Pattern Review

BSD Hazel

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
Layers?: Yes

Read through to the end for a chance to win a copy of the ladies Hazel!

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.

Fabric Used:
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.
Becky: No

Sequoia: No

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?
Becky: Yes.

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.

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.

Since Melissa is super amazing and supportive, she has donated a copy of Hazel to the House of Curves for a little giveaway! Now through August 10, enter to win a copy of the ladies BSD Hazel.


  1. Tamae Putty says:

    Loved seeing this review! Those dresses are so simple and classic; they look great for summer, but I can also easily picture them transformed into winter wear with a few accessories. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dani says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for the detailed review!

    1. You are Welcome!! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kelsey garnhart says:

    Yay! Beautiful!

    1. Hi Kelsey!! thanks!

  4. Allie says:

    This is a great review! I love seeing how the pattern was done from 2 different people!

    1. Hi Allie! I am glad you like this. I look forward to doing more of them!

  5. Katherine Ryan says:

    Ooh, I definitely want to try this one! 🙂

    1. Can’t wait to see yours!!

  6. Joan says:

    What a great review, I love all the the versions you both made! This pattern is going into my wishlist.

    1. It is a great pattern Joan!! Thanks for being here!

  7. Stacey Goett says:

    Wow! Becky’s LBD is wonderful and can be so versatile! I love the floral on Sequoia. Also those shoulder ties look super cute, they would drive me crazy, but the ruching effect is great!

    1. Haha Stacey! Thankfully I don’t even notice them!

  8. Oh, its so simple to construct too!!! Can’t wait to see yours!

  9. S. Marie Frith says:

    I couldn’t enter for free contest. This is first I have seen of these patterns but I want to know more.

  10. Rochelle Deamer says:

    This looks super comfy!

  11. Robin E. says:

    Thank you for your review of this pattern. I’ve been seeing a lot of it but haven’t been sure it’ll fit as well in larger sizes.

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