**Disclaimer - I made this before my Sew Bossy disaster, so I'm not out of the woods yet!**
I'm not going to lie, I'm smitten with my Neolithic Hawthorn Dress. So much so that as soon as it was finished I immediately cut out a second version, and guess what?!? I'm smitten with my Polka-dot Hawthorn Blouse too!
I used some polka-dot seersucker from my stash and the gold buttons are from a blogger swap, so I guess this was a super cheap make. I know the buttons give it an 80s vibe, but I seriously love this blouse...it's so sweet and retro looking!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this pattern is so flattering and simple to make! The collar is really special and I love the nipped in waist and body-skimming peplum. One thing I would say is that the collar can potentially get really bulky (it's three layers including the facing), so it may be worth thinking of a lighter-weight facing fabric if your fashion fabric is medium or heavyweight. Seersucker's pretty lightweight so I didn't have that problem, but I did opt for lining my facings with silk cotton rather than interfacing. That worked well for both my Hawthorns and makes them feel super luxurious too.
Once again I cut out a straight size 6 and only shortened the bodice by 1 inch. This was a perfect fit last time, but I think for the sleeved version I could do with going down to a size 4 on the sleeves and armholes. But I'm happy overall, so no major complaints here!
Please excuse my weirdly wrinkly neck (eurgh!!!), I just wanted to show off my well-fitting back bodice...
As you can probably guess, I want more Hawthorns in my life. I still have plans for a winter version in chambray and I'm dreaming of cotton lawn blouses. Have you felt like this about a pattern recently?