Hazel and Victoria.

I have been the very lucky recipient of several exciting packages over the last couple of months. The first of which was an epic haul from the lovely team over at Kollabora.


Amongst the goodies, was a copy of Colette’s Hazel dress. I credit Colette as the company that really got me into sewing. Although the Built By Wendy books first got me interested, it was the finishing techniques in the incredibly clear Colette instructions that made the real difference between sewing for fun and actually starting to replace items in my wardrobe.

Having said that, the patterns tend to be drafted for someone a little shorter than me, and the waists don’t sit quite right. Several years into my sewing journey, I am finally in a position where I feel fairly comfortable making alterations and so this is my first Colette attempt in a while.

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The good news is – I love it!! Given that this is the first actual summer England seems to have had in about 5 years, I have practically no summer dresses so this chambray number has been welcomed within open arms into my wardrobe. The chambray itself came from Merchant and Mills, and is beautiful. I’m desperate to go for a visit to their shop in Rye because their fabric selection looks absolutely stunning.

The other package that was waiting for me when I got back from honeymoon was a copy of the By Hand London Victoria Blazer. There are some really beautiful (and colourful!) versions of this flying around the blogosphere, I’m afraid I’ve gone for a fairly plain blue with a Liberty lawn lining. I really like it though, and when the sun stops shining (words I never thought I’d hear myself say….), I’m hoping it’ll go with everything! It’s really lovely pattern to sew too, hurray!

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  • The Short Sewist

    This is gorgeous, and I’m a fan of the chambray. Ditto on Colette patterns being what really got you into sewing. I’m only just starting to sew regularly now, and credit it to a mixture of the independent designers like Colette, Megan Nielsen, Grainline, Victory etc. I’m glad to have found your blog (thanks burda style!), I look forward to reading more about your sewing.

  • Vintage Reflection

    What an amazing outfit, made entirely by yourself. Such a great feeling!! Also your hair looks delightful here! x

  • Hansi

    Seamstress Extraordinaire :-)

  • http://Revesmecanique.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Gorgeous outfit! I received my Victoria blazer pattern yesterday and can’t wait to get started!

  • http://www.madewithhugsandkisses.com/ Hannah Smith

    Gorgeous dress and stunning pictures xxx

  • Cirque Du Bebe

    Another superb sewing effort! I really like the understated fabrics you’ve chosen, totally refreshing. Your pictures are amazing by the way…

  • Annie Hogan

    the chambray is perfect! I know what you mean about colette patterns. I tried the hazel dress in april and I had a bit of a rough time with the sizing (the bust area and back measurements were the prob for me) but I’m going to have another go – it’s all trial and error I suppose! the cropped blazer is also fabulous btw!

  • Katja

    I never thought about sewing my own version of the Hazel until I saw yours… now I have to get the pattern myself… and the Victoria is the perfect match for it. Stunning photography, too!

  • Taracat

    I love your Hazel. It’s another pattern that Ikeep meaning to make but something else always jumps ahead. And your Victoria goes perfectly with it. While I love some of the really lairy versions I’ve seen yours is much more like the kind of thing I’d want to make if I got round to trying this pattern. Gorgeous, and I bet you’ll get a lot of wear from it.

  • abitofanenthusiast

    Hi Emily! Just found you via Instagram. Love your Victoria and seriously looking forward to trying it for m’self! Where’d you take the piccy? That field is fab! Although looking again could it be Highgate Cemetary?

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

    These are both gorgeous– nice job, girl! Absolutely lovely!

  • http://closetcasefiles.blogspot.ca/ Heather Lou

    Okay, this is great. But I am mad at myself because I am positive I started following your blog a while back but it must have disappeared off my blog reader for some weird reason. So glad I’m back on track!