|Pattern Description: |
Turn heads in this curve-hugging classic that combines gamine styling with a flattering and feminine fit.
A semi-circle skirt provides volume without the extra bulk of pleats or gathers at your waist, so you get a clean, streamlined look that's still beautifully feminine. The bodice is fitted with waist darts, while still providing just enough room to keep things comfortable.
While a flat collar and fitted shape give Hawthorn that late 1950s charm, menswear-inspired details like the sleeve cuff and placket lend classic touches that never go out of style. You'll be wearing Hawthorn year round, easily styling it with belts, cardigans, and jewelry.
Version 1 is a short sleeved peplum blouse, which pairs perfectly with a pencil skirt or our slim Clover pants. Version 2 has 3/4 length sleeves with a cuff and menswear-style placket. Version 3 is sleeveless, with armholes finished with bias tape inside (so no annoying facings poking out).
0-18. I made a size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It certainly did!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Colette instructions are wonderful, and the Hawthorn sewalong posts cleared up any slight confusions I could have had (although I felt pretty confident sewing this up). My only minor frustration was I snipped notches in the armholes (out of habit), and because I wasn't attaching the sleeves and was using the bias tape, I had to do a patch-up job when I used the bias tape, because it was stitched with a 1/4" seam allowance and my notches were probably just more than 1/4". I will definitely remember this for next time!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I am a huge fan of the drape of the skirt and the cuuuuute collar. I pretty much love all shirt dresses of all descriptions. I'm looking forward to making the peplum blouse, and perhaps one day the dress with 3/4 length sleeves! There were no "dislikes" but I reckon this dress would be ultra cute with pockets!
A polka dot chambray purchased off eBay from the UK. I think all up the fabric was about $40 AUD.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed this up pretty much as the pattern is designed, with some length taken out of the bodice and even more removed from the back. I think I took about 1" from the bodice front and possibly 1.5" from the bodice back. I had to redraw the button holes, but that was about it. Bless Colette Patterns and their drafting for a C cup!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I looove this dress and I looove the fabric. I'd love to make this dress again, and it really wasn't that time consuming. I would definitely recommend it to others - it's such a cute dress that suits many body shapes and is a wardrobe essential!
I wholeheartedly recommend this pattern to other seamstresses. It's a cute dress that can be made in so many different fabrics/styles and I envision more Hawthorns in my future!
Thanks for reading! Feel free to check out my blog for more rambling/thoughts on the Hawthorn.