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Colette Patterns: 1026 (Hawthorne) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:lalalauren
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Posted on:1/21/14 5:52 AM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular Petite 
Project Photo:Colette Patterns: 1026 by lalalauren

Colette Patterns: 1026 by lalalauren  Colette Patterns: 1026 by lalalauren  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Available for sale on PR: $18.00 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Pattern Description:
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.

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Fabric Used:
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
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Nancy1955 said...
I would have never thought about purchasing the Hawthorne, but your version looks so beautiful that I might need to consider the pattern. Your fit is spot-on and I love the color of that fabric.
1/21/14 7:44 AM
nothy lane said...
This is the neicest version of the Hawthorne I've seen! Bravo!
1/21/14 10:17 AM
dulcinha said...
Beautifully done! Great fabric choice, and a really nice job of fitting/finishing.
1/21/14 12:13 PM
Nenewhis said...
Such a cute dress, I love the fabric selection and pattern mash up! Good job!
1/21/14 12:21 PM
michellep74 said...
Very pretty dress, and the fit on you is amazing. You're right--horizontal buttonholes do help with the pulling when you're full-busted.
1/21/14 12:53 PM
Deepika said...
Your dress is gorgeous. I love the contrast collar.
1/21/14 3:26 PM
Melwyk said...
I agree, this is a really lovely Hawthorne. The contrast collar is very nice, it gives this a fresh look that is very flattering!
1/21/14 8:51 PM
becca a said...
You achieved excellent fit with this dress and the fabric is a fantastic color!
1/22/14 7:27 PM
lalalauren said...
You are all too kind - thank you so much!
1/22/14 7:32 PM
sewingcanary said...
Collette patterns are showing some great results here. It goes to show what fabric and color can do. If this is your first semi or half circle skirt, Iíll warn you - You will LOVE it. They are so flippy, fun and flattering, yet they donít get in the way of whatever youíre doing like gathered or full circle skirts do. Canít wait to see your next one.
1/22/14 7:48 PM
sewingcanary said...
PS. Was in a rushÖ Re buttonholes. Getting the bust one is critical, as youíve learned. I never fully rely on my buttonholer to make a perfect buttonhole. There are so many variables such as type of fabric, shape and thickness of buttons, interfacings, thread, stitch length. I always make a sample one using the same fabric and number of layers. Once I get it right, the next work fine. Perhaps they make a magic buttonholer now, but mine have never been good without making samples first.
1/22/14 7:56 PM
Howderj said...
I love this!
1/24/14 8:56 PM
gonetroppo said...
I'm making a deer and doe datura with this fabric at the moment (also scored at 40% off post xmas!) - I love what you did with yours ;o)
1/27/14 0:10 AM
Cikka said...
Lovely. Colour, collar, everything. And it's a perfect fit.
4/9/14 1:56 PM
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