Hawthorn Dress by Colette Patterns

This pattern was on my wishlist for a long time, so I was very happy to find it under the Christmas tree. I was visiting my older sister and her family on Bainbridge Island, WA over Christmas/New Years, and  they have a very nice fabric shop where I found this most amazing Italian Cotton on sale. I knew right away it would be perfect for this dress. It is lightweight with a beautiful drape. It is a black and purple herringbone weave. It shimmers differently depends on which way one looks at it. Very tough to photograph.

It looks good with petticoat...

...and without. Although I prefer the petticoat look.

The only change I made is I didn't interface the collar. Otherwise I made a size 2 without any alterations.

 All seams besides the waist seam are finished with black rayon seam binding. The waist seam is serged. I forgot why I didn't use the seam binding here as well.

Pattern Description: 
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.

Pattern Sizing:
0 - 18 (Bust 33" - 46")
I made a size 2 according to my bust measurement and it fits perfectly.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very thorough and easy to follow instructions. They also offer a Sew-Along

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Nothing to dislike about this pattern

Fabric Used:
Italian Cotton in purple/black, lightweight, very nice drape

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't interface the collar

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I did already sew it again, and I highly recommend this pattern.

Love this dress!

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Butterick 5882

The glorious Butterick 5882! I can finally add my version to the Blogosphere. As always the last one on the train. But that's okay. Gives me lots and lots of inspiration to look at all the versions before I start my own. I actually bought this pattern long time ago when it was on sale at Hancock Fabrics for $2.99. Who doesn't love a bargain!

The fabric is Kaufman Essex Linen Blend La Femme. I knew immediately that I wanted this dress in this color combination, and I love the result. I am wearing a petticoat in this picture. The skirt really needs a petticoat, otherwise it just hangs there all sad.

A little droopy looking skirt without the petticoat.

Detail of the shelf folding. It is easier than it looks. There was some confusion about how Gertie meant the straps to be folded. I've seen some versions where the straps are folded differently (including Gertie's own version), but I stuck to the original design.

The bodice is lined with Polyester Crepe Back Satin. Leftover from my Colette Truffle Dress.

 The seam allowances are finished with rayon seam binding in cream. The boning has cotton casing and is sewn to the lining, as seen here.

 And here some action shots:

Pattern Description:
Lined dress has bias shoulder straps extending into band, bias pleated bra with stay, princess seams, close-fitting, boned bodice, inside belt, and back zipper.
Pattern Sizing:
4 - 20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very clear step by step instructions. I had no problems. Inserting the boning was no problem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the bust shelf style, and the swishy skirt
Fabric Used:
Kaufman Essex Linen Blend La Femme
Polyester Crepe back satin for lining of bodice
Metal wire boning with cotton casing
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a straight size 10 without any fitting alterations. I didn't line the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again, and recommend it, provided one likes the style.
I love my new dress and have worn it already. It is very comfortable.


Projects in the making

I have tons of dresses to blog about, but no decent picture without a sunburned face. While I am waiting for my face to have a somewhat normal color again I will share a couple of projects I am working on right now.

This is my first paper piecing project. It is very confusing at times. But I think I got the hang of it now. It will be a pillow for one of my nephews. Four more to go, with other pictures of course.

This is what it will look like in the end, I hope.

I used to do quite a lot of cross stitching when I was like 13, and I always thought I would like to do it again. This is a really nice project for that, since it is spread out over a year it doesn't feel overwhelming to do besides all my other sewing projects.

I am using a Q-Snap frame and have to say it is so much nicer than the normal round embroidery hoops.

This one is a surprise! More on it later.


Work in Progress - Butterick 5882

A little preview about my current work in progress. Butterick 5882.

 I always seem to be very late with these popular patterns that everybody seems to make as soon as they are released. This is a very beautiful pattern and I will write a review as soon as the dress is finished.

For now just a quick view. I am very happy about how the pleats turned out. I have to take a break with the dress, because I don't have the boning for the bodice yet.

The dress pinned to my dress form. The bodice and skirt are not yet sewn together. 

 Another project I am very looking forward to is the Multitasker Tote by Anna Maria Horner. The pattern and some beautiful fabric for it are on their way to me. I also have another Coco dress cut out. Hope to finish it over the weekend.


More Coco dresses

I made two more Coco dresses. And a fourth one is already cut out. 
The complete review of my first Coco Dress is here.

I got a bit of a sunburn there. The New Mexico sun is unforgiving. I swear I am using sunscreen. But my face isn't important here. Look at the dresses!

This is the perfectly adjusted version. The first version with the 3/4 sleeves is a size too big. 
For this one I cut a size 2 and cut out the armholes bigger. For that adjustment I usually just chop off a bit from the lower edge of the armhole after cutting out the pattern pieces. In this case I cut off 1/2. The size two sleeves still fit with a bit of stretching.  

 For this one I forgot to adjust the armholes and it is a bit snug around the shoulders and arms. What's with  armhole sizes anyway? Does everybody else have spaghetti arms?

Both fabrics are from

Just a reminder to always wear sunscreen!