Gorgeous, right? The shirt dress is lovely and they are trying to frame it as "timeless daywear" which is what I could use more of... so I made it into a Hawthorn. I'm no model, so... of course, I did not expect to look just like the woman in the ad, but I did expect the print to look awesome. Well, it does but I feel a bit conspicuous. I'm not sure I can wear this around timelessly, during my everyday activities like walking the dog, or shopping at trader joes. What do you think? Maybe I need a fancy interior as background. :)
Pattern: Hawthorn by Colette Patterns
Fabric: Vlisco wax print
Cut & Size: 12 bodice with added FBA bust dart, 12-18 skirt
I'm not sure if my FBA was messed up or if I just have a peculiarly short torso, but I had to cut two inches off the bottom of the front bodice and 1.5 off the back. I tried on my first Hawthorn and can now see similar issues that I was previously able to disregard (getting better at sewing means ones standards are constantly being raised along with skill!) Anyways, it fits now, still a little loose at the waist, but that is probably for the best to insure that no buttons pop. I might take in the side seams at some point.
I added a few inches to the length of the skirt all around and sewed down the horrible facings as much as possible. I must remember for next time that the facings on the back neckline are nasty and awful and must be replaced with bias tape.
All seams are flatfelled including armscyes. Extra pressing helps! Oh and pockets!