However when this fabric arrived in my hot little hands all the way from fabric.com following my Black Friday p, I knew that instead of a top as originally planned, the fabric was calling out to be a sundress and Hazel #2 was born.
This time around the fit is much better, perhaps due to this being a plain cotton as opposed to a seersucker which has more give.
I like that I have kind of ignored the V shaped seams and just treated them like darts, there is no clever pattern placement to make a feature of the shaping, as with a striped fabric.
This time I cut the back at a size six and the front a ten which has prevented the gaping under the arms I ended up with last time.
As before I changed the skirt to having inverted box pleats front and back as I really don't feel the skirt has enough fullness to gather it with a successful result. Last time I tried that it stuck out weirdly, and from a search on the interwebs, many have had the same problem. The box pleats give a cleaner line and are more flattering, plus much, much faster that gathering.
The back closure is a lapped zipper, these are my zippers of choice right now. BTW check out the happy accidental pattern match below the waist! Could not have been better if I planned it!!
I really pushed the boundaries of fabric frugality with this one. As I said at the start, I bought this fabric to make a top, this mean I had what I thought was 1.5m. I knew that my last Hazel I got out of 1.6m, so I thought if necessary I could make it a little shorter. However, I forgot that the fabric is from the US and therefore not metrically measured, which meant I had 1.5 yards (1.4m) - eek!
Challenge accepted, I decided to forge ahead and make it work. Consequently, my pockets, facings and understraps are a different fabric (a plain cotton batiste in cream), but who would know!!
On a side note, if you are wondering what is going on in the background, they are kite surfers. It was a perfect day for it as you can possibly tell by my windswept look!
If you are wondering about the polka dot dress I blogged about as being on my sewing table recently, well this is not going as well as hoped and the fit is in need of some work. I have put it aside for the moment and have been working on some more pressing projects that I will share soon.
What are you all working on at the moment? Is anyone taking part in Jungle January held by Pretty Grievances? I am still on the fence as I can't seem to find a fabric that would suit me. I love animal print on everyone else, but I just feel it's not me. Perhaps I'll make some Pjs as I really want to join in the fun.