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Date: 9/19/13 2:19 PM

Hello!

Can I ask all of you talented individuals out there for an opinion please? I'm planning on taking the leap from a beginner pattern to an intermediate one and I'm not sure which to start with. I have both the Ceylon and the Hawthorn from Colette ready to download but I'm a little intimidated by them. Which would you say would be the easiest of the two? They're very similar styles with loads of buttons so I'm finding it tricky to decide...

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Date: 9/19/13 2:23 PM

I haven't made either yet, although I have made some other Colette patterns. Looking at the line drawings, my guess would be that Hawthorn would be a bit easier to fit and to construct - less pieces and easier to adjust with just the waist seam and darts, as opposed to the bust gathering and the waist yoke (?) piece on the Ceylon.

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Date: 9/19/13 2:32 PM

I have a half-made Hawthorn, and have never tried the Ceylon, so there may be other who have a better grip on this, lol.

IMO the Hawthorn is more straightforward. Basic fitted bodice, simple sleeve, circle skirt. Except for the sleeve cap, no gathering. You can even leave out the collar if you want - and if you keep it, it's not a complicated collar.

Ceyon has more pieces, yokes, gathering in several places above and below the waist.

Oh, and if you are afraid of buttons, you can use pearl snaps (given the right fabric). Any color denim/chambray or calico or other small floral, maybe even small stripes or gingham or plaid (but the matching would be murder).

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Date: 9/19/13 2:37 PM

I think that the Hawthorne is more straightforward and is generally a more versatile pattern. Once you get the fit down, you'll be able to churn out multiple versions with different looks.

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Date: 9/19/13 2:39 PM

If you go to Sewing Pattern Reviews and select Colette in the box at the top, it lists the Colette patterns. Hawthorn is #15 and Ceylon is #16. You might find the reviews helpful in discussing the various elements of construction and any issues people had with these patterns.

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Subject: Topic merged Date: 9/19/13 2:44 PM

Topic merged from Ceylon or Hawthorn? into Ceylon or Hawthorn?

I merged these topics because it's easier to keep track of the replies people post and this is a pattern oriented question.

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Date: 9/19/13 4:53 PM

Thanks, Eleanor. I saw that there were 2 of these - but wasn't sure who to notify (or how to get them merged).

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Date: 9/19/13 6:36 PM

Thank you for all your help. I think I'd arrived at the same conclusion myself, but I really prefer the Ceylon pattern so I wanted to be talked into it!

Thanks for the merging too - I instinctively posted this in the Beginners Forum because that's where I spend most of my time!

Thanks again

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Date: 9/20/13 8:13 AM

Would you believe there's a new Deer and Doe pattern called Hawthorn too? Well, that's the translation;)

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Date: 9/20/13 1:31 PM

Quote: smallmole
Thank you for all your help. I think I'd arrived at the same conclusion myself, but I really prefer the Ceylon pattern so I wanted to be talked into it!

Well, if thats the case... I'm a big believer in working on projects that excite me. There are all kinds of rules and recommendations about project difficulty out there and how you should learn to do x before you try y but I think that's not always best for how everyone learns. Sure, Hawthorn's probably easier but you could certainly figure out Ceylon too. There's nothing like working on something you're not really interested in to kill your interest in a project.

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