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Aloha!  I’m back from my Maui vacation, and it was wonderful.  Lots of sun, beaches, hiking, and relaxing.  Oh, and I even got some fabric shopping in!!

On our first day, we had a few hours to kill before we could check into our vacation rental.  Luckily, I found the perfect place to go – FabricMart!  I spied this shop as we were driving in from the airport.
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Mr. B indulged me and we stopped in and perused the isles of hawaiian print fabrics for over an hour. And let me tell you, this shop is literally stuffed with hawaiian prints.  They have every color and combo you can imagine.
Fabric Mart!
Fabric Mart

I left with just two cuts.  (Pretty good self control, right?)  I got this hawaiian print, that I’m planning to use for the Apron Along.
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And this Japanese print.
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They had a good selection of japanese cottons, in addition to all the hawaiian prints.  I especially liked this one because of the surfing ninjas!  I have no idea what I’ll do with this, but it was too unique to pass up.
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After shopping, we fell into full vacation mode.  Which for us, typically means tiring ourselves out!  Here’s some shots from the week:

Waihe'e Ridge Hike

Ridge Hike – We hiked into the clouds!

Waihe'e Ridge Hike

Ridge Hike

Sunset - Keawakapu Beach

Sunset at the beach

Kapalua Bay Beach - Snorkeling

Great snorkeling spot

Upcountry

Maui upcountry, on the way up the volcano

Cow in the Clouds

A Cow in the Clouds

Crater

View inside the crater

Sunset at the Volcano

Sunset from the volcano – afterwards we stargazed, and it was the most amazing experience.  I’ve never seen so many stars!

Malasadas

Mmm…Malasadas! My favorite Maui treat.

Hazel in Hawaii

Lounging in my Hazel dress at our pool. (The vacation rental had it’s own saline pool!)

And then when we were too tired to do much else, I got some knitting time in.
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Now that I’m back, I’ve got tons of projects planned.  The hardest part, is figuring out where to start.  Maybe tracing my Peony pattern for Sew Colette??

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Hazel Round Two

I was pretty happy with my first Hazel, so I decided to give the pattern another go. Here’s Hazel Number 2.

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I almost left the pockets off this time, but I’m so glad I didn’t!
Hazel No 2

Unfortunately my fabric didn’t photograph very well.  It’s a lightweight cotton that’s embroidered with a leaf pattern.  Please forgive those wrinkles — I wore this to work today and it got pretty crumpled.  When I got home it was just too hot to iron it again – we don’t have air conditioning.  😦

This time around I made the waist a little smaller, since my first dress was a little big around the middle.  I think it fits better.  I also decided to add a lining because the fabric is pretty thin.
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And of course, I had to add another embroidered label.
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I like this pattern, but I think two Hazels are enough for now . . . maybe!  🙂

Sewing v. Exercise

Do you find it tough to balance sewing time with exercise time?
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I feel like I often have to choose one or the other.  Last week I started a swim techniques class that meets a couple times a week.  It’s great, but it cuts into my week-night sewing time.  And over the weekend I spent a good chunk of time in the pool.  So my current projects didn’t get as much attention as I’d hoped for.  But I’m loving the swimming, so it’s not like I’m really complaining.  🙂  And I did make some decent progress on a few things.

I worked up a muslin for this dress.
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I like the little neck pleats.
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I think I’ll use this fabric, but am not 100% sure yet.

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So, I put the dress aside, to let the fabric decision stew in my brain for a while.  Then I cut out another Hazel.  I really like being able to turn to a pattern I’ve done before, it makes the project feel a lot faster since I can skip the muslin.  This time I’m going to use a yellow embroidered cotton.  (The sunlight was streaming in my window when I snapped this pic, so the fabric looks brighter yellow that it is in real life.  It’s actually a pretty soft pastel.)
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I also worked on my Audrey.  I finally got to the lace bib, and I started feelin the love for this project again.  Maybe it’s the lace.  I have a thing for knitting lace.
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Sew Colette 2.0 – Hazel Dress

Meet Hazel.
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I finally finished this dress last night.  I’m a little behind the Sew Colette schedule, but better late, than never, right?!

The fabric is a light/medium weight cotton twill that I found on the discount table.  I wasn’t sure about it at first, but as I’ve worked on this dress, it’s really grown on me.

Hazel Back

As for the pattern, I made a few alterations to the bodice, and changed the skirt a little.  Here’s the run-down.

My muslin was a little loose, so I went down a size.  Then I moved the darts down.  (On me, Colette darts always ride too high on my bust.)  And I shaved a little bit off of the curved edge of the B pieces, to make the bust smaller.  I also added about 5/8 inch to the top of piece A, to give me a little more coverage.  When I made my muslin, I thought I’d lower the waistline, but decided against it in the end.

I’m happy with the fit across my bust, but the waist is too big.  The dress kind of sticks out away from my body right under the waist seam.  On my next version, I will have to take it in there.

For the skirt, I wasn’t digging the straight drindle style on me.  So I decided to add a little more flare at the bottom.  I did this by slashing and spreading the pattern pieces.

All I did was slash from the bottom of the skirt to the seam line – but not through it.

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Stop right where the scissors are pointing.

And I made a tiny cut down from the top edge to the seam line – to make a hinge.
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Then I spread the pieces and taped some paper in the gaps.  Here’s a comparison of the before and after pieces:

Hazel Skirt Before

Before

Hazel Skirt After

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When I first sewed this together, I felt like the gathered skirt looked kinda dumpy on me.  So I pulled out the gathering and did pleats instead.

I also added piping to the top of the bodice and the waist.  This was my first time putting in piping, and it was really easy.  I was able to just use my zipper foot.
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The piping at the waist lines up – yay!

Finally, I added another tagless garment label – my new favorite little detail!
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I didn’t line this one.  Here’s how the insides look:
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Despite my issue with the way the waist fits, I like this dress.  It’s really comfortable.  And I adore the pockets!!  I will definitely be making another Hazel!

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On the Cutting Board – Hazel

I finally cut out my fashion fabric for Hazel last night.  Can’t wait to sew this up!  I made a slight adjustment to the shape of the skirt (more details later).  Fingers crossed that it works, cause I didn’t muslin it.  I’m also planning to try piping for the first time. I hope I can do it without a piping foot.  We’ll see how it goes.

Hazel Cut Out

Anyone else itching to get started on their weekend sewing projects?