Alterations: Lengthened bodice and graded out at the hips
Remember months ago when I said I was going to do the Hawthorn Dress sewalong? Well I did do it! I just never posted the results. Life got busy, I got engaged and this blog got neglected a little bit. But I’m posting it now and will have lots of the other projects I’ve been working on up as well. Thankfully the weather has gotten much better so I can actually take photos outside.
So back to the Hawthorn dress. I really loved the pictures of this dress online and other projects but I have to say I’m not really happy with the result of mine. I lengthened the bodice because I’m tall and I don’t think it helped things sit better. I also felt I should have increased the waist darts because it’s turned out a little too big. Even though I was sure I measure right! I also did a muslin which turned out perfect. Perhaps this fabric stretched a bit while I was making it… I’ve lost a little bit of weight since I finished it (turns out I’m severely intolerant to dairy and eggs which is why I was feeling unwell all the time!) and now it has only gotten more baggy around the bodice.
I have to be honest and say that I thought I would wear this dress but I’ve since found that I haven’t worn it at all. Did any of ye follow the Colette Patterns’ Wardrobe Architect series? I did and found it really brilliant. I’d already been feeling a little unhappy with some of my makes. The result of them were fine but I found I wasn’t wearing them. I’ve since realised that I need to be careful not to be swayed by beautiful picture of other peoples makes. You’ll be seeing a real reflection of my personal style in the next while – especially since I’ve started my pattern drafting course and can design my own patterns which I am loving!
Obligatory twirling photo!
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.