After a couple of weeks of quilting, I’m changing gears this week to work on Colette Patterns‘ latest design, the Hawthorn Dress. Although the pattern is labeled intermediate, Sarai from Colette says, “I’d say it’s on the easy end of intermediate. Because of the cuff, version 2 is the most challenging… Versions 1 and 3 are much closer to the beginner level.”
So when I first heard that Colette was making a shirtdress, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. When I think about a shirtdress, I think of a boxy and unflattering shape. But then when the pattern was released a couple of weeks ago, I decided that it is the most elegant shirtdress I’ve ever seen. This dress certainly proved me wrong in my preconceptions about the style! Isn’t it gorgeous?
The Hawthorn is a perfect example of why I *love* Colette Patterns. They are able to come up with a sewing pattern that has beautiful and unexpected design elements, all the while maintaining a degree of simplicity in the pattern itself. This is what makes their patterns appropriate for beginner seamstresses like myself. I find that a lot of “beginner” or “easy intermediate” patterns at other companies (like the Big 4 – McCall’s, Simplicity, Vogue, etc.) all start to look the same after a while, and Colette Patterns is able to avoid that with their fresh and innovative details. :)
Apart from releasing the pattern, Colette is holding a Hawthorn Sew-Along on their blog, and I’m so signing up this time!! In the two years I’ve been sewing, I’ve never had the time to commit to a Sew-Along, because of one reason or another. Although I start summer school next week, this Sew-Along schedule has us finishing the dress in one month. I figure I’ll have plenty of time in the evenings to follow along with the group, and at least be able to sew up one version of the dress in that time.
I’m looking to make the sleeveless Version 3 in a navy-grey seersucker, and Version 2 with the sleeves from Version 1 in a linen and cotton chambray mix. I just got my fabric in the mail yesterday, but still need to buy buttons for each. I’m thinking I’ll probably do wood buttons for the seersucker, and maybe navy buttons for the chambray…? What do you think? I’m still debating.
Since its already July 2, I’m a bit behind with my test muslin, so I better get to work this week! I’ll be posting my progress along the way here. :)