Monday, July 9, 2012

Sew Colette 2.0.: Thai Hazel



Soo... here's my first entry for the Sew Colette 2.0. Sewalong!
My Hazel dress was made in a very special fabric. It was given to me by my boyfriend's father, who used to work for an oil company and travelled the world during the 70's and the 80's. He recently opened some storage boxes full of treasures from his travels and he was kind enough to give me some beautiful pieces of fabric he bought in Thailand over 30 years ago as a present. (Yes, pieceS plural, I have more of these gorgeous prints!)
EDIT: The fabric is actually from either Vietnam or Indonesia... Oops! (FAIL)
I was quite intimidated by this fabric, as I always am when fabrics are expensive or have sentimental value attached to them. What if I was going to mess up something that came from the other side of the world and was older than me???


Anyway, this fabric was too beautiful to stay hidden in my stash. The Hazel dress was the first pattern I associated with this fabric, I have no idea why, but once an idea gets stuck in my mind, it rarely goes away.

I'm very satisfied with the result, it's an easy, colourful dress, perfect for summer.
The "V" detail at the bust is not too noticeable, but I'm fine with that, the print is too busy to notice any detail anyway. Since the fabric had a beautiful border print, I used it for the hem.
The only modification I did was my usual lapped zipper (at this point I could avoid writing it, since I ALWAYS do it).

51 comments:

  1. IngeMaakt.wordpress.comJuly 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Wow, it's wonderfull! I can see why you chose the hazel pattern, looks like the pattern and the fabric were made for each other :)

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  2. stunning fabric, great that you chose a simple design and let the fabric shine. x

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  3. Very beautiful dress. Love how your special fabric turned out.

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  4. Wow! That fabric is stunning and you look lovely in the dress! Gorgeous job!

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  5. Ooh, that's really lovely :)

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  6. Christine HaynesJuly 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    gorgeous! I'm really enjoying everyone's Hazel dresses and think it's going to make its way into my closet too. super cute!

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  7. Wow. This is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job and that fabric is perfect for Hazel.


    I have the same worry about sentimental fabrics...I haven't had a bad experience yet but it doesn't matter, it's always scary!

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  8. such a gorgeous dress and the perfect choice for that fabric! (and on a different note: i get serious hair envy every time you post a pic!)

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  9. I love it! It looks so nice on you :) And the fabric is perfect for the dress, it looks absolutely amazing!


    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous and I bet you feel so special in it because of the age of the fabric. sassytsews.blogspot.com

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  11. AAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!! This is GORGEOUS! Like, ridiculously so! What a special fabric-- I'm so glad you got to pair it with this pattern for such a lovely dress! Great job!

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  12. This fabric is GORGEOUS! The dress is so beautiful on you! Great work!

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  13. So lovely! That fabric is wonderful.

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  14. Two great Colette dresses in a row. I really wish I had a family member with stashed away fabric.

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  15. What a gorgeous dress, that fabric is to die for...so unique!!! Also, how stunning is your hair, I'm seriously jealous of it ;o)

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  16. Love it! Definitely one of my favourite versions of this dress so far. That print is spectacular.

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  17. Beautiful dress! I have a collection of similar fabrics - special pieces from around the world, and I can totally relate to being intimidated by the fabric! I'm going to take this as some inspiration to actually use some of it! Hearts - Seamstress Erin (seamstresserin.blogspot.com)

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  18. beautiful fabric & great way to use it; the dress is lovely on you!! :)

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  19. print is beutifull and dress is so cute! so lovely!

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  20. Stunning dress! Yet another item of clothing I'd love to steal from your wardrobe. x

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  21. Very beautiful dress and fabric!

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  22. The fabric is beautiful! Great dress! What does your boyfriend's father think of it? I bet he'll love it!

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  23. i think your fabric is real batik fabric.

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  24. Wow, that's beautiful. We're going to Thailand and I hope to bring back some special fabrics of my own.

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  25. Your dress is beautiful! Although, I have to say it looks more like Indonesian batik rather than something from Thailand...

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  26. Another smashing dress. Love the fabric, perfect!

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  27. what a great dress. I just found you blog and I love it! All your projects are really inspiring.

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  28. Thank you so much, and welcome! :)

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  29. You're absolutely right, it was a FAIL on my side...

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  30. Lucky girl! I'm sure you'll find so many treasures!

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  31. I think so, it even looks hand painted!

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  32. Thank you! I haven't showed it to him yet, but I'm invited to lunch at their place soon and this is definitely what I'll wear!

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  33. Thank you so much!

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  34. Thank you! I have a love/hate relationship with my hair (who hasn't?) and these photos were taken before I shortened it a bit.

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  35. Thank you! And thank God for Colette patterns...
    I must say I'm quite lucky in this department; moreover, people close to me know that fabric is the best gift they can give to me! :)

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  36. Thank you, Ginger! :)

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  37. Thanks, awesome lady!

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  38. Thank you so much!

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  39. Well, I didn't fall in love with the Hazel pattern at first sight, but this version might change my mind! And this fabric...really, it's beyond gorgeous!
    I discovered your blog not long ago and it's really great, keep it going on!

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  40. HI Paunnet! I absolutely love this dress!!!! i am so bummed that I discovered it when summer is almost over, but the pattern seams to be quite timeless, so I am thinking I'll do it anyways for the next year!!! Now another thing - I absolutely love your hair color!!!! What product and shades do you use?! i must know!!! :)

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  41. Congrats on your Colette feature! Well deserved!

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  42. Wow! That is beautiful! I love the fabric and you did an amzing job!

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  43. hi paunnet, it's very beautiful dress. i'm sure the fabric was from indonesia-my country- it's called batik

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  44. I bought 5 different fabrics, but I'm going to keep them until I've actually sewn a few pieces of clothing. I'm so scared of messing up my pretty fabric :)

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