Polka-dot Hawthorn Blouse

**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?

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  1. Yes I have! And funnily enough about the same pattern :) I also made the dress and blouse versions. And this weekend I am out fabric shopping to get my hands on a chambray for a wintery hawthorn with long sleeves :) Thanks, for the tip with using cotton silk as a facing, because I had problems with the bulkyness before. Love your polka dot hawthorn :)

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    1. Looks like great minds think alike Ela!

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  2. What a top top, Marie!! Everything about it is fabulous: the fabric looks so fresh and summery and the fit is superb. No wonder you want to make more. Nice work :-)

    Sorry if this appears twice- I was leaving a comment and got kicked out ofmBloglovin.,,,

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    1. Thanks Winnie, you're too lovely as always!

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  3. its dreamy my friend... i actually like the blouse version of this pattern more then the dress.

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    1. I must say, the blouse version is really special!

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  4. Just beautiful! I may have to push this pattern up a little higher on my list now. I can see a couple of work shirts in the making.

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    1. I hope you do, it's worth it ;o)

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  5. Good work! It looks so nice and classy. Especially the whole outfit put together. I have button jealousy now.
    And new fringe?

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    1. Hehe, thanks so much Amy! And yes, it is a new fringe...which my boyfriend hilariously hates!

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  6. Both of your Hawthorns are gorgeous. I haven't tried the pattern yet, but want to make a long-sleeved plaid flannel Hawthorn dress for fall/winter.

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    1. Oooh go for it, that sounds lovely!

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  7. So cute. The fit is impeccable.

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  8. I love this!! You did a fantastic job! May need to give the pattern a try.

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    1. Thanks Rita, it's a lovely pattern!

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  9. love this polka dot version, the fit is perfect on you!

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  10. This is adorable! It looks so great on you! Cute cute cute!

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  11. Oooo - so lovely! The spots are fab (as spots always tend to be) and I agree, such a flattering top. I also really love your button choice :)

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    1. Thanks Suzie, it really had a lovely retro feel to it!

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  12. Love the red polka dots! I just bought this pattern (finally) and got some white swiss dot to make the blouse and some chartreuse striped shirting to do the long sleeved version. Can't wait! You did a really wonderful job on this one!

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    1. Oh gosh, your versions sound like they're going to be winners!

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  13. Looks gorgeous hun - I know what you mean about the interfacing. I just made the shirt version and left it off completely - seemed to work okay (which in my books means success) ;)

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    1. Absolutely! Sometimes I swear that interfacing just makes thins worse...II didn't use any on both my Mathilde's and they're both brilliant!

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  14. You seriously have THE ideal body for wearing this type of blouse. The nipped waist and peplum really just emphasize how gorgeous you are to begin with, and it's sooo flattering! For real, you look good, lady!!

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    1. Aaaaw, thank you! I don't have THE body for many things, but I do agree that this style suits me...it hides the muffin tops you see ;o)

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  15. Beautiful blouse! I really like the fit on you! My pattern that I couldn't get enough of has been the wiggle dress from Gerties book, I've made three so far!

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    1. Thank you Kim! I've yet to make anything from Gertie's book, but I really want to!

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  16. Doll this is just gorgeous. It just hits at all the right bits :) Plus I love you're fringe you're totally owning it nice work *thumbs* xxx

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    1. Haha, thanks so much! My boyfriend hates my fringe so much, it's actually quite funny!

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  17. This is so cute! Love it! Your new fringe too :)
    And errrr- your neck isn’t weirdly wrinkly? It just moves. This is a good thing ;)

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  18. Oh my! I'm trying to decide if Hawthorn would work for me...and this blouse is definitely swaying me towards a yes! So pretty!

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    1. Oh, do it! I can't imagine anyone not suiting this pattern!

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  19. Your Hawthorne is my Chantilly! I needed an intervention before I ended up with a closetful. I loooooove the fabric. So sweet and ladylike!

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    1. Hehehe, your Chantilly addiction was brilliant...such beautiful dresses!

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  20. Oh wow, Marie you look incredible. This blouse is so cute, it's perfect. I am also really appreciating your amazing hair!

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    1. Aaaw, thanks Clare! The boyfriend loathes the fringe ;o)

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  21. Hey, you stunning lady, I love your hawthorne :D polka dots are the best right?? And the fit is amazing, so well done!

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  22. Gorgeous, and it fits fabulously! Love the red polka dots :)

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  23. Loving the bangs (fringe)! This is adorable on you. The shape couldn't be better and polka dot seersucker, brilliant! Oh and can I add, how great are your shoes?!

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    1. Thanks for all the lovely comments Tasha! You're such a doll!

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  24. Absolutely love your choices here!!! I'd wear that top in a heartbeat! Beautiful work!

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  25. Oh this is just adorable! You really can't go wrong with polka dots can you. Love!

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  26. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the fabric, and the silhouette and fit are both perfect.

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  27. That is gorgeous! I love it so much.. suits you to a tee

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  28. Love it. You have achieved a perfect fit and the colour, cut and style is so flattering on you.

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  29. It looks amazing on you! And I think the gold buttons make a really nice addition to the blouse.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating my buttons! ;o)

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  30. So lovely! I really like the shape of the Hawthorn blouse, and it's so perfect on you! The red polka dots and gold buttons are such a great match.

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    1. Thanks Becca! I bet this would suit you so well!

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  31. Gorgeous blouse, so feminine! I usually sew with organic fabrics at www.organiccottonplus.com but I'll definitely check out your sources too

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  32. This is gorgeous! I don't think you can have too many Hawthorns, I have at least two more planned, including a peplum blouse. Your hair looks great too.

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    1. I totally agree...lets' all go Hawthorn crazy! Can't wait to see your next version!

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  33. I'm a bit late with my comment on this! But wowzers, Marie - this is gorgeous and so you! love it! x

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    1. Aaaw thanks so much Shivani! Please don't apologise, I know you've had your plate full lately!

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  34. Beautiful Marie!! This pattern just fits you like a glove!! Yowzers!

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  35. I'm in love with this version!!! I had so much success with my Hawthorn, I have about half a dozen planned!!

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  36. What a fabulous version! Thanks for the great idea!

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