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From the Colette Patterns website:
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.
0-18. I sewed a size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of - I mashed version 1 with version 3, so I had the short sleeves from the peplum blouse on the dress, and I used contrasting fabric for the cuffs and collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I LOVE Colette instructions. They are so comprehensive, and the Coletterie blog is packed with sewalongs, tutorials and just general awesomeness.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the simplicity of this pattern to sew up, and the circle skirt is so flattering. This is my second Hawthorn, and in my first one I found the buttons tended to slip out of the buttonholes across the bust FAR too easily. They are vertical buttonholes, but I suspect my sewing machine's automatic buttonhole measurement is a smidge too big. For Hawthorn #2 I made the buttonhole about 1/2" smaller than what the machine would have given me and that seems to have done the trick. Horizontal buttonholes might be the way to go for anyone full busted who is worried about having this problem.
A reddy-orange voile with a bird print and some sort of medium-weight white cotton salvaged from my mum's stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just a petite adjustment of 3/4" for my short waist. I LOVE that Colette drafts for a C cup. I am about 1/2" bigger in the bust than the sizing chart suggests, but I have a slightly narrower back and so I can usually get away without altering the bust (in Colette patterns, anyway).
I should mention I completely changed the buttonhole placement by using my bust apex as a guide and evenly spaced the rest of the buttonholes accordingly, as per this tutorial.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Having made this pattern twice I don't have any immediate plans to sew another one but I do really love the pattern and how quickly it comes together. If I ever find myself needing/wanting a button-up peplum blouse, this will be my go-to pattern, hands down.
If you want a flattering shirt dress pattern that's easy and FAST to sew, this is the one! It is a beautifully drafted pattern, and Colette really sets the benchmark for instructions. If you're thinking about buying this pattern, be assured it will be money well spent
Thank you so much for reading my review. I've got a little more to say on this dress at my blog, if you're interested