A Hazedale is what happens when you cross a Colette Hazel with a Sewaholic Lonsdale and I couldn't be happier with the result!
I'm so happy it warrants a silly picture, although I hasten to add that this is also proof that I can move around very comfortably in this little dress ;o)
Of course I mainly have you guys to thank for this happy ending as you really came through for me with quality suggestions after my disastrous first go at Hazel. So I chose to replace the original gathered skirt with the Lonsdale skirt as the no-fuss, A-line shape and nifty waistband is pretty flattering on me. Initially I only went for the blue linen as I didn't have enough of my stripy cotton left, but I think it's turned out even better because of the darker, solid colour!
I couldn't salvage much of my old Hazel as I'd overlocked it to an inch of it's life, so I just started again. This time I lined the bodice for more stability and shortened it by a couple of inches to accommodate the waistband. I kinda fudged the sizing a bit, cutting out some bodice pieces in a size 2, others in a 4 and then adjusting the seam allowances as I went along. Thankfully and finally it all worked out pretty well!
I love the contrast pockets and the angle of the stripes too
I'm also really pleased with the way my hand-picked zip turned out, the matching up of my waistband at the back and how neat the inside of this dress is too!
Close up of the stripes on the bodice - this cotton is surprisingly hard to photograph!
My successful Hazedale has given me the exact confidence boost I needed to keep me going, so thank you all so very much for your help! I know future makes will still have their challenges, but now I believe that with a little extra effort, I can overcome or work around them.
P.S. Ironically I think that a regular Hazel could have actually worked for me if I'd shortened the bodice and graded the skirt up. I'm determined to make myself the breezy little Hazel that I crave, probably next summer though as the weather in the UK is beginning to turn...