Designer: Bella Sunshine Designs
Pattern Name: Hazel
Garment Type: Top, Tunic, Dress
Description: Dolman swing top/tunic/dress with optional ties and sleeve lengths
Fabric Type: 4-way stretch knit fabric with at least a 75% stretch but no more than 100% stretch- Recommend a blend of at least 5% spandex/lycra for good recovery. Good choices would include rayon blends, ITY knits, double or single brushed poly or anything with a good drape. For the shoulder ties, you can use any fabric or choose cording, ribbon, stable lace, or any type of material that is 3/8” (1cm) in width instead of handmade ties.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Size Range: Sizes 0-30 (30-59.75 inches overbust)
Format Options: Letter/A4 and A0, Trim or Trimless pages
Price: $6.50 release sale, regularly $9.00
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Size You Made:
Becky: I blended across several sizes, I started with the 10 without the FBA. BSD uses overbust rather than full bust to determine the starting point for your chest.
Sequoia: I used the 24 for overbust and the 28 for the waist and hips. Since I have sewn up so many BSD patterns, I also know my arm will fit much better in the 24.
Becky: I blended sizes for waist, hips, and bicep in addition to adjusting for height.
Sequoia: I graded between upper bust and waist. I removed 2 inches for height adjustment.
Becky: Rayon Spandex
Sequoia: Rayon Spandex for both versions. The dress is a very light weight RS while the top is a mid weight.
Type of Machine(s) Used:
Becky: Serger and Coverstitch, if I had done the ties, I would have used my regular machine for that. A regular machine would have worked on the entire pattern as well.
Sequoia: Serger and regular my sewing machine.
Did you hack the pattern in any way? If yes, explain.
How were the instructions, construction and/or pattern package?
Becky: I like that BSD always shows me my blending paths and give hints throughout, like when I want to use my sewing machine instead of a serger. There are also trim and no-trim options so you can print whichever you wish.
Sequoia: As always BSD has great directions in a clear step by step layout. I love that there are pictures included to help me along the way. If you aren’t already a member of the Bella Sunshine Designs Facebook group, I recommend them as they are uber supportive! Psst: they are always giving away a copy of Hazel!
Do you like the fit? Did you make a muslin?
Becky: Yes, this was my muslin!
Sequoia: The dress was my muslin (first draft) as well. I quickly sewed up a top the next day!
Would you make the pattern again?
Sequoia: Yes, I have also printed and taped the pattern for my mom.
What was your favorite part of the project?
Becky: I love that this sews up so quickly and the fit is perfection. It is always a relief to have patterns that just “work”. This dress is in heavy rotation already and I can see myself adding a cardigan and scarf when it gets chillier.
Sequoia: I love that it sews together so quickly!! I also love that the sleeves are a whole lotta fancy without any hard work. This pattern is stylish enough to wear out or casual enough to wear in.
GENERAL COMMENTS AREA
Becky: I also made my daughter the girl’s version. I want to make us all the hazels! Want to see how Hazel would look on you? Check out Nikki’s post to DIY your own croquis!
Sequoia: As always, Bella Sunshine Designs is a supportive, inclusive company that wants every person to feel beautiful. Check out my blog for more details on my two versions of Hazel and all the other BSD patterns I have reviewed. You can visit me at SequoiaLynn Sews
While we did not purchase the pattern at list price, we received the final copy in exchange for our time/fabric/resources during testing.