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Paisley Hazel

standing with leaf

October is my favorite month – there’s apple picking, pies, pumpkin everything, beautiful foliage, Halloween, and best of all – my birthday! I decided to make myself a new dress to celebrate.

I had been swooning over this paisley Thakoon silk crepe de chine on the Mood website for months, and decided I just had to treat myself to it – it would be for my birthday dress, after all. I actually had the chance to visit the Mood store in NYC for the first time in September and that’s when I picked it up. I was visiting my friend Gabbi who patiently waited while I sat on the floor with the black silks debating over which one had the best shade, weight, drape, and finish to compliment my beloved paisley print. It was so much fun to finally go there, and it wasn’t as intimidating as I had anticipated – although I only saw half of one floor. It’s like a museum, you can only process so much at one time before getting burnt out. Soon, you stop seeing all the splendor of what’s in front of you and you don’t appreciate it as you should. It just means I’ll have to go back for many visits! It did help that I went in with a plan. I knew I’d splurge on two yards of the Thakoon paisley, find a black silk to go with it, and allow myself some yardage of one other fabric.

sun flare

I opted to use the Hazel pattern by Victory Patterns for my precious silk. I have really been into shift dresses lately, which is new because I never really liked them on myself before – I tend prefer things that accentuate my waist, not hide it. However when they drape well and are a tad short they can be simultaneously comfortable and effortlessly elegant. I loved the added details in this pattern of the bow neck tie and color blocking. I made the pattern without alterations save for one tiny one, I did an inverse box pleat in the sleeve at the shoulder rather than gathering it.

sleeve tuck

on bridge 1

I very carefully cut the pattern from the silk to ensure the print was centered and matched for the front and back, sleeves, and neck ties. The pattern sewed up quickly and fit together beautifully. I opted to line the bodice rather than use facings, I am not really a facings fan.

sitting on bench

back 2

Bow Detail


2 yards Thakoon silk crepe de chine (the pattern calls for less, but I wanted extra for pattern matching)

1.5 yards Black Silk

1 yard lining

Hazel pattern by Victory Patterns



Russian Red lipstick by MAC

Brass chain bracelet – thrifted

Opal ring (my birthstone) – belonged to my grandmother

Seychelles heels – thrifted

back on bridge

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19 thoughts on “Paisley Hazel

  1. What a beautiful combination of fabrics! And the photos are just perfect! I love the inverse box pleat at the shoulder (I will definitely be using that idea!) and the way you’ve used the fabric print to such good effect on the blouse. Happy Birthday! A trip to Mood sounds like heaven!

  2. I have also used the inverse box pleat on sleeves and love the way it looks on my frame…much better that gathering in my opinion.

  3. This is gorgeous. Excellent birthday dress! A silk Hazel is on my (long) list of dresses make. I was going to use solids but your beautiful print is making me think otherwise. Or maybe I need to make two… :-)

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