here (5 yard minimum, unfortunately), with a few other colorways (blue and orange).  The fabric is fairly thin, so a strapless bra is necessary (wahh!).

I love how fitted the bodice is, but the dirndl skirt is not my favorite.  It’s not the pattern’s fault–I just don’t love gathered waistlines on me (which is funny, since one of my near-future projects is a gathered-waist skirt….)

By the time I got to the hem, I didn’t want to lose any of the purple at the bottom–it definitely needs it for visual balance.  So, I didn’t hem it!  Since the bottom hem was cut along the selvage edge, I kept the slightly frayed-looking edge intact.  It’s not ideal, but I think it looks fine.

I have to say, I’m not feeling very excited or inspired by my other Hawaiian fabrics, so they’ll have to wait for a while.  I sent two lengths of rayon to my mom–hopefully she makes something fabulous out of them!

Can’t wait to wear this to the next summer picnic!

12 thoughts on “Hawaiian sunrise Hazel”

  1. This is beautiful. I have a Vogue dress pattern similar to the Hazel, which I plan to make in a silk that is dyed similar to your fabric, and seeing yours made up makes me think mine will turn out nicely, too.

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  2. I'm not sure I'll make the pattern again, but I definitely like the uniqueness of the bodice…I've considered making the skirt a-line, but I don't think it would work very well, especially with dart placements and all that.

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  3. I'm not getting paid to advertise this, but the print Lily pattern is on sale at the Colette website (only $9!). If you don't own it already, get on it! (And thank you for your kind words about my Hazel!)

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