Hawthorn blouse

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Last Saturday I was able to sew the majority of Colette Pattern's Hawthorn blouse in one sitting. Of course, for me at least, sewing a blouse in one sitting means a couple of mistakes are guaranteed to happen.

I guess that this is technically a wearable muslin, as I didn't make an official muslin. Kind of crazy for me seeing as I am a stickler about making muslins. Apparently, I am "living on the edge" with this sewing project (I'm so wild). I had a lot of this Betsy Johnson fabric from Mood, so I figured that if the fit was a total nightmare I would just make another blouse.


After tracing the pattern I made a FBA to the paper, but did not make the excess fabric into a bust dart, which I should have. It seemed to throw off my button placement, which I just redrew... incorrectly. Where the peplum attaches to the rest of the blouse there is a gap because there isn't a button and it looks weird on me. After reading about Lauren's sewing tricks I am totally going to steal her idea and put in a hook and eye at the waist and just know that this blouse is going to have to be worn with a belt.


When I make this pattern again I am going to make a few changes. One, I think I need a bigger FBA. Two, make a side bust dart. Three, actually put the buttons in the correct spot. These changes need to be made because I need a sleeveless version of the dress. I just ate a peanut butter and jealous sandwich looking at all the cute versions on the Flickr page.

43 comments :

  1. Hehehehe peanut butter and jealous!! You're too funny. I LOVE this blouse, Erin! I think it looks way cute with the belt whether it's necessary or not ;)

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  2. It looks REALLY cute to me! Ew, I wasn't planning on making the blouse version but now I'm really second-guessing that decision. Peatnut butter and jealous sandwich, indeed!

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  3. It looks great, the fabric is a perfect match for the pattern. Love the buttons too, pearly!

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  4. The fit looks spot on! The sleeves especially look impressive. Just goes to show, we are always our own biggest critics . . .

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  5. Ahhhhh, this is totally freakin' fab! I can't see any of the problems that you're describing-- it looks awesome and the print and style are so you! Love it!!!!!

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  6. Yay for livin on the edge! LOL What beautiful fabric, and the blouse looks great on you! Cute head wrap too :)

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  7. It's so cute! I just bought this pattern and am dying to sew it up... Just have to finish a quilt and a doll for baby girl's birthday first.

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  8. We are definitely our own worst critics. Once you get that hook/eye on there, you'll probably forget all about your "mistakes" and just love the blouse for what it is--cute. :-)

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  9. Peanut butter and jealous sandwich? Lol!! I eat those all the time. They're not good for you though so I'm trying to cut down :p
    Your hawthorne looks amazing :) well done you!!

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  10. Wow this is the second Hawthorn blouse I have seen and both have made me reallllly need to sew one up myself! It looks so gorgeous with your skinny trousers- and I LOVE your fabric choice!
    I have made a toile of the dress and I plan to split the dart between waist and bust dart too as I think it will make the whole bodice more balanced.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. This looks seriously epic on you- I honestly can't see any of the issues you mentioned. Perhaps your rad stealth fabric has indeed worked its magic?

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  12. I love this blouse! The fabric and style is lovely on you. On a side note - I love your headband too. Such a cute style!

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  13. It's gorgeous! And such a pretty fabric :) But waaaah? No muslin! You wild thang you! :P

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  14. This has made me love the blouse more than the dress! It looks great and from the pics I can't see any of the issues you mention. :)

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  15. love love love it! great fabric and buttons and styling. i think it looks great with the belt. you could even make a self fabric belt and that would look really cool.


    also 'peanut butter and jealous' hahaha! that's awesome.

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  16. I didn't know if this pattern was for me, but I absolutely love it in blouse form! Wonderful!

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  17. Oooh good idea! I didn't even think about making a self fabric belt!

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  18. Thanks, Kat! It's one of my first knitting projects. Well, third to be exact :)

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  19. Thanks, Ami! I can't wait to see your version, you sew the most beautiful clothes.

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  20. I agree! Sometime I hate a garment I make and then after I forget about all the mistakes I end up loving it haha :)

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  21. Thanks, Marina! I always struggle with setting in sleeves, so your compliment means a lot to me :)

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  22. Oh I didn't realize it was knit! I'm looking on my phone and it looks almost velvety. I might have to try and knit one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. everyone has been doing this blouse and the dress.. it's really making me want to try it out!


    -amy (www.thatssewamy.com)

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  24. This outfit is beyond adorable.

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  25. I used this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbed-turban

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  26. cute cute blouse :) ...im new to this FBA thing, what is it?

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  27. I love it!! The print looks great with this blouse. One of my favorites that I've seen so far!

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  28. So cute! Great button choice :-)

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