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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sewing Project: Peach and Black Hawthorn Dress

Yay! I managed to make my Hawthorn dress in time for the sewalong! It was quite a challenge to get this dress done in between work and all of the Super Online Sewing Match projects. For some reason, it's hard for me to switch back and forth between sewing projects- I think I do a better job when I'm able to focus on one at a time. Anyway, it's done and overall I'm pretty happy with it, though there are a few little things I would do differently next time.


I was inspired to do the peach and black color scheme and the paired buttons by this dress from Dear Golden Vintage. Are any of you familiar with their shop? They always stock the most amazingly gorgeous vintage clothing. I often bookmark pictures from their shop for future sewing inspiration! This particular dress is one of my favorites, so I've been eager to try to make my own version and I thought the Hawthorn seemed like a great pattern for it.

I made the dress out of a cotton broadcloth. I think it's more meant for quilting and its a tad heavy for a dress. Unfortunately, we have a pretty limited number of fabric stores in our area so when I'm looking for a particular color quilting cotton is usually the only option. Anyway, it's still a cool and comfortable fabric to wear.
I made a few little modifications to the pattern. After making a muslin, I shortened the waist by about an inch and I took in the bodice back. I lengthened the skirt by three inches (I only made a small 1/4 inch hem). I also shortened the sleeves and added piping to the edges.


Like I mentioned, there were a few things I'll make sure to do differently next time. First of all, I accidentally sewed the collar on with the interfaced side up, which made it stick out in a weird, Judy Jetson-esque manner that no amount of pressing would correct. I should have unpicked it all and turned it around, but since I was running short on time I decided to just tack the collar down. I also messed up on the buttons a bit, putting them too close together at the waist. I'm also not totally happy with the bust dart, which still looks a bit puckery for my liking. Oh well!


When I showed the dress to Phillip, he said it looked a little like a waitress or a bowling outfit (not exactly the look I was going for, ha ha). In the interest of not looking costume-y, I'm trying to figure out how to style it. Here's my first attempt:
What do you think?

Despite the few issues with this dress, I really enjoyed sewing this pattern. It was easy to follow, as all of the Colette patterns are, and I'm excited to make a couple more now that I've gotten the fitting worked out. Maybe a peplum top next?

Thanks for checking out my dress! Have a great week!



22 comments:

  1. That's a really sweet dress, nice job!

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  2. That colour combo is gorgeous! I love the dear golden vintage shop. They have some amazing pieces and this one was the perfect inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Kat! I'm glad you're a fan of Dear Golden! Their blog/shop is my daily vintage eye candy and I'm constantly pinning their dresses for inspiration!

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  3. That is a super sweet dress and I love the sleeves!

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  4. absolutely beautiful - that peach is your color and I love the accents - they really add a beautiful touch to the dress. congratulations

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  5. Oh, it's just gorgeous! I had this dress posted on my inspiration board on Pinterest, too. Wonderful colors!

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  6. It's a really cute dress. The peach/black combo really looks good on you.

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  7. Oh my goodness this is SERIOUSLY adorable!!! Nicely done :)

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  8. Aw..it's cute in an Alice's Restuarant kind of way! Maybe you should just embrace the look and get a big sequined letter to pin to the front a la Laverne and Shirley :)

    Kidding, kidding.

    I like this. I love peach--it's a lot friendlier than pink in a lot of ways. Maybe if you were to pair it with a complementary color shoe and jewelry, it would help make it feel less uniform-ish? This color peach looks lovely with vivid greens, turquoise, and maybe even a mixture...?

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  9. I wander if a grey trim and grey buttons would have made if less uniform like. But I still love it - if you had made it to the voting group you would have been first on my list. I still have the sleeves to attach and buttonholes\buttons. Work, kids and renovations got in the way.
    I really loved this pattern - my first Colette. The sizing was pretty spot on so I learnt a lot about my fit issues. Will definitely by making several variations of this dress.

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  10. Melissa, this is better than the inspiration dress!!

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  11. I think it's fantastic! I love the double buttons and the colors you choose. And the way you styled it is cute. I feel like maybe you need a bunch of stacked bangles!

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  12. This dress is so cute! I love the color combo. It's definitely something I want to try. Great work!

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    1. Thanks! I think it's one of those really classic color combinations!

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  13. The dress is amazing as-is. I wouldn't hide it under a grey cardigan and a belt. I especially love the uneven/grouped buttons. I've seen that on a few vintage dresses around the internet, and definitely want to try it.

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    1. Thanks! I really love the grouped button look too. I'm glad I was able to pull it off with this dress!

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  14. Your dress is so lovely! I love your use of the black buttons grouped in 2s, it really adds a lot of interest and style to it. Great job. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I really like the paired buttons. I think that's part of why I loved the inspiration dress so much! It's really a cool vintage detail.

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  15. I'd say - take the collar off and try to remodel the neckline to your first example dress, and set it with a little black lining as you did the sleeves. Would make it much more elegant and less waitressy :)
    But otherwise - darn nice dress and really well made. Suits you too - I would make that number some other time too, if you don't mind the work!

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    1. I have to admit, I probably won't bother now that the dress is finished, but I agree with your assessment. I definitely want to make at least one other Hawthorn, so I might try changing the neckline in the future!

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