Back to School with Hazel

Welcome back to another installment of our Back to School 2019 tour! Today we'll hear from Laurie and see the super sweet Hazel that she made!

Back to School with Hazel

Hi, I'm Laurie with Make it Sew with The Bear and Pea Atelier.  I am so excited to be on the Back to School tour and sharing my make with you! I have been lucky over the years to be able to test with BSD quite a bit and consider it a privilege to get to chat with you today.

Back to school can be such a hectic time of year between getting kids (and me) back on schedule, buying supplies and sewing new wardrobes. Fortunately for me, Lolli loves dresses so a bulk of my sews this year ended up being fill-in stuff for the transition to winter.

After taking a look at what Lolli needed most, I realized it was tops. I had been wanting to try the new Girls Hazel Dolman because I knew it is loaded with options and if Lolli loves it as a top then I knew I could use it for dresses too! 

Sewing Hazel

So the details of the pattern include:
  • Sizing range of 6m- 12yrs
  • Top, Tunic or Dress length
  • 3 sleeve options: sleeveless, short or 3/4
  • Simple or ruched sleeve
I opted for the short-sleeved tunic version with ties because I like the detail. I knew Lolli would love being able to have short sleeves and the option to make the sleeves shorter. Once we figured out our options,  we went to figure out fabric choices. Lolli decided on using this fun floral dino swim fabric from Run Amok Fabrics.

For Lolli's version, I graded between a size 3t chest and 5t length. The instructions for grading are excellent, as usual.

I really love how this pairs with both shorts and pants.

I know it's going to get a lot of wear this year. Lolli has picked out fabric for 3 more (2 tops and a dress), so I would say it's pattern love!

*One quick tip: this pattern is for confident beginners. The most complicated step is creating the channels for the sleeve pulls. If you are a beginner or not familiar with sewing swim fabrics, I would not recommend using it for this project. It's very slippery and made sewing things more complicated than it needed to be. If you decide to live dangerously, like I do, and go for it; make sure to thoroughly pin OR my favorite trick, use a little Elmer's school glue in a stick and that will help make the edge a tad stiffer and easier to keep in place.

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